CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Arron Afflalo scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets held off the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88 on Friday night.
The Nuggets entered in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Western Conference standings with Houston and Utah and in need of a victory against the worst team in the league. Both the Rockets and Jazz were also in action Friday night.
They got it behind a balanced effort as Ty Lawson had 14 points and 10 assists, while Corey Brewer added 17 points off the bench on 7-for-11 shooting, and Kenneth Faried had 12 points.
Gerald Henderson had 21 points to lead the Bobcats, who have lost six straight games and remain the only team in the league with fewer than 10 victories.
Corey Maggette had 19 points and six rebounds before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a strained right Achilles. He did not return.
Bobcats coach Paul Silas said Maggette is out at least a week and will not travel with the team to Detroit. Results of an MRI exam were not yet known.
The Bobcats came into the game worst in the league in 3-point shooting percentage at less than 30 percent, but opened the game by hitting four of their first five shots from behind the arc to build a 28-23 lead after the first quarter.
Maggette hit three of those long-range shots.
D.J. Augustin, who was encouraged by Silas to shoot more, attempted just five shots and made two, finishing with four points. Augustin, who Silas refers to as his team's best shooter, has just 21 points in the past six games.
The Nuggets regained the lead in the second quarter and led by as many as nine before the Bobcats closed the first half with an 8-0 run to trim the deficit to 52-51 entering the locker room.
The Nuggets outscored the Bobcats 32-12 in the paint and out-rebounded the Bobcats 24-13 in the first half.
The third quarter, which has been the Achilles heel for the Bobcats all season, did them in once again. Denver outscored them 22-15 to take an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter which they never relinquished.
Notes: Former N.C. State and NBA legend David Thompson was at Friday night's game. ... Maggette and Augustin were both assessed technical fouls for disputing calls.