Anthony sparks Nuggets past Heat
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points and had six
rebounds, as the Denver Nuggets beat a Shaq-less Miami Heat squad, 112-105.
Anthony shot 13-of-26 from the floor while Andre Miller added a season-high 29
points to go along with 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who
have won three straight after starting the season 0-3.
The Heat were without Shaquille O’Neal, who sat out the tilt because of a left
Miami did have Dwyane Wade, who netted a season-high 37 points with 11
assists. He was 16-of-17 from the free throw line, while Antoine Walker
chipped in 22 points before fouling out.
The Heat lost its second straight game overall and third straight to the
Nuggets, who swept the two-game series last season.
The Nuggets seized control early in the fourth frame, opening up the quarter
with a 9-0 run. Reggie Evans started the burst with four straight points, and
after a three-pointer by Earl Boykins, a Miller basket gave Denver a 91-83
edge with over eight minutes to go.
Walker later tried to get the Heat going with a three-pointer that made it a
99-92 Heat deficit. However, Miller came right back with a triple of his own
to restore Denver’s 10-point edge with just over four minutes to play.
Miami refused to go away and back-to-back treys by Wade and Walker pulled the
Heat to within 106-100 with a little over two minutes to go before Walker
fouled out on the other end.
That resulted in two made free throws by Boykins with 1:55 left, but Wade
responded with two points on a put back off his own miss to make it 108-102.
Miller then hit a pair from the charity stripe for an eight-point edge,
forcing Miami to call a timeout.
Out of the short break, Wade slipped at the top of the key and lost the ball,
allowing Denver to work the ball up the court before slowing down its offense.
That forced Udonis Haslem to foul Anthony, who hit both free throws for a
112-102 lead with one minute left, sealing Denver’s win.
Denver got off to a quick start as Anthony began and ended a 13-0 run with
baskets to put the Nuggets up 19-4 with 5:38 left in the first quarter.
The Heat, though, battled back with an 11-3 run that pulled them within 22-15
with 2:59 left in the first.
Miami then took over in the second quarter, netting the stanza’s first 10
points to jump ahead, 27-24.
An Anthony jumper later moved Denver in front, 33-30, but the Heat answered
with another run. A three-pointer by James Posey tied the contest with 8:03 to
go and the Heat scored the next five points to take a 38-33 edge with just
under six minutes to go.
Denver countered with seven straight points to take a lead, but Miami fought
back to carry a 52-48 edge into the half.
The teams traded baskets through most of the third frame with the Heat leading
83-82 heading into the fourth.
Miami hit a season-best 14 three-pointers…Anthony recorded his fourth
straight 30-plus scoring game…Haslem had 12 points and 10 boards in the
loss…Marcus Camby had 15 points for the Nuggets, while Boykins and Evans
each had eight…Denver has won three straight on the road while the Heat have
lost two in a row at home.