NEW ORLEANS | DeMarcus Cousins employed a hesitation dribble between his legs as he approached center Kenneth Faried in the lane. The Pelicans big man then spun between Faried and converging Denver forward Wilson Chandler and was fouled as he converted a leaning scoop off the glass. It was perhaps the best of many highlights for Cousins, who had 40 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks to help New Orleans down Denver 123-114 on Wednesday night.

DENVER | Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap will be sidelined for several months after undergoing surgery on his left wrist. The procedure for a ligament injury was performed by Dr. Frank Scott on Sunday, the team announced. There is no precise timetable for his return, but will be “dependent upon consistent assessment throughout the rehab process,” the Nuggets said.

PORTLAND, Ore. | CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points apiece and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 99-82 on Monday night to snap a two-game losing streak. The Blazers built an 86-66 lead early in the fourth quarter on Noah Vonleh’s dunk and cruised the rest of the way. Damian Lillard had 15 points and seven assists and the Blazers led by as many as 23 points.