Saturday , Apr , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

‘Melo leads Nuggets past T’Wolves

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points as Denver beat
Minnesota, 106-94, at the Pepsi Center.

Andre Miller notched 16 points and eight assists for the Nuggets, who snapped
a two-game losing streak. Ruben Patterson scored 14 points, while Kenyon
Martin had 11 points. Marcus Camby and Reggie Evans grabbed 11 rebounds
apiece. Howard Eisley scored a season-high nine points.

The Nuggets are in first place in the Northwest Division and are No. 3 in the
Western Conference playoff race. With Utah losing Friday, Denver is six and
1/2 games ahead of the Jazz in the division.

“Denver played physical and aggressive on the boards,” Minnesota coach Dwane
Casey said. “They got a lot of offensive boards and second possessions and
Carmelo [Anthony] was very aggressive. They played like a team needs to play
that is getting ready for the playoffs.”

Kevin Garnett posted 22 points and 16 rebounds for his 29th straight double-
double – the longest mark since 1983 when Moses Malone notched 44 in a row.

Ricky Davis scored 21 points for the Timberwolves, who had their two-game
winning streak broken. Marcus Banks scored 17 points, and Mark Blount scored
15. Rashad McCants added 10 points.

Minnesota outscored Denver by two points in the third quarter to lead 76-75
heading into the fourth, but Denver outscored the ‘Wolves 31-18 in the final
period to run away with the victory.

“I trusted our team would figure out what we needed to do to win since we
started out kind of slow back and forth,” Denver coach George Karl said. “We
wore them down physically in the fourth quarter, and that made a big
difference. Our activity on the offensive glass was great and getting to the
free throw line was also good.”

Denver grabbed an early advantage and led 27-26 heading into the second
stanza, in which the Nuggets and ‘Wolves both scored 28 points. Denver led
55-54 at halftime.

“This was a good win for us,” Anthony said. “We had good aggression in the
fourth quarter.”

The Nuggets, who scored over 100 points for the ninth straight game, are 24-13
at home this season.

Minnesota has lost 11 in a row on the road and is a brutal 8-28 as the visitor
this season. The Timberwolves’ last win away from home was on February 6th at
Phoenix.

Game Notes

Patterson was ejected with 4:24 left in the fourth quarter after an
altercation with McCants. Justin Reed was ejected with 1:02 left after an
altercation with Anthony…This was the fourth and final meeting of the
campaign between the clubs. The teams split a pair of games at the Target
Center, while the Nuggets beat Minnesota in both games at the Pepsi
Center…Minnesota has lost four of its last five at Denver.

DEN MIN