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Indiana rallied to pull to 74-70 at halftime. Granger led the surge, scoring 26 first-half points, tying him with Memphis rookie O.J. Mayo for the most points in a half against Denver this season.
With his second 3-pointer of the first half, J.R. Smith moved into fourth on the Nuggets" all-time list, passing Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (371). Smith finished with 10 points.
The Pacers may soon have Mike Dunleavy back on the court, possibly even Wednesday at Phoenix.
Dunleavy has been out all season with a right knee injury. O'Brien said Dunleavy's minutes will be closely monitored once he returns.
Notes: The Nuggets picked up a future second-round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday for Cheikh Samb and cash considerations. Samb arrived Denver on Nov. 3 with Billups and Antonio McDyess for Allen Iverson. Samb has been playing in the NBA Development League. ... The Pacers kicked off a season-long five-game road trip against Denver. ... Pacers G T.J. Ford, bothered by a sore lower back, suited up but didn't play. ... Indiana G Marquis Daniels strained his left groin in the first half and didn't return. He finished with two points.
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