NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Denver
(Friday, January 30th)
Final Score: Denver 110, Charlotte 99
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points in his return to the Denver lineup and the Nuggets earned a 110-99 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Nene scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Denver, which has won four of its last five games. Linas Kleiza scored 21 for the Nuggets, who shot 54.8 percent from the field.
Anthony, who missed the previous 10 games after fracturing his right hand, went 5-of-12 from the field and missed just two of his 11 foul shots in nearly 30 minutes of action.
"It felt pretty good," said Anthony of his hand. "It's still a little tender, but that's something that I have to fight through."
Raja Bell had 27 points for the Bobcats, who have lost two straight after winning six of eight. Boris Diaw had 16 points, but accounted for seven of his team's 18 turnovers.
"It's good to see him back, he's a great player," said Bell of Anthony. "You never wish anyone any injuries. The Nuggets had it rolling."
Denver led by as many as eight points in the opening quarter and settled for a 24-19 edge after 12 minutes. Kleiza had the final four points of the period, including a driving jam in the last minute.
A 10-2 spurt in the second widened the Denver lead to 40-26, with J.R. Smith culminated the burst with a jumper inside seven minutes left in the half. Renaldo Balkman's dunk in the closing seconds of the quarter moved the hosts to a 57-42 cushion.
That sizeable lead continued throughout the third and Denver carried an 86-71 difference to the fourth.
Smith's jumper widened the lead to 94-74 with less than 10 minutes to go, and the Northwest Division-leading Nuggets coasted to their 19th home win in 25 such games this season.
Chauncey Billups had 12 points and Smith 10 for the Nuggets, while Juwan Howard scored 11 and Emeka Okafor 10 for Charlotte...Billups went 0-for-2 from three-point range, breaking his streak of at least one three-ball in 30 straight games, which was the second-longest streak in team history...Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace was released from a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a collapsed lung and a fractured rib earlier in the week.
01/31 01:16:46 ET