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NBA Game Summary - Denver at Philadelphia



(Friday, November 10th)

Final Score: Denver 108, Philadelphia 101

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony netted a game-high 31 points to lead Denver to its first win of the season, a 108-101 defeat of Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center.

Anthony finished 12-of-21 shooting while Andre Miller scored 18 points and dished out nine assists for the Nuggets, who became the final NBA team to win a game this season.

J.R. Smith contributed 16 points and Marcus Camby added 10 and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory.

"It feels good," Camby said. "Hopefully it can be like a snowball effect, especially with us being on the road for three more ball games."

Denver, which began the season with three consecutive defeats, shot 46 percent from the field.

Kyle Korver poured in 23 points off the bench with seven boards for the Sixers, who have dropped three straight after starting the season 3-0.

Allen Iverson scored 21 points with nine assists, but was an abysmal 6-of-20 from the field. Samuel Dalembert added 17 points and Chris Webber had 16 in the loss.

"We started off real slow. We started off real bad," Iverson said. "Turning the ball over the way we did; I think that was probably the catalyst of the whole thing. You just can't start games like that regardless if you're at home or not - especially against a team that's hungry to get a win."

Denver held a double-digit advantage for most of the fourth quarter. Earl Boykins drained a three to pad the Nuggets' lead with 4:27 left, but the Sixers fought back with a pair of free throws by Iverson, Andre Iguodala and Dalembert to cut it to 104-99 with 1:43 remaining.

Green then hit a running jump shot to make it a three-point game, but missed a three to tie it with 30 seconds to play. Anthony capped the win with four hits from the charity strip.

"We've given up 100 points the last couple games and our commitment to defense has to get back, it obviously has slipped a little bit," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said.

In the opening frame, Iguodala's three and Steven Hunter's free throw cut Philadelphia's deficit to 25-23 with 1:05 left, but DerMarr Johnson's three and a layup by Miller ended the first as Denver held a 30-23 lead.

Dalembert's running finger roll gave the Sixers a 32-31 edge at the 8:44 mark in the second. Each team traded the lead for the next five minutes, but a dunk by Anthony broke a 46-46 tie. Eduardo Najera then hit a layup and Camby drained a jumper to put Denver up 52-48 at the half.

The Nuggets maintained their lead in the third, leading by as many as 11. Reggie Evans hit two free throws and a layup with just over two minutes to play while Philadelphia missed four shots before Willie Green's running jumper made it a 78-68 contest.

Game Notes

Philadelphia shot 47.6 percent from the field...Denver head coach George Karl earned his 785th win, which moves him into 12th place on the all-time list...The Sixers dropped to 14-3 when Korver scores 20-plus points...Denver forward Nene left the game in the second quarter after colliding with Camby. He suffered a bruised knee and did not return, finishing with four points...Denver travels to Charlotte on Sunday while Philadelphia visits Seattle on Wednesday.

11/11 00:39:30 ET


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