Wednesday , Feb , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Big second-half lifts Nuggets over Bobcats

=== Big second-half lifts Nuggets over Bobcats ===

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and Denver put
together a big second half to register a 100-84 victory over Charlotte at
Pepsi Arena.

Greg Buckner added a season-high 19 points before leaving the game late with a
knee injury, while Marcus Camby, Andre Miller and Francisco Elson each amassed
double-doubles for the Nuggets, who rallied from a 13-point deficit early in
the third quarter to post their third win in four outings.

Camby finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Miller had 11 points and a
season-best 15 assists. Elson compiled 10 points with 11 boards and rookie
Linas Kleiza contributed a career-high 13 points off the bench.

“We would not have won the game without L.K. (Kleiza) in the first half and
Francisco in the second half,” said Nuggets head coach George Karl.

Raymond Felton had 14 points and 11 assists in the loss, Charlotte’s 12th
straight on the road and fifth in a row overall.

Denver trailed 61-48 early in the second half but overwhelmed the young
Bobcats over the duration of the third quarter.

Buckner sank two three-pointers during a 12-2 run that pulled the Nuggets
within 63-60 with 7:15 left in the frame. Denver took a one-point lead less
than four minutes later after Anthony buried a jumper to make the score 68-67.

The Nuggets held a slim 75-73 edge heading into the fourth quarter, then
pulled away over the final 12 minutes.

Denver scored eight of the period’s first 10 points and later claimed a
double-digit cushion after Earl Boykins hit a three-pointer with 6:43 left to
make the score 88-78.

Charlotte never got the lead lower than eight thereafter and the Nuggets
sealed the win by reeling off six straight points over the final 2 1/2
minutes.

The Bobcats mustered only 27 second half points and shot a woeful 27 percent
over that span.

“We got tired and we started to make mistakes,” remarked Charlotte head coach
Bernie Bickerstaff. “And we just didn’t make shots.”

The Nuggets outscored Charlotte 17-4 over the game’s first five minutes, but
Charlotte roared back with a 13-2 run later in the first quarter. Back-to-back
buckets by Brevin Knight ignited the spurt and Jumaine Jones had the Bobcats’
final eight points during the flurry.

Charlotte continued to surge in the second quarter. Down 33-31, the Bobcats
put together a 14-3 burst capped by a Matt Carroll jumper to build a nine-
point advantage midway through the period.

The Nuggets continued to struggle late in the first half, and Charlotte took a
55-43 lead on Bernard Robinson’s three-point play with 1:16 to go. The Bobcats
went into the break up 57-45.

Game Notes

Buckner hurt himself after getting entangled with Camby while going up for a
rebound with 1:33 left to play…Elson started in place of Kenyon Martin, who
sat out the game with a contusion to his surgically-repaired left
knee…Felton played despite sustaining minor injuries in an automobile
accident over the weekend…Jones, Carroll and Robinson each had 13 points
for Charlotte, who hasn’t won on the road since a 93-90 decision at
Atlanta on December 27…Denver swept the season series between the
teams, having beaten the Bobcats in Charlotte on December 13.

DEN CHL