Boykins helps Nuggets overcome suspensions, down Wizards
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Despite having their top two scorers suspended
until January, the Denver Nuggets used a big first quarter and 29 points from
Earl Boykins, on the way to a 117-108 win over the Washington Wizards.
Boykins, who went 14-of-15 from the foul line, wasn’t the only player with a
big offensive performance for the Nuggets, winners of two straight. Andre
Miller had 27 points and Marcus Camby was dominant inside with 25 points, 17
rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Denver will play deep into January without the league’s leading scorer, as
Carmelo Anthony was hit with a 15-game suspension in the wake of Saturday
night’s ugly brawl in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets’ 123-100 victory over
the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Three of the seven players suspended were from the Nuggets. J.R. Smith, who
was taken down on a breakaway layup attempt, was hit with a 10-game
suspension and Nene was suspended one game for leaving the bench during the
Anthony and Smith are the Nuggets’ top two scorers, combining to average
better than 48 points per game.
Commissioner David Stern levied a fine of $500,000 against each team, but
neither coach was suspended.
Nuggets coach George Karl unleashed a verbal tirade at Knicks coach Isiah
Thomas on Monday. Thomas told Anthony not to go into the lane late in the
fourth quarter with the Nuggets holding an insurmountable lead. Karl noted
that Thomas’ actions were premeditated, but despite the brawl, neither coach
Caron Butler had 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Washington, which
was coming off Sunday night’s 147-141 road overtime win over the Lakers.
Gilbert Arenas, who had a franchise-record 60 points in that game, ended with
23 points, eight boards and seven assists against the Nuggets, but shot just
10-of-30 from the field.
The Nuggets led by 20 after one quarter, but the Wizards hung tough and fought
back to get within two at 93-91 with under six minutes left following a basket
from Arenas. However, Denver scored the next nine points, with Boykins’ three
capping the spurt, and the Wizards didn’t threaten the rest of the way.
Linas Kleiza had 10 points for Denver, which went 34-of-44 from the foul line.
Antawn Jamison had 21 points and nine boards for Washington.
The Nuggets scored the first six points and led 36-16 after 12 minutes. It was
65-43 at the half and 85-73 going into the fourth.
Anthony isn’t eligible to return for the Nuggets until a January 20 game at
Houston…DeShawn Stevenson had 16 points for Washington.