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Faried has career-high 34 points to go with 13 rebounds in Nuggets' 137-107 rout of Pelicans

  • Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, left, grabs a rebound over New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca, of France, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game  on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

    Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, left, grabs a rebound over New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca, of France, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, left, is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow, right, as he drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

    Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, left, is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow, right, as he drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye, left, goes up for a shot over New Orleans Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

    Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye, left, goes up for a shot over New Orleans Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)  (The Associated Press)

Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 34 points and added 13 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 137-107 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

The Nuggets raced out to a 40-26 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back, making 15 of 27 3-pointers compared to 2 of 9 for New Orleans.

The Pelicans also had no answers inside for Faried, who went unchecked numerous times for backdoor dunks and easy short jumpers in surpassing his previous career best, 32 points against the Lakers on March 7.

Tyreke Evans scored 27 points for New Orleans, which was without All-Star forward Anthony Davis in the second half because of back spasms. He finished with six points and three rebounds.

Nuggets reserve Aaron Brooks had 24 points, going 6 of 8 from beyond the arc.