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Will Barton scores 17 points, Nuggets beat Knicks 129-92

Will Barton scored 17 points to help the Denver Nuggets beat the New York Knicks 129-92 on Thursday night.

Jerami Grant added 16 and Monte Morris had 15. The Nuggets shot 56% from the field, had eight players reach double-figures and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Mitchell Robinson had 17 points and Marcus Morris Sr. and Bobby Portis each added 10 for New York. The Knicks have lost eighth straight.

Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) goes to the basket past New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP PhotoMary Altaffer)

Denver led by 43 points in the fourth quarter.

The Nuggets used a 17-1 run to take a 67-45 halftime lead.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Coach Michael Malone said the team has its highest expectations in his tenure and every game the team plays opponents are “circling us.” ... Malone added his greatest challenge will be getting Michael Porter Jr. minutes to develop going forward.

Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley (25) reacts as he heads to the bench during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP PhotoMary Altaffer)

Knicks: Elfrid Payton returned to the lineup after missing the previous 17 games. ... Damyean Dotson suffered a dislocated left pinky in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: At Boston on Friday night.

Knicks: Host Indiana on Saturday night.

New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) fouls Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP PhotoMary Altaffer)

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox II (20) stops Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez (41) from scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP PhotoMary Altaffer)

Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) drives to the basket as New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (13) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP PhotoMary Altaffer)

Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) shoots a 3-pointer over New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP PhotoMary Altaffer)