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Nuggets Beat Suns: Lawson Scores 21 To Lead Denver Past Phoenix In Preseason Opener (PHOTOS)

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Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) goes up for a shot against Phoenix Suns point guard Shannon Brown (26) and Marcin Gortat (4) from Poland during the third quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Denver, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) goes up for a shot against Phoenix Suns point guard Shannon Brown (26) and Marcin Gortat (4) from Poland during the third quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Denver, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER -- Ty Lawson had 21 points and seven rebounds, Danilo Gallinari scored 15 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns 127-110 Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Nuggets rookie Kenneth Faried added 14 points and Al Harrington had 12.

Marcin Gortat and Hakim Warrick led Phoenix with 14 points each. Steve Nash had 11.

The Nuggets took the lead for good on a layup by Lawson late in the first quarter. The lead grew to 11 midway through the second before Andre Miller's steal and layup just before halftime gave Denver a 63-49 cushion.

The Nuggets continued to push the pace and increase the lead in the third quarter. Lawson hit a 3-pointer and two free throws to give Denver an 82-65 advantage midway through the period. Faried brought the crowd to its feet with consecutive dunks to give the Nuggets a 97-81 lead heading into the fourth.

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