Denver guard Ty Lawson, driving on Portland forward Luke Babbitt, finished with a double-double (24 points, 12 assists).


DENVER - Wilson Chandler admitted feeling a bit winded and tired in his second game back from hip problems that had sidelined him for two months. Not enough to bother his shooting touch, though.

Chandler hit a tiebreaking three-pointer with 14.9 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 115-111 Tuesday night for their season-best sixth consecutive victory.

"The way the game was going for me, I was a little fatigued," said Chandler. "So to come in and hit a shot like that is big."

Chandler got open in the corner and former UA Wildcat Andre Iguodala got the ball to him. Chandler swished the shot to finish with 13 points.

Danilo Gallinari added 25 points, including a key three in the extra period. Ty Lawson had 24 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets, who are 2-0 in OT this season.

LaMarcus Aldridge's 28 points led Portland, which lost for the first time in six OT games this season. Portland's Wesley Matthews hit a tying three with 32 seconds left in regulation.

• Lakers 104, Bucks 88: In Los Angeles, Dwight Howard had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant also scored 31 points and the Lakers beat Milwaukee for their second straight win after a six-game skid.

Metta World Peace added 12 points as the Lakers prepared for Thursday's visit from the NBA champion Miami Heat with an impressive effort against the Bucks, who lost for the second time in five games under interim coach Jim Boylan.

Bryant and Howard both had 30-point games for the second time in their brief tenure together.

• Clippers 117, Rockets 109: In Houston, Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, including 12 straight to start the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers looked just fine without Chris Paul.

The Clippers won their second game in a row despite missing their star point guard, who is day to day with a bruised right kneecap.

James Harden had 23 points for the Rockets, whose four-game losing streak is a season worst.

• Nets 113, Raptors 106: In New York, Brook Lopez had 22 points and nine rebounds, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 21, and Brooklyn beat Toronto to extend its season-high winning streak to seven.

Andray Blatche added 14 points for the Nets, in the midst of their longest winning streak since running off 14 in a row late in the 2005-06 season. Brooklyn is 9-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo and has pulled within 1 1/2 games of the Knicks for the Atlantic Division lead. Kyle Lowry scored 21 points for the Raptors.

• Pacers 103, Bobcats 76: In Charlotte, N.C., Roy Hibbert had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Indiana handed Charlotte its 13th straight home loss.

The Pacers bounced back from Sunday's 11-point defeat to Brooklyn and won for the fifth time in six games.

With team owner Michael Jordan looking on from the bench, the Bobcats lost their fifth in a row. They've dropped 24 of 26.

• Hornets 111, 76ers 99: In Philadelphia, Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points and Eric Gordon added 19 to help New Orleans beat Philadelphia. Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 29 points and 11 assists.

Rim shots

• Miami's LeBron James needs 18 points tonight at Golden State to become the 38th NBA player and youngest to score 20,000. James is 28 years, 17 days old. Kobe Bryant got there when he was 29 years, 122 days. Wilt Chamberlain (29 years, 134 days) and Michael Jordan (29 years, 326 days) are the only others to reach the milestone before turning 30.

• Days after forward Carmelo Anthony's overreaction to some bad words led to an NBA suspension, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan had two audio technicians stationed at opposite corners of the court monitoring everything said to and by Anthony during Friday's home game against Chicago.

• San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is expected to miss 10-14 days with a left hamstring strain.

• Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love is expected to return sometime in March after undergoing surgery Tuesday on his broken right hand.