Several times New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez seemed to be in ideal position, standing only a few inches from Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson and appearing determined to keep him from penetrating. But regardless how ready Vasquez appeared, he struggled to stay in front of Lawson and without having that ability, the Hornets had no chance of shutting down the Nuggets' quick-scoring offense, which led to a 113-98 loss Friday night at the Pepsi Center.

It was the Hornets' third consecutive loss on their five-game road trip, which ends Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. Since a Jan. 21 victory against the Sacramento Kings, the Hornets (15-32) have lost five of their last six games to return to last place in the Western Conference.

Backup forward Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 21 points and shooting guard Eric Gordon, who sat out Wednesday night's game against Utah Jazz, started and scored nine points but committed a team-high five turnovers. Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hornets shot better than 50 percent for the entire game, but their problem was defense and turnovers. The Hornets turned the ball over 22 times, which the Nuggets converted for a season-high 32 points. The Nuggets also had 14 steals.

"When you turn the ball over like that, they're going to be in transition and they got 3s and 2s,'' Hornets Coach Monty Williams said. "But they were easy and they flattened us out. The game was really fast for our young guys but our guards had 12 turnovers; guys handled the ball and started to come.''