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Dec 23, 2011 3:06 AM by Lee Douglas

Nuggets beat Suns in preseason tuneup

PHOENIX (AP) - Danilo Gallinari scored a game-high 23 points and the Denver Nuggets opened the fourth quarter with a 16-3 run en route to a 110-85 win over the Phoenix Suns in an exhibition game Thursday night.

Corey Brewer scored eight of his 20 points during the decisive run which saw the Nuggets extend an eight-point advantage to 95-74 with 7:04 remaining.

Kosta Koufos scored 15 points and DeMarre Carroll added 14 for Denver, which swept the two-game exhibition series against Phoenix.

Jared Dudley scored 17 points, Hakim Warrick had 15 and Shannon Brown added 14 for the Suns, who were without forward Marcin Gortat, out with a slight non-displaced fracture of his right thumb.

Steve Nash had five points on 2-of-9 shooting and added eight assists in just over 26 minutes for the Suns, who earlier Thursday waived guard-forward Mickael Pietrus.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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