Thursday , Feb , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Denver Nuggets Team Report – February 26

=== Denver Nuggets Team Report – February 26 ===

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets suffered their season-high fourth
straight loss on Wednesday in heartbreaking fashion, as they were on the
wrong end of a 112-111 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi
Center.

Carmelo Anthony poured in 35 points, but turned the ball over seven times
for the Nuggets, who lost their season-high fourth straight game. Andre
Miller scored 21 points in the setback.

Denver was up by 13 midway through the final stanza, but a furious rally by
the Lakers, which included an 11-0 spurt, got LA back in the contest.
However, Denver pulled away again before a 7-2 run by the Lakers pulled them
within 111-109 with 52.6 seconds remaining. Anthony had a chance to increase
the Nuggets’ lead, but Shaquille O’Neal blocked the ball out of bounds with
29.9 seconds left.

On the inbounds pass, though, Miller threw up a shot that hit the side of
the rim and was grabbed by Anthony. However, one official inadvertently blew
the whistle thinking the ball would not hit the rim and cause a shot-clock
violation.

Due to the inadvertent whistle, the referees had a jump ball at mid-court in
which O’Neal won. Los Angeles then ran the clock down and Kareem Rush buried
a three- pointer from the left wing with 3.2 seconds left to make it
112-111.

Miller’s desperation three from half-court as time expired was off the mark.

Anthony, who has netted 20 or more points in 11 of his last 12 contests, is
on the verge of a milestone and needs 21 points to become the Nuggets’
rookie season scoring leader. With 1,185 points this year, the 19-year-old
phenom passed Dikembe Mutombo (1,177 in the 1991-92 season) on Wednesday and
now trails only LaPhonso Ellis, who set the Denver rookie record of 1,205
points in the 1992-93 season.

On the injury front, Marcus Camby played sparingly in the second half
because of a strained right groin. He is questionable for Friday’s game
against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs.

Denver, which fell to 8-3 in Wednesday games this season, lost for the first
time in five games at home and slipped to 21-9 in the Rockies this season.

The Nuggets head to San Antonio on Saturday and will be trying for
their second win in three chances against the defending champs this
season. Denver, though, has lost 10 of the last 12 meetings overall and has
dropped five straight and 12 of its last 13 in San Antonio.

DEN