Anthony, Camby lead Nuggets past Knicks
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points to lead the
Denver Nuggets over the New York Knicks, 95-86, at the Pepsi Center.
Marcus Camby added 20 points and 13 rebounds against his former club as the
Nuggets have won two in a row and three of their last four games. Andre Miller
had 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Denver, which has won four in
a row at home.
Rookie Channing Frye had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who have
dropped two in a row and ended a six-game road trip 2-4. Fellow rookie Nate
Robinson added 14 points and Jamal Crawford tallied 17 for New York, which
rallied in the final minutes to make it close, but a poor third-quarter
performance was too much to overcome.
With the Knicks leading 48-47 after two quarters of play, the Nuggets gained
control coming out of the locker room. Down 51-47 in the early stages of the
quarter, Denver went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. Camby scored four points
during the burst, which was capped by a pair of Francisco Elson free throws
for a 55-51 lead two minutes into the half.
Five straight points by Crawford helped New York take a slim edge, but a 12-2
run by the Nuggets helped the team build a lead. Anthony had six points during
the spurt, which was enough to allow Denver to cruise into the fourth with a
“It’s the second time in a row he’s been our horse,” Said Denver head coach
George Karl of Anthony. “The guys did a good job of getting him the ball.”
In the fourth, an Earl Boykins bucket gave Denver its largest lead at 84-69 4
1/2 minutes in. New York drew within 91-84 on a Crawford three-pointer with
under two minutes remaining, but the Knicks ran out of time and couldn’t get
“We’re not playing great, but we got back to .500,” Karl added. “We just have
to keep getting better.”
Stephon Marbury finished with just nine points and nine assists in 30 minutes
of action for the Knicks.
“I was thinking of getting back into the game,” said Knicks head coach Larry
Brown when asked if he sat Marbury the final seven minutes because he was
thinking ahead to Sunday afternoon’s game.
“It takes the young guys for us to get back into games,” said Brown, “and it
shouldn’t be like that.”
New York center Eddy Curry left the game in the second quarter with a strained
calf…Denver forward Kenyon Martin missed his second straight game with knee
tendinitis…This was the first meeting of the season between these two
teams…Denver has won seven of the last 12 meetings against New York…The
Knicks have lost three straight in Denver…Elson ended with 12 points.