NBA Game Summary - Denver at Toronto
(Friday, December 10th)
Final Score: Denver 101, Toronto 87
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony poured in 28 points and tied a career-high by dishing out nine assists to lead Denver to an easy 101-87 win over Toronto at Air Canada Centre.
Nene chipped in a season-high 21 points and Kenyon Martin had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won four straight games. Andre Miller also contributed 18 points in the win.
"We were aggressive, we've been playing well as of late and we're just keeping it going," said Martin. "That's what we need to do in order to be successful."
Rafer Alston had 25 points and Lamond Murray netted 16 off the bench for the struggling Raptors, who have dropped six consecutive contests.
Earlier on Friday it was announced that Toronto placed All-Star guard Vince Carter on the injured list. Carter, who had tests taken that revealed a mild strain of his left Achilles' tendon, sustained the injury during Wednesday's game against Detroit when he fell while driving the baseline.
"We had guys injured, we had guys not here and some guys got up to it and played and for whatever reason...it was their night," said Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell.
Denver jumped out to a seven-point lead midway through the first quarter and extended the margin to 29-18 after one.
Nene's three-point play early in the second extended the cushion to 14 points and the lead ballooned to 54-36 late in the frame. The Nuggets eventually carried a commanding 56-37 edge into the locker room.
Miller scored 14 points while Nene chipped in 12 first-half points. Alston led the Raptors with 10 in the opening 24 minutes.
Denver extended the margin to 23 points early in the third quarter and the Raptors never really threatened despite making the final respectable.
The Nuggets led by as many as 30 points in the final 24 minutes.
Anthony also grabbed eight rebounds...The Nuggets made 54 percent of their shots (40-of-74), while Toronto connected on just 38 percent of its attempts (30-of-79)...Denver has won 11 of its last 14 games...The Nuggets swept the season-series, but won for the first time in their last trips to Toronto. It was the club's first victory North of the border since February 18, 2000...Denver played without Rodney White after the forward was suspended one game for pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon.
12/10 22:56:15 ET