Monday , Mar , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

‘Melo and Nuggets snap five-game slide

=== ‘Melo and Nuggets snap five-game slide ===

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 25 points to
lead the Denver Nuggets over the New York Knicks, 107-96, at the Pepsi Center.

Voshon Lenard added 16 points and Francisco Elson scored 12 points after being
activated from the injured list, as the Nuggets snapped a season-high five-
game losing streak by hitting 50 percent of their shots.

“It felt good to win again,” Denver head coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “The team
did a lot of good things out there.”

The Knicks also got good injury news before the game, activating starting
guard Allan Houston from the IL. Houston scored 13 points for New York, which
has dropped six straight — including all four on a just-completed four-game
road trip.

Kurt Thomas led the Knicks with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Shandon
Anderson added 17 off the bench.

The Nuggets, who led by 10 or more points for much of the game, grabbed their
first double-digit lead after a 15-4 run in the first quarter. Lenard capped
the spurt and gave Denver a 25-15 advantage around the 3:00 mark.

New York cut its deficit to six briefly, but the Nuggets carried a 31-21 lead
into the second quarter and led by as many as 13 points before halftime.

Led by Anthony’s 16 points and 5-of-9 shooting performance, Denver carried a
52-43 cushion into the break on the strength of 50 percent shooting. The
Knicks hit on 44 percent of their first-half shots and committed 17
turnovers.

“We’re killing ourselves with turnovers,” New York coach Lenny Wilkens. “We
had 17 in the first half, and many of them were unforced.”

The Nuggets’ lead reached as high as 18 points at one point during the third
quarter when Nene’s free throws made it 76-58 with just over four minutes
remaining in the period.

The Knicks were able to trim their deficit to 12 and headed into the fourth
quarter trailing 84-72, but they only got as close as nine before the end of
the game.

The first time came on Thomas’ bucket inside the 3:00 mark, which pulled New
York within 99-90. The Knicks were that close again with a minute to play, but
Denver guard Andre Miller closed out the game at the free throw line.

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