Nuggets shoot past Rockets

Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo each scored 20 points, as the Nuggets eased past the Rockets, 101-86 in a matchup between postseason contenders.

Both teams came in sporting identical 32-27 records, good for the last two spots in the Western Conference playoff race.

Denver seized control of the seventh position by shooting 49 percent and holding the Rockets to 32 percent shooting in a lopsided second half.

Luis Scola and Chase Budinger netted 19 points apiece for Houston, which has dropped three straight and holds just a one-game lead over ninth-seeded Phoenix.