Smith returns, Nuggets still fall
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored 26 points and dished out
seven assists to overshadow J.R. Smith’s return for Denver, as the San Antonio
Spurs downed the Nuggets, 92-83, at the Pepsi Center.
Smith, who received a 10-game suspension for his role in a December 16th brawl
with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, scored 12 points on 5-of-13
shooting. Denver continues to play without star forward Carmelo Anthony, who
is serving a 15-game suspension for his participation in the infamous brawl.
Anthony is averaging a league-best 31.6 points per game.
Tim Duncan posted 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs, who won their third
straight. Manu Ginobili netted 16 points, while Bruce Bowen added 11.
Allen Iverson scored 33 points for the Nuggets, who have dropped six of seven.
Earl Boykins netted 18, and Marcus Camby added nine points and 16 boards.
With Denver trailing by eight, Iverson drove in-and-out through the lane and
scored on a one-handed layup, drawing the foul with 40.8 seconds left. He
converted the three-point play, but Ginobili answered on a layup with 30.6
seconds remaining and Parker scored one with 22.1 seconds left to seal the win
for San Antonio.
After San Antonio edged a one-point advantage after 12 minutes, Denver did one
better in the second for a 49-48 halftime lead.
The Spurs outscored the Nuggets, 20-16, in the third to lead 68-65 heading
into the final stanza.
This was the first meeting of the season between the squads…San Antonio has
split its last four at Denver…The Nuggets have won four of their last seven
in this series.