Sunday , Feb , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Denver Nuggets Team Report – February 22

=== Denver Nuggets Team Report – February 22 ===

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets lost to the Miami Heat, 97-81, on
Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 16 points on just 3-of-20 shooting in the
contest. Andre Miller added 15 points and Voshon Lenard chipped in 14 for
Denver, which lost its second straight following a three-game win streak.

Miami trailed by five, 45-40, at the half, but dominated the third quarter to
take control of the contest. With the score at 54-48 several minutes into the
third, the Heat proceeded to post a 27-12 burst to close out the quarter.

Aggressive play allowed Miami to continuously get to the free throw line in
the decisive period, hitting 13-of-16 attempts from the stripe. Lamar Odom led
the way with 12 points in the quarter while making five of his six free throw
tries. Caron Butler made all four of his shots from the charity stripe during
the period as well, helping Miami claim a 75-66 advantage after three quarters
of play. The Heat outscored the Nuggets 35-21 in the third quarter.

With 10 of the first 14 points of the fourth quarter, Miami’s lead ballooned
to 15 points at 85-70. Udonis Haslem scored eight points during the run for
the Heat. Denver was never able to get back into the contest after falling
behind by double digits.

The Nuggets are off until Monday when they visit Pau Gasol and the surprising
Memphis Grizzlies.