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NBA Game Summary - Denver at New York

(Sunday, December 28th)

Final Score: Denver 117, New York 110

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony returned to the Denver lineup after a three-game absence with a right elbow injury to score a game-high 32 points and grab nine rebounds, leading the Nuggets to a 117-110 victory over the struggling New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

J.R. Smith totaled 16 points and five boards for Denver, which has won three of its last four games. Chauncey Billups had 14 points and five assists, while Nene added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Nate Robinson poured in 20 points for the Knicks, who were handed their season-high sixth straight loss. David Lee contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Chris Duhon and Wilson Chandler scored 17 apiece.

Down 93-89 after three quarters, New York scored eight consecutive points to open the final frame. After exchanging leads, Anthony hit a jumper to make it 107-106 with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining. Billups followed with a trey and two consecutive Anthony buckets helped Denver fend off the Knicks down the stretch.

The game went back and forth in the early going before Quentin Richardson nailed a three-pointer to make it 23-15 with just over three minutes to go in the first quarter. Billups then sank a pair of free throws, igniting an 11-2 burst that gave Denver a one-point lead in the waning moments of the frame.

The clubs were tied at 27 after the opening 12 minutes of play and the contest remained tight throughout the second quarter before the Nuggets began to pull away in the latter stages.

A slam by Anthony put Denver up 59-47 with two minutes left and the Nuggets carried a 66-56 advantage to the break. Jared Jeffries hit a layup with six minutes remaining in the third quarter to draw New York to within four at 78-74, but an Anthony basket made it 86-79.

New York, though, fought back as Robinson knocked down a trey to give the Knicks an 89-88 lead, but trailed 93-89 heading into the fourth quarter after Smith nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Game Notes

The Knicks have allowed at least 105 points in each setback...Al Harrington had 15 points and Jeffries finished with 10 for New York...Kenyon Martin scored 11 points in the win...Denver shot 57 percent (45-of-79) from the field, while the Knicks made 44.7 percent (38-of-85) of their shots.

12/28 16:26:59 ET

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