Nuggets make a good comeback but fall short as the Nets beat Denver 116-111 Wednesday night

Posted at 10:05 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 00:05:27-05

NEW YORK -- Brook Lopez scored 24 points, Sean Kilpatrick had 22 and the Brooklyn Nets held off the Denver Nuggets for a 116-111 victory on Wednesday night.

Brooklyn led by as many as 29 points midway through the third quarter, but Denver closed to 103-99 on Kenneth Faried's layup with 4:31 left. But Bojan Bogdanovic and Kilpatrick each made two foul shots in the final 13 seconds to help secure the win for the Nets.

Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 27 points and 15 rebounds. WillBartonhad 15 points, and Jameer Nelson and Nikola Jokic each scored 14.

The Nets had dropped three in a row and 10 of 11. Bogdanovich scored 19 points on 8 for 11 shooting, and Trevor Booker had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Booker went 1 for 2 at the line with 13 seconds remaining for a 112-109 Nets lead. Nelson then threw away the inbounds pass after a Denver timeout, and Bogdanovic made two free throws with 12.7 seconds left.

Chandler then made a layup before Kilpatrick hit the clinching free throws.


Nuggets: Jokic also had 11 rebounds. ... Denver was trying to win consecutive games for only the second time this season. The Nuggets beat the 76ers in Philadelphia on Monday.

Nets: Isaiah Whitehead scored a career-high 14 points. ... The Nets have won six straight games against the Nuggets for their longest current streak against any opponent.


Kilpatrick played eight games during two 10-day contracts with the Nuggets last year.

"I'm a huge fan," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "Sean has proven to me time and time again that he will take any opportunity given to him."


Booker posted his ninth double-double of the season. His previous career high was five, which he accomplished with the Washington Wizards in 2010-11 and 2013-14.


Caris LeVert, the Nets' first-round pick in this year's draft, made his season debut. He was 0 for 3 from the field, but finished with four rebounds and three steals in nine minutes. He had not played due to a left foot injury suffered in his senior season at Michigan.


Nuggets: Visit Washington on Thursday. The Nuggets swept the two-game season series in 2015-16.