Kings top Nuggets in AI’s Denver debut
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – John Salmons recorded his first career triple-
double to spoil Allen Iverson’s Denver debut as Sacramento stopped the
Nuggets, 101-96, at the Pepsi Center.
Salmons, a former teammate of Iverson’s in Philadelphia, finished with 21
points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but this game was all about Iverson.
The Nuggets acquired the enigmatic superstar, along with forward Ivan
McFarlin, in a blockbuster move on Tuesday from the Philadelphia 76ers for a
pair of 2007 first-round draft picks, point guard Andre Miller and forward Joe
The short-handed Nuggets were hopeful Iverson would arrive in time to pass his
physical and suit up for the game and he did manage to get into town in time,
despite a well-deserved reputation for tardiness.
Iverson entered the game late in the first quarter to thunderous applause from
the Denver faithful and quickly stuck a pull-up jumper for his first points as
The All-Star guard finished the contest with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting
from the floor and added 10 assists but it wasn’t enough, as Sacramento pulled
away down the stretch.
A 6-0 run by the Kings, featuring consecutive buckets by Brad Miller, gave
Sacramento a 93-87 edge with just 2:13 left.
Denver was never able to recover from the mini-burst as Sacramento hung on for
Miller added 21 points and 14 boards for the Kings, who snapped a three-
game skid. Shareef Abdur-Rahim chipped in with 11 points off the bench.
Earl Boykins had a game-high 25 points and nine assists for Denver, which lost
for the first time in three games. DerMmarr Johnson finished with 12.
The Kings took a slim 26-24 edge after the opening 12 minutes and extended
their advantage to 52-45 at intermission.
Denver then forged ahead, 77-73, with a brilliant third quarter.
Denver took to the floor again without the league’s leading scorer, as Carmelo
Anthony continues to serve his 15-game suspension in the wake of last Saturday
night’s ugly brawl in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets’ 123-100 victory over
the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. J.R. Smith is also serving a 10-
game suspension…On the injury front for Denver, center Marcus Camby was
sidelined with a broken finger on his right hand…The Nuggets released
McFarlin before the game.