J.R. Smith and Nene scored 19 points each, Chauncey Billups had 14 points and 10 assists and the Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to three with a 121-96 win over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night.
Vince Carter scored 32 points for the Nets, who went 0-4 on the Western Conference portion of their five-game road trip. New Jersey plays at the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
The Nets played without injured point guard Devin Harris and forward Sean Williams, who was arrested Monday at a cell phone store in a mall in suburban Denver on accusations he got into an argument with a clerk and threw a computer monitor.
At about 2 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a disturbance at a cell phone store at the Park Meadows Mall, Detective Sgt. Ron Pinson of the Lone Tree police said.
Damages were estimated at $1,200 to $1,300, he said.
Pinson said Williams was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and felony criminal mischief. He was taken into custody without any further incident and transported to the Douglas County Jail, where he posted bond. Pinson didn't know the amount of Williams' bond.
Harris sprained his left shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Clippers. New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said Harris will be evaluated Tuesday.
Without Harris and Williams, the Nets faded in the second half. Denver led 49-43 at the break and extended it to 14 in the third quarter despite a big period by Carter. Carter scored 17 points in the period, including all five of his 3-pointers, and helped New Jersey stay within 83-72 heading into the fourth.
Smith hit four of his six 3-pointers in the final period to help blow open the game.
The Nuggets, who lost to the Nets by 44 points on Feb. 7, nearly delivered the same punishment to New Jersey. With the win they extended their lead in the Northwest Division to a game over Portland and 1 1/2 over Utah.
The Nuggets used a 17-2 run to lead by 14 in the first quarter. The Nets came right back with a run of their own. Keyon Dooling hit a 3-pointer at the end of the quarter as part of a 12-2 New Jersey spurt that cut the lead to 30-26. But Denver bounced back to push the lead to nine.
Notes:@ Nuggets F Kenyon Martin returned after missing two games and five of the last six with a strained lower back. He scored eight points in 15 minutes and didn't play in the second half. ... Denver F Renaldo Balkman left the game in the third period with a left groin strain and did not return.
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