Jan 28, 2010 12:02 AM
HOUSTON (AP) - J.R. Smith scored 22 points, Kenyon Martin added 12 points and 15 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to eight games with a 97-92 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
The Nuggets won for the second straight time without Carmelo Anthony, the NBA's second-leading scorer, who sat out with a sprained left ankle.
Chauncey Billups scored 21 points, Nene added 18 and Denver went 29 for 39 from the free throw line to win in Houston for just the fourth time in its last 16 trips.
Aaron Brooks scored 22 points and Luis Scola added 20 for the Rockets, who've lost four of their last five home games.
The win is the Nuggets first in Houston since 2007.
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