The Nuggets played the fourth quarter without leading scorer Antonio McDyess, who partially dislocated his left kneecap late in the first half. McDyess, who played the third quarter with the injury, finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
"I was running so fast and I just planted and felt a sharp, sharp pain go through my knee," McDyess said. "It was my decision to try and see how it felt. When I walk it's fine. But when I try to run and plant and move and jump, that's the only thing."