Friday , Dec , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

‘Melo get best of D-Wade in South Beach

=== ‘Melo get best of D-Wade in South Beach ===

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony poured in a season-high 40
points, as the Denver Nuggets rallied from a late fourth-quarter deficit to
post a 100-92 win over the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Marcus Camby finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Denver, which has won
three straight games following a three-game skid. Greg Buckner chipped in 14
points and seven rebounds for the Nuggets, who closed the game on a 12-0 run.

Dwyane Wade netted a season-high 37 points and grabbed 10 boards for the Heat,
who have dropped four straight games. Antoine Walker added 17 points and eight
rebounds for Miami, which missed its last five shots.

“It was a Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony show,” said Denver head coach George
Karl.

With the game tied after three quarters, Denver held an 88-87 lead with 3:14
to go, but the Heat quickly reeled off five straight points, to grab a four-
point edge in the waning minutes.

However, the Nuggets countered by scoring the game’s final 12 points en route
to the hard-fought win.

Anthony started the crucial spurt with two free throws, and after a pair of
Miami misses, Camby followed with a jumper with around one minute left to tie
the game. Walker then missed a three-pointer and Buckner converted a breakaway
layup with 28.5 seconds to go to make it 94-92.

The Heat then turned the ball over on their ensuing possession, and Anthony
was immediately fouled where he drained both free throws to give Denver a
four-point lead with 14 seconds left.

Wade’s miss then ended any hopes of a late Miami comeback, as the Nuggets
sealed the win by hitting four foul shots in the final seconds.

“We knew going down the stretch they liked going to Dwyane Wade,” said Camby.
“He’s hard to stop…We showed mental toughness down the stretch.”

Miami trailed 15-13 after one quarter and held a 43-42 halftime edge. The
teams then headed into the fourth quarter deadlocked at 67-67.

Game Notes

Anthony was 13-of-30 from the floor, but 13-of-14 from the foul line…Wade
ended 17-of-21 from the charity stripe…Denver, which began a six-game road
trip, improved to 3-6 as the visitor this season…The Heat are 7-3 at
home…The Nuggets swept the season-series and have taken six of the last
eight meetings…Denver, though, did win for only the third time in its last
16 trips to South Beach…Miami center Alonzo Mourning was ejected early in
the third quarter after receiving a pair of technical fouls for arguing calls.

DEN MIA