CINCINNATI (AP) -- Kenyon Martin had 20 points and eight rebounds before limping off the court in the third quarter and the Denver Nuggets beat the Indiana Pacers 114-102 on Wednesday night at U.S. Bank Arena.
Martin, who scored 15 points in the first half, was kneed in the quadriceps and limped off the court with 3:32 left in the third quarter. The power forward, who was slowed by a variety of leg injuries last season, did not return.
Martin plans to play in the Nuggets' next exhibition game Saturday in Milwaukee.
"I'll be all right. I can't afford to miss any time," Martin said. "We'll see tomorrow. It usually feels worse the next day."
Martin, who played for the University of Cincinnati, thrilled the crowd with a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter. He added a dunk minutes later, windmilling his arms.
Denver closed the game with a 15-4 run over the last 3:58, with Earl Boykins scoring four and Eduardo Najera five down the stretch.
Denver led 54-51 at the half and was 10 points ahead midway through the third quarter, but Stephen Jackson scored 11 of his 13 points to keep Indiana in the game.