‘Melo leads Nuggets over Kings
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and grabbed
eight rebounds to lead a potent Denver attack in a 120-115 win over Sacramento
at the Pepsi Center.
Nene added 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets, who nearly blew a 21-
point halftime lead but still held on to win their third straight contest.
Allen Iverson and J.R. Smith tallied 16 points each and Marcus Camby had 15
points and 11 boards for Denver, which will remain in the seventh spot in the
Western Conference playoff race.
Denver pulled within one-half game of the Lakers for the sixth spot and remain
one game ahead of the Clippers. The Lakers lost the Clippers, 90-82, on
Ron Artest had 32 points and Kevin Martin tallied 26 points to lead the Kings,
who have lost four in a row and seven of eight.
Denver led for most of the contest, building a 33-25 lead after one quarter
and using a 17-5 run early in the second to build a comfortable cushion. Ahead
33-27, the Nuggets went on their burst with Smith capping it with a bucket
with under eight minutes to play for a 50-32 cushion.
The lead later reached 20 points for the first time after Anthony hit a pair
of free throws for a 62-42 advantage with just over three minutes to play i
the half. Later, a Camby bucket in the final seconds of the stanza gave
Denver a 71-50 cushion at the break.
Sacramento, which trailed 95-79 after three quarters, made it a game in the
fourth. The Kings scored 11 of the first 15 points of the frame to draw within
99-90 with a little more than half the quarter to play.
Later, Kevin Martin scored four points during a 10-0 run that drew the Kings
within 109-104. Justin Williams’ bucket with 2:30 left ended the burst, but
Sacramento couldn’t get any closer than that the rest of the way.
Denver head coach George Karl returned to the bench after missing Tuesday
night’s game to be with his son, Coby, who underwent surgery to remove
cancerous lymph nodes on Monday…These two teams split four meetings this
season…Mike Bibby had 14 points and Shareef-Abdur Rahim had 14 points and 12
rebounds for the Kings.