NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Denver
(Monday, March 16th)
Final Score: Denver 121, New Jersey 96
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Chauncey Billups had a solid all-around effort, ending with 14 points, 10 assists and five rebounds as Denver cruised to a 121-96 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
Nene chipped in 19 points and eight boards for the Northwest Division-leading Nuggets, who finished with a 3-1 record on their four-game homestand.
J.R. Smith contributed to the balanced scoring attack with 19 points, while Carmelo Anthony and Dahntay Jones each added 15 points for Denver, which avenged an embarrassing 114-70 drubbing in New Jersey earlier this season.
"We wanted to come in and be aggressive," Billups said. "We looked forward to playing this game by the way they spanked us the last time. We took care of business. It was a good game."
Vince Carter carried the Nets with 32 points on 13-of-23 shooting, but the visitors sorely missed All-Star point guard Devin Harris, who suffered a shoulder sprain against the Clippers on Sunday.
Keyon Dooling ended with 17 points and six helpers as the Nets fell to 0-4 on their five-road road trip.
Leading by four early in the third quarter, the hosts pulled away with a 10-0 spurt. Jones bookended the run with a layup and a jumper, the latter giving Denver a 64-50 lead with 7 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.
Carter's five three-pointers in the frame kept the Nets within striking distance, but the short-handed club still trailed 83-72 leading to the fourth.
Linas Kleiza's two-hand slam early in the fourth increased the margin to 92-76, and the lead was never seriously threatened from that point on.
The Nuggets scored 13 straight points at one juncture in the first quarter to aid a 30-20 cushion after 12 minutes of play. Their shots weren't falling nearly as easily in the second and the Nets were within 49-43 at the break.
"They beat us on the offensive boards. They beat us in points in the paint. They were more physical than us," Nets center Brook Lopez said.
The Nets were also without forward Sean Williams, who was arrested on Monday following an incident at a cell phone store at a Denver mall, reportedly damaging property before police arrived...The Nuggets owned a 51-31 advantage on the glass and also outscored the Nets, 22-12, at the free throw line.
03/17 01:47:47 ET