Babbitt leads Pelicans past Nuggets 101-95
New Orleans (AP) - Luke Babbitt scored 22 points and Tim Frazier had 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, leading the injury-riddled New Orleans Pelicans past the Denver Nuggets 101-95 on Thursday night.
Babbitt had 10 of the Pelicans' first 12 points and scored on a driving layup with 2:08 left to give them a 94-89 lead. After Denver cut the deficit to 94-91, Babbitt hit two free throws and Frazier sank a 3-pointer to seal the game.
New Orleans took the lead for good, 81-80, on Frazier's high-arching shot early in the fourth quarter. He then scored six points on a three-point play and 3-pointer to give the Pelicans a 92-84 advantage.
Toney Douglas added 20 points and a season-high 10 assists for New Orleans.
Darrell Arthur tied a career high with 24 points for Denver, who are on the verge of being eliminated from the Western Conference playoff picture.