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Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas, third from left, of Lithuania, is fouled as he goes up for a shot by Denver Nuggets guard Aaron Brooks, second from left, and center Timoey Mozgov, of Russia, left, as guard Randy Foye, right, looks on in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) -- Randy Foye scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, and the Denver Nuggets hung on to beat the Houston Rockets 123-116 on Wednesday night.

Kenneth Faried had 23 points and Timofey Mozgov added 22 for the Nuggets, who beat the Rockets for the first time in three tries this season.

Jeremy Lin led eight Houston players in double figures with 18 points.

Both teams were missing key players heading into the game and the Rockets got a scare when James Harden, leading a fast break, appeared to bang his left shin in a collision with Aaron Brooks midway through the third quarter. Fouled on the play, Harden made both free throws and left the game briefly to have the leg tended to before returning to action.

Houston's Dwight Howard, bothered by a left ankle sprain, did not play for the 10th time in the last 12 games. Denver was without Wilson Chandler (left groin strain) and Ty Lawson (left ankle sprain).

Trailing by 10 at the half, Houston pulled to 94-86 on a jumper by Chandler Parsons late in the third quarter. Foye, though, hit a long jumper, starting an 11-2 run over a 2

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