Anthony leads Nuggets past Charlotte
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points and Andre
Miller had 17 points and 11 assists to lead the Denver Nuggets over the
Charlotte Bobcats, 108-101.
J.R. Smith also had 17 points and Marcus Camby had 12 points and 11 boards for
the Nuggets, who have won two in a row after dropping three straight to begin
Emeka Okafor had 22 points, 15 boards and three blocks for the Bobcats, who
have lost three in a row and five of six to start the season. Brevin Knight
added 21 points, seven assists and six boards and Gerald Wallace had 20 points
and seven rebounds for Charlotte, which found itself in a double-digit hole in
the third quarter that it could never recover from.
After scoring four straight points early in the second half to extended to a
61-52 lead, Denver methodically began to pull away. By the midway point of the
third quarter, the Nuggets held a 10-point edge, 69-59, and after a Reggie
Evans bucket with just over five minutes left the cushion increased to 12
Later, Miller hit 1-of-2 free throws to give Denver its largest lead to that
point, 79-65, and the Nuggets cruised into the fourth with an 82-73 edge.
Charlotte never threatened over the final 12 minutes, drawing only within 104-
97 with 30 seconds left.
Raymond Felton returned from a one-game absence due to an injury and had 13
points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Bobcats.
The Nuggets scored eight of the final 10 points in the first quarter to take a
24-22 lead going into the second.
Wallace briefly gave Charlotte a 26-25 lead early in the second, but Denver
scored the next eight points to take the lead for good. Joe Smith scored the
final six points of the surge and Denver eventually took a 55-47 lead into
Joe Smith ended with eight points and four boards for the Nuggets, who shot
42.9 percent from the field for the game.
Anthony shot 13-of-22 from the field, recording his third game of 30 or more
points this season…Charlotte fell to 1-3 at home…Denver is 2-1 on the
road…Charlotte shot 47.6 percent from the floor for the game…Adam
Morrison, Charlotte’s rookie, ended with just two points on 1-of-8 shooting.