DENVER - J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 11 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets overcame a slow start to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 102-93 Sunday.
Wilson Chandler added 19 to help the Nuggets bounce back from a rare home loss on Friday. They're 7-3 at Pepsi Center this season after going a franchise-best 38-3 in 2012-13.
Ryan Anderson scored 26 and Austin Rivers chipped in a season-high 17 for the Pelicans, who began a five-game road swing. They were without Tyreke Evans. The versatile guard sat out with a sprained left ankle.
This game was tight most of the way, with neither team able to pull away. The Nuggets went on an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter to gain a little separation, leading 71-62 after a pair of free throws by Ty Lawson.
Jordan Hamilton put an exclamation on the win with dunks on back-to-back possessions late in the fourth .
The Nuggets again received solid production from their bench players, with Nate Robinson leading the way by scoring 14. The reserves are averaging 45.3 points, which is third-most in the NBA.
Denver trailed 27-24 after the first quarter. It's the eighth straight game in which Denver has trailed after the opening 12 minutes.
Fed up with his team's slow starts, coach Brian Shaw has done some investigating. He and his staff examined what the players were eating in pregame meals, whether they were getting proper rest leading up to tip and even changed their stretching routine. He threatened to change the starting lineup.