Tuesday , Dec , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

‘Melo leads Nuggets to win in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and Earl Boykins
tallied 19 points to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Atlanta Hawks, 100-87,
at Philips Arena.

Boykins registered 12 of his points during a 29-4 run that spanned the final
two quarters, as the Nuggets turned an eight-point deficit into a 17-point

J.R. Smith added 17 points for the Nuggets, who won for the second time in
three outings.

Josh Smith had 21 points and 10 boards and Tyronn Lue tallied 16 points for
the Hawks, who have dropped three straight.

The Hawks led 67-59 with 3:25 left after a Marvin Williams bucket, but Denver
turned it on from there, scoring 29 of the next 33 points.

Boykins’ bucket during the final seconds of the third gave the Nuggets a 71-70
edge, a lead they never relinquished. Later, Smith’s layup with 8:10 left in
the contest ended the surge, giving Denver an 88-71 cushion.

“I thought we went from a non-defensive team to a very good defensive team,”
said Denver head coach George Karl of his team’s play during the decisive
run. “From the end of the third to the fourth we were really pressuring the
ball and trapping the ball, some turnovers came our way and the offense was

Atlanta never threatened again, falling for the fourth time in six meetings
against the Nuggets.

“Their toughness just took over the game,” said Lue. “They hit us early in the
fourth quarter, we were back on our heals reacting instead of delivering the
first blow.”

Salim Stoudamire had 13 points for Atlanta, which led 29-22 after one quarter
and carried a 54-43 advantage into the break.

Denver improved to 1-1 on its current five-game road trip.

Game Notes

Atlanta hit just 3-of-13 three-pointers, compared to 7-of-18 from the
Nuggets…Denver also hit on 37-of-75 shots while the Hawks hit only 35-
of-86…The Hawks fell to 4-5 at home…Denver improved to 6-3 on the
road…These two teams have split a pair of meetings this year.