Rookie guard carries Nuggets past Knicks down the stretch

– Rookie guard Emmanuel Mudiay scored nine of his 15 points during a decisive fourth-quarter run, and the Denver Nuggets defeated the fading New York Knicks 101-96 on Sunday.

Former Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton each had 19 points to lead the Nuggets. But it was Mudiay, who was just 2-for-12 through three quarters, who delivered nearly all the points during an 11-2 spurt that put the Nuggets in control after the game was tied at 86-86. Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks.

HIGHLIGHTS

• SHOOT, SCORE, CELEBRATE: Nik Vucevic hit an 18-footer at the buzzer, and the host Magic beat the Hawks 96-94. Jeff Teague scored 24 for the Hawks, who had won three straight.

• STRONG ENOUGH: Avery Bradley scored 25 points, Isiah Thomas had 22 and the Celtics held off the Kings 128-119 in Boston for their ninth win in 10 games. Jared Sullinger matched his season high with 21 points and Tyler Zeller had a season high 17 with seven rebounds for Boston, which committed 24 turnovers but shot 56 percent.

• IT'S HOW YOU FINISH: Chris Paul missed his first nine shots but ended with a game-high 22 points in the Clippers' 100-93 victory over the Heat. The Clippers also announced that guard Austin Rivers is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a broken left hand suffered in Wednesday's loss to the Timberwolves.

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