NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Denver
(Thursday, November 11th)
Final Score: Denver 117, Detroit 109
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony poured in 34 points before fouling out late, Earl Boykins became the shortest player in NBA history to score at least 30, and Denver held on for a 117-109 victory over Detroit at the Pepsi Center.
The 5-foot-5 Boykins ended with 32 points and six assists in 33 minutes off the bench for the Nuggets, who snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 2-4 on the season. Andre Miller chipped in 14 points and six helpers.
"Obviously this was a much-needed win for us," said Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik.
Richard Hamilton scored 25 points to lead the Pistons, who had a two-game win streak halted. Carlos Delfino added 17 points off the bench and Chauncey Billups had 16 before leaving with a left ankle injury.
Denver was without forward Nene, who missed his fifth consecutive game with a strained hamstring. Nuggets forward Marcus Camby left the game in the first half, also with a strained hamstring.
The Pistons played without two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace, who will miss one more game following the brain cancer death of his 61-year-old brother.
Denver led by as many as eight points in the first quarter after an 8-2 run, capped by Anthony's bucket inside the 3:00 mark, made it 21-13.
The Nuggets carried a 25-19 advantage into the second, and went ahead by as many as 14 when Anthony scored for a 45-31 margin with seven minutes remaining in the half. Detroit followed with a 10-0 burst to pull within 45-41, but trailed 55-47 heading into the break.
Denver used a 10-0 run near the end of the third quarter to take an 84-69 lead. Rodney White and DeMarr Johnson both hit three-pointer during the burst, with Johnson's giving the Nuggets their 15-point lead with 1:17 remaining in the quarter.
The Denver lead was 88-73 heading into the fourth, and it reached 20 when Anthony drained a three to make it 93-73 with 10:40 left in the game.
"Carmelo just played with a vengeance tonight," Bzdelik said.
But the Pistons chipped away at their deficit and pulled within four points at 104-100 on a pair of Tayshaun Prince free throws with 4:19 remaining. The Nuggets scored four straight after that, however, and went ahead 108-100 on Boykins' three at the 2:08 mark.
Detroit was within four with less than 20 seconds left, but free throws from Boykins and Greg Buckner sealed the win for Denver.
Denver's Kenyon Martin was ejected in the final minute of the fourth quarter after receiving his second technical foul. He scored six points...The Nuggets placed Voshon Lenard on the injured list and activated forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili before the game...The Nuggets lost both of their matchups against the Pistons last season and had dropped seven straight in the series coming in.
11/12 02:16:21 ET