Saturday , Apr , 07 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Anthony leads Nuggets over Mavericks

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points and dominated
the final minutes as Denver came back to edge Dallas, 75-71, at the Pepsi
Center.

Allen Iverson added 22 points for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight
game and are now 1 1/2 games ahead of the LA Clippers for the seventh spot in
the Western Conference playoff race. Denver remains just one-half game behind
the LA Lakers for the sixth spot.

Nene chipped in with 16 points for the Nuggets.

Dirk Nowitzki returned from a bout of food poisoning to score 22 points and 12
rebounds for the Mavericks, who remain on top of the Western Conference with a
comfortable lead. Jason Terry chipped in with 13 points, while Erick Dampier
had 11.

Denver took a precarious one-point edge into the fourth quarter but the Mavs
scored the first six points in the frame to regain control. Nowitzki connected
on consecutive buckets to cap the mini-run and give Dallas a 57-52 cushion
with less than two minutes gone in the stanza.

The Nuggets hung around, however, and deadlocked things at 62 when Nene
converted a three-point play with a little over six minutes to go.

Things remained tight as the game headed toward the stretch. A pair of
Nowitzki free throws evened things at 71 with under two minutes to go. But,
Anthony went back door to haul in an alley-oop with 1:11 remaining to give
Denver the advantage, 73-71.

Anthony then sealed things by intercepting a cross court Nowitzki pass and
then draining a pair of free throws with 9.2 ticks left.

The Mavericks used a stifling defense to take a 22-13 lead after the opening
12 minutes.

The defensive theme continued in the second quarter as the team’s combined for
just 32 points and Dallas took a seven-point edge, 37-30, into the locker
room. Iverson and Anthony combined to shoot a miserable 6-for-24 in the half
and the Mavs weren’t much better, hitting on 33 percent as a team.

Denver finally got things going a bit in the third quarter behind Iverson. The
enigmatic guard had nine points in the stanza as the Nuggets jumped in front,
52-51.

Game Notes

Mavs forward Josh Howard sprained his right ankle in the first quarter and was
held out the rest of the way…The Mavericks are now 29-9 on the road this
season…The Nuggets are 21-18 at home this season.

DAL DEN