Anthony leads Denver in blowout of Clippers
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony poured in 33 points, pulled down
five rebounds and dished out six assists as Denver dominated the Los Angeles
Clippers, 103-88, at the Pepsi Center.
Earl Smith added 23 points for the red-hot Nuggets, who won their fifth
straight game and snapped a four-game skid against the Clippers. Andre Miller
chipped in with 14 points and 10 assists for Denver.
Corey Maggette paced for the struggling Clippers, who have yet to win on the
road this season and dropped their fourth straight contest, with 22 points and
12 boards. Elton Brand tallied 16 points and nine rebounds while Cuttino
Mobley had 13 points.
Denver entered the second half with a precarious three point edge and took
control of the contest with a dominating third quarter.
The Nuggets came out of the locker room with a 13-4 burst, capped by an
Anthony jumper with 7:46 left in the quarter to make it a 65-53 game. Nearly
five minutes later, Anthony’s driving finger roll gave the Nuggets their
largest lead in the quarter, 79-61.
Denver outscored the Clippers 35-21 in the frame to take a comfortable 87-70
lead into the final frame.
Los Angeles never really threatened in the final stanza as the Nuggets
coasted to the finish line.
The Nuggets raced out to a 28-17 lead after the first 12 minutes but the
Clippers cut the advantage to just three, 52-49, at intermission.
This was the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 2nd,
veteran Sam Cassell scored 35 points and hit the winning free throws with 12
seconds left to lead the Clippers over Denver, 96-95, at the Staples Center.
Cassell only had two points in this game…The Nuggets are 4-2 at home this
season…The Clippers are a woeful 0-5 on the road this season.