Tuesday , Jan , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Anthony’s 37 sends Nuggets to sixth straight win

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony torched Toronto with a game-
high 37 points on 13-of-16 shooting as Denver upended the Raptors, 107-101,
at the Pepsi Center.

“Melo was 13-of-16 tonight and guys in our league just don’t do that anymore,”
said Nuggets coach George Karl.

Kenyon Martin added a double-double with 25 points and 12 boards before
fouling out for the surging Nuggets, who extended their winning streak to a
season-high six games. Earl Boykins chipped in 16 points off the bench in the
win.

“I thought this was a mentally tough game and a mentally tough win,” Karl
said. ” We keep improving and keep getting better.”

Mike James tallied 22 points for the Raptors, who lost for the fourth time in
their past five outings. Jalen Rose added 21 points while Chris Bosh had 18
along with seven boards for Toronto. Rookie Charlie Villanueva had 12 points
off the bench in the loss.

“We talked about transition defense before the game,” Toronto coach Sam
Mitchell said. “If we would have turned our head we could have been hit a few
times. It just has to improve.”

The Raptors were trying to bounce back from one of the most amazing individual
performances in NBA history, when Kobe Bryant dropped an eye-popping 81 points
on them in the Lakers’ 122-104 victory on Sunday.

Bryant made 28-of-46 field-goal attempts, including 7-of-13 from beyond-the-
arc, and drained 18-of-20 free throw tries to record the second-highest
single-game point total the league has ever seen, trailing only Hall
of Famer Wilt Chamberlain’s memorable 100-point outing with the Philadelphia
Warriors against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.

Without Bryant to worry about the Raptors defense did improve, but still had a
lot of trouble getting stops in key situations, especially against Anthony.

Holding onto a precarious one-point advantage in the third quarter, Denver
went on a 14-4 run to gain some breathing room. Anthony capped the spurt with
a dunk to give the Nuggets a 71-60 edge with under six minutes remaining
in the period.

The Raptors showed some mettle, however, and cut Denver’s cushion to just
four, 77-73, heading into the final frame.

However, the Nuggets continued to keep Toronto at arm’s length. A Boykins
jumper from the right wing gave Denver a double-digit edge, 89-79, with under
seven minutes left.

Denver continued to slowly separate themselves. A run-out dunk by Anthony
extended the lead to 13, 98-85, with 3:05 left in the game.

Toronto answered with an 8-2 run ending with Rose’s fadeaway jumper that
brought the Raptors to within 100-93, but only 1:33 remained.

The Nuggets struggled from the line late but managed to hold on for the win.

The Nuggets held a four-point edge, 26-22, after the first 12 minutes. Toronto
fought back to take a slim two-point lead into intermission at 54-52.

James paced the Raptors with 11 points at the half while Anthony had 17 for
Denver.

Game Notes

Denver had the edge off the glass, 42-37…Pape Sow had three blocked shots
for Toronto…Denver is 15-8 as the host this season and the Nuggets have won
four in a row at the Pepsi Center…The Raptors are 8-15 on the road this
season…The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings in this series.

DEN TOR