Nuggets resume key road trip north of the border

The playoff-hopeful Denver Nuggets will resume their seven- game road trip tonight against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

The Nuggets are 1-2 on the trek following Monday's 108-91 win over the Chicago Bulls, as Ty Lawson scored 27 points and Arron Afflalo had 22. Afflalo returned from a one-game suspension and Al Harrington scored 17 points off the bench for the Nuggets, who are 12-11 away from the Rockies this season.

Andre Miller had 12 points and 10 assists in the win.

"We were running. Even when they scored, we were trying to run it right back down their throat," said Lawson. "It's hard for a team to recover like that. They're still happy they got a bucket and they see us coming back at them."

Denver sits in the eighth and final postseason spot in the West, just a half- game ahead of Houston and two games in front of Phoenix. The Nuggets will also visit the Bobcats, Magic and Hornets on the road swing.

Meanwhile, the Raptors will resume a five-game homestand tonight and opened the residency with Monday's 117-101 loss versus the Orlando Magic.

Gary Forbes led the way for Toronto with a career-high 21 points, while Linas Kleiza chipped in 18 points and Jose Calderon handed out 11 assists.

"We've shown that we can compete with anybody," said Calderon after the loss. "We just have to get back to the things we were doing. It's a tough one. We have to learn from this one like we learn from the good ones."

The Raptors could be without guard DeMar DeRozan again because of a sore left ankle. DeRozan has missed back-to-back games and is averaging 16.5 ppg this season. Toronto is just 8-16 up north this season and will also welcome the Heat, Wizards and Bobcats to town on the homestand.

Calderon has dished out 10-plus assists in three straight games and is averaging 9.0 points and 7.9 assists in March.

Toronto lost at Denver, 96-81, on Jan. 27 this season and is winless in the last nine meetings between the teams. The Nuggets have won 14 of the last 15 matchups in this series, and are unbeaten in four trips to Air Canada Centre.