DENVER (AP) - Even the return of Kenyon Martin couldn't snap the Denver Nuggets out of their funk.
Ron Artest scored 22 points and Aaron Brooks added 19 in the Houston Rockets' 97-95 win over the fading Nuggets on Monday night.
Brooks sank one of two free throws with 22.7 seconds left to give Houston a 93-90 lead. Linas Kleiza got the rebound and Denver called a timeout. But Chauncey Billups, who led the Nuggets with 28 points, missed a layup, and Kyle Lowry sank two free throws with 9.9 seconds left.
After Billups' bucket made it 95-92, Brooks sank two free throws, rendering moot J.R. Smith's 34-footer at the buzzer and securing Houston's 11th win in 13 games since Tracy McGrady's season-ending knee injury.
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