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Posted: Friday October 12, 2012 11:23PM ; Updated: Friday October 12, 2012 11:53PM

Preseason: Brewer, Nuggets beat Spurs

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Corey Brewer shoots over Gary Neal in the Nuggets' preseason opener.
Corey Brewer shoots over Gary Neal in the Nuggets' preseason opener.
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Corey Brewer scored 24 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 97-91 Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Danilo Gallinari added 19 points, Andre Iguodala had 11 and JaVale McGee scored 10.

Tim Duncan went 8 for 11 from the field in leading the Spurs with 21 points in 25 minutes at the AT&T Center. Gary Neal added 19 points and Stephen Jackson 13.

Tied at 45 after the first half, the Nuggets went on a 10-0 run in the opening minutes of the third quarter to capture a 57-47 lead. McGee had a pair of one-handed dunks and blocked a layup attempt by Boris Diaw in the run.

The Spurs emptied their bench with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.

Utah 97, Oklahoma City 81

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mo Williams hit his first four shots and finished with 15 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a victory over Oklahoma City.

Gordon Hayward added 13 despite an 0-for-6 start while Al Jefferson had 12 points. Reserve Enes Kanter had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Reserve Perry Jones had 14 points for Oklahoma City, which was without key players because of injury and did not play point guard Russell Westbrook.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant played 19 minutes and finished with nine points, three assists, two rebounds and a blocked shot.

The game was a chance for both teams to look at young players. Fifteen Jazz players had played by halftime.

The Jazz got off to a fast start behind two of their new additions, with Mo Williams scoring 10 first-quarter points and Marvin Williams adding eight as Utah took command early.

Houston 95, New Orleans 75

HOUSTON (AP) -- Kevin Martin had 17 points to help the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans Hornets Friday night.

Omer Asik had 15 rebounds for the Rockets (2-0) and Donatas Montiejunas added 13 points, Toney Douglas scored 11, Chandler Parsons and Patrick Patterson each had 10 points.

Al-Farouq Aminu led the Hornets (3-1) with 15 points and Robin Lopez added 11 points and eight rebounds. Greivis Vasquez and Darius Miller each had 10 points and Austin Rivers added seven points. First overall pick Anthony Davis did not dress.

Jeremy Lin put the Rockets up 15 at 64-49 with two free throws with 4:32 left in the third after being fouled hard by Lopez on a drive to the basket. The foul was initially ruled a flagrant but turned to a regular foul after the officials reviewed the play.

Lin was subbed out of the game shortly thereafter with nine points on 2 of 6 shooting and seven assists in 23 minutes.

Houston used a 9-2 run before the half to take a 48-41 lead at halftime capped by Parsons' dunk. The Rockets outscored the Hornets 22-10 in the third quarter to up the lead to 70-51. Martin led the Rockets with eight points in the quarter, including two three-pointers.

Cleveland 86, Chicago 83

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Dion Waiters scored 18 points while Anderson Varejao added eight points and nine rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls at the Assembly Hall.

The Cavaliers took the lead 16-15 at the end of the first quarter and never gave it up.

Trailing 50-29 at the half, the Bulls opened the third quarter with a 15-0 run. The Bulls outscored the Cavaliers 32-13 in the quarter, closing the gap to 63-61.

The Bulls played without star point guard Derrick Rose, recovering from surgery on his torn ACL during the 2012 playoffs.

Tyler Zeller scored 10 points for the Cavaliers, while Omri Casspi, C.J. Miles and Luke Harangody got nine each. Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points, had eight assists and grabbed four rebounds for the Bulls.

Toronto 82, Detroit 75

TORONTO (AP) -- DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points and Ed Davis had 12 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and eight rebounds, and scored on a key possession with less than a minute to play, in his second NBA game.

Valanciunas, whom the Raptors selected with their No. 5 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, is considered a huge piece of the franchise's future. He put in an energetic 30 minutes, banging with Detroit's big men under the glass. On one play late in the first quarter, the rookie did a nice job of driving to the hoop and drawing a foul for a three-point play.

Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 14 points.

Indiana 96, Minnesota 91

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George scored 19 points to help the Pacers to a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Derrick Williams led the Timberwolves (1-1) with 25 points and six rebounds. Kevin Love added six points in 12 first-half minutes. Brandon Roy had six points in 8:15.

The Pacers (1-1) shot 27.3 percent from the field in the second quarter and fell behind 53-42 at the half. A 13-2 run in the third cut the gap. A 19-0 fourth quarter run put the Wolves in a 10-point hole they couldn't recover from. Pacers forward Gerald Green scored 18 while Ben Hansbrough chipped in 10 points and seven assists.

Roy Hibbert (coach's decision), George Hill (thumb) and Danny Granger (knee) did not play for the Pacers. Andrei Kirilenko (coach's decision) also had the night off for the Timberwolves.

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