NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Denver
(Friday, December 31st)
Final Score: Denver 97, Philadelphia 92
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Bryon Russell hit two foul shots in the final minute to lift Denver to a 97-92 win over Philadelphia at the Pepsi Center.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 24 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who snapped a six-game losing streak in their debut under interim head coach Michael Cooper. Cooper replaced Jeff Bzdelik, who was fired earlier this week. DerMarr Johnson tied a season high with 18 points.
"What a game," Cooper said. "We've been preaching defense the last couple of days. And that's what it came down to."
Allen Iverson poured in a game-high 29 points and registered eight assists for the 76ers, who had their five-game road winning streak and three-game overall win streak snapped. Kyle Korver scored 13 points, pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, made four steals and tied a career-high with three blocks.
Nene contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds for Denver, which overcame an 11- point deficit in the fourth quarter. Anthony's two three-pointers in 86 seconds capped an eight-point burst, and Johnson's foul shot with 5:48 to go capped a 15-3 run that put it ahead 82-81.
The teams traded leads before Russell hit two foul shots with 33.2 seconds remaining to put the Nuggets ahead 93-91.
Iverson was fouled 11 seconds later, but made one-of-two from the foul line to get his team within 93-92.
Johnson converted one of two foul shots with 20.6 seconds left to put the Nuggets ahead 94-92.
Then Iverson missed a running one-hander in the lane on Philadelphia's next possession. Korver missed a potential game-tying three-pointer on its next offensive set with 1.6 to go.
"We had all the opportunities in the world to win the game," Iverson said. "They wanted it more than us. We started the game slow, and ended slow."
Denver, which opened a 16-2 edge on a layup by Marcus Camby, led 21-9 midway through the first quarter on three straight points by Anthony.
Philadelphia reeled off 15 straight points at the end the first to overcome a 12-point deficit. Korver scored eight of the points, and Marc Jackson made two foul shots with 1:05 left in the first to open a 28-25 edge at the end of the quarter.
Iverson led all scorers with 14 points in the initial 12 minutes.
A layup by Jackson early in the second quarter capped a 17-point surge and staked the Sixers to a 30-25 lead. Four straight points by Corliss Williamson put them ahead 36-28 with 8:53 left in the second.
The Nuggets scored eight straight points, tying the game 36-36 on Johnson's dunk with 7:16 left in the quarter.
Philadelphia went ahead 47-40 just 3:16 later. A driving layup by Willie Green capped its 11-4 surge.
Denver trailed 52-46 at halftime.
Less than two minutes into the third quarter, five straight points by Iverson put the Sixers ahead 57-48.
A jumper by Francisco Elson, with 2:24 left in the third, cut the Nuggets deficit to 69-67. They were down 74-67 at the end of the quarter.
Jackson's layup 2:01 into the fourth quarter opened a 78-67 lead for the Philadelphia.
Camby left the game with a back injury...Iverson notched a steal in his 47th straight game for the Sixers, who were looking for their first four-game winning streak since March 6-12 of last season....Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin missed the game with a bad back.
12/31 23:09:54 ET