NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Denver
(Saturday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Denver 116, New Orleans 110 (OT)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and Arron Afflalo keyed Denver's overtime push in a 116-110 decision over the New Orleans Hornets, giving the Nuggets their sixth straight victory.
The Nuggets had a scare with 1:04 left in OT when Anthony went down hard after rolling his left ankle, landing on the foot of New Orleans guard Devin Brown. After a timeout, the All-Star limped back on the court to sink a pair of free throws, essentially sealing Denver's win, pushing the Nuggets to a 113-106 lead.
Afflalo had six of his season-best 19 points in the extra session and Kenyon Martin scored 20 to go with 14 rebounds for Denver, which has won seven in a row at the Pepsi Center. Chauncey Billups ended with 20 points and nine assists.
Chris Paul had 26 points and 10 assists for New Orleans, which had won its previous two games. Darius Songaila contributed 20 points and seven rebounds for the Hornets, who were done in by a 61-37 differential on the glass.
"I thought we played every possession, tried to do what we wanted to do," Hornets coach Jeff Bower said. "It didn't always work, but we tried."
Billups nailed a three-pointer with 24 seconds left in regulation to give the Nuggets a 101-99 edge, but Paul's driving bank shot tied the game with 18.4 left. Anthony then had a pair of chances to win the game at the end of regulation, but his shot upon driving into the lane was blocked by Emeka Okafor. Anthony's short jumper was then off the back of the rim.
Martin's bank shot and Afflalo's three-ball moved the hosts to a 106-101 lead, and later Paul's three-pointer had the visitors within 108-106 with under two minutes left.
Afflalo then banged in another three for a 111-106 lead.
"He hit some huge shots tonight," Billups said of Afflalo. "I just told him to stay focused. You're going to be the one that gets the looks. They're not going to sink off of me and give me the looks and 'Melo, you see how they play him."
The Hornets were up 54-53 at the break, but trailed 79-78 moving to the fourth.
David West sat out for the Hornets due to a sprained left ankle...The Hornets converted 14 Denver turnovers into 25 points...Afflalo went 5-of-9 from three- point range...Nene had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Denver...Okafor ended with 16 points and 10 boards.
01/24 01:50:32 ET