Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points to lead the Nuggets (29-18) and added five rebounds. Kenneth Faried added 19 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Denver's dominance inside proved to make a big difference as they outscored Houston in the paint, 56-50.
The fourth quarter sealed the Rockets' fate as Denver pulled away and outscored the visitors, 35-24. The game was sloppy on both ends in terms of ball security with Denver committing 20 turnovers and Houston adding 21.
Jeremy Lin led the way for the Rockets (25-23), scoring 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and added five assists. Six Rockets players scored in double figures.