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Nuggets pull off comeback, stretch win streak to 14 games

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U.S. Sports Desk, Mar 22 (EFE).- Reserve swingman Corey Brewer made three free throws in the waning seconds to give the Denver Nuggets a come-from-behind 101-100 home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, the team's 14th straight win.

The Nuggets pulled out the triumph in a surprisingly hard-fought and suspense-filled game Thursday night at Denver's Pepsi Center against a team that is all but mathematically eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

Denver trailed 100-95 with 14 seconds remaining, but managed to rally after Brewer made a 3-pointer and 76ers forward Evan Turner missed a pair of free throws with seven seconds to go in regulation.

On the game's decisive play, Brewer received a pass from teammate Danilo Gallinari and went up for another shot from behind the arc. Determined not to let the red-hot shooter beat them again, guard Damien Wilkins reached up to disrupt the shot and hit Brewer on the arm.

After Brewer made all three free throws, reserve Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph blocked a last-gasp heave from behind the arc by Wilkins to the delight of the home crowd.

Brewer led Denver's attack with 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field and a blistering 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point line.

Veteran point guard Andre Miller, who started the game after Nuggets head coach George Karl gave Ty Lawson the night off, scored 21 points and dished out eight assists.

Wilkins led the 76ers in scoring with 24 points, while point guard Jrue Holiday rebounded from his worst game of the season the night before against the Los Angeles Clippers to score 18 points and hand out 15 assists.

Forward Thaddeus Young scored 18 points and center Spencer Hawes contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds, but it still was not enough in a game that slipped away from Philadelphia in the closing seconds.

The Nuggets improved to 48-22 and currently have the fourth-best record in the Western Conference and the second-longest winning streak in the NBA after the Miami Heat, who will seek their 25th straight victory on Friday night when they host the Detroit Pistons.

In two other Thursday night games, the Portland Trail Blazers notched a 99-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls and the Sacramento Kings edged the Minnesota Timberwolves 101-98.

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