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
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
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
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,
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.