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Pat Sullivan, Associated Press
Houston Rockets' Patrick Patterson (54) grabs a rebound while surrounded by Denver Nuggets' Arron Afflalo (6), JaVale McGee, center, and Al Harrington, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 16, 2012, in Houston.

HOUSTON — Arron Afflalo scored 26 points, Ty Lawson had 25 and the Denver Nuggets continued their playoff push with a 105-102 victory over the fading Houston Rockets on Monday night.

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Al Harrington added 15 points and Andre Miller had 13 assists for the Nuggets, who swept back-to-back games with the Rockets, the team directly behind them in the Western Conference standings.

Denver began the night holding the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference, one game ahead of the Rockets. Houston was only one game ahead of Phoenix and 1 1/2 games ahead of Utah, who were both playing later Monday.

Goran Dragic and Chandler Parsons scored 21 points apiece for the Rockets, who have dropped four straight after a four-game road winning streak.