NBA Game Summary - Denver at New Orleans
(Sunday, February 27th)
Final Score: Denver 94, New Orleans 93
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 31 points, including 17 in the final quarter, as the Denver Nuggets rallied from 11 points down to record their third consecutive victory with a 94-93 decision over the struggling New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena.
Anthony went 8-of-20 from the floor, 14-of-14 from the free throw line and added 10 rebounds for Denver, which has won four of its last five overall.
Earl Boykins came off the bench to add 16 points, while Andre Miller Kenyon Martin and Bryon Russell netted 12 points apiece. Miller also had six assists and six steals, while Marcus Camby grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked seven shots to go along with his five points.
Leading New Orleans, which owns the league's worst record (11-44) and has lost 10 of its last 13 contests, was Dan Dickau with 22 points. Coming off the bench, Casey Jacobsen had 15 points, Chris Andersen added 12 and 10 rebounds and Bostjan Nachbar netted 11 points.
With the score knotted 90-90 with less than a minute on the clock, Russell drove the baseline and hit a hanging layup to put Denver ahead, 92-90, with 28 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession, Dickau drove to the hoop, but was rejected by Camby.
The Hornets kept possession however, and Dickau again drove down the lane, but was called for an offensive foul when Eduardo Najera stepped in and took the charge.
After getting fouled, Boykins hit two free throws to put the Nuggets up, 94-90. Dickau set the final score with a three-pointer at the buzzer.
"Just like I told the guys a little while ago, we lose this game by one point (and) we give up 25 points on fast break buckets, 24 turnovers, and they go to the line 26 times. All of the things that we talk about and all of the things that we work on in practice, they have to start registering," said Hornets head coach Byron Scott.
The score was tied 86-86 with 3 1/2 minutes to play, before Jackson Vroman netted a baby hook shot and later added a free throw to give New Orleans a three-point edge.
Anthony answered with four unanswered free throws to give Denver its first lead since the first half, 90-89 with 90 seconds to play. Dickau then tied the game by hitting 1-of-2 free throws.
New Orleans' lead ballooned to 78-67 with 10 minutes remaining in the game, before Denver went on an 8-2 run capped by a Boykins' floater to cut the deficit to 80-75.
Moments later, a pair of free throws and a layup from Anthony pulled Denver to within four, before Anthony then added a three-pointer and two more free throws to tie the game at 86.
Denver came out of the locker room and, following an alley-oop from Martin, trimmed New Orleans' lead to 57-53 less than four minutes into the third quarter. The Hornets held tough and after a pair of free throws from Nachbar, held a 74-67 advantage after three quarters.
New Orleans jumped out to a 9-4 advantage early, but Denver ran off 11 of the next 13 points, including an alley-oop off the backboard from Miller to Martin, to surge ahead 15-11 midway through the first quarter, which ended in a 25-25 tie.
After a jumper from Dickau staked the Hornets to a 43-35 advantage, Denver cut the deficit to 43-40 with a little more than three minutes in the first half. New Orleans used a 7-4 burst to go into intermission up 50-44.
Both teams shot 44 percent from the field in the first half.
Denver finished the two-game road trip 2-0 to improve to 11-20 on the road this season...The Nuggets have won six of their last 10 road games...New Orleans fell to just 8-18 at home this season, but have won seven of its last 13 home games...The Hornets finished a four-game homestand Sunday with a 1-3 record... Denver posted a 76-67 victory over the Hornets at the Pepsi Center on November 29...New Orleans has won five of eight and 13 of the last 19 meetings overall...The Nuggets improved to 10-4 under coach George Karl...Martin was ejected with 10:26 remaining in the game for arguing with official Joey Crawford...Speedy Claxton made his New Orleans' debut, finishing with five points and eight assists in 23 minutes before fouling out.
02/28 00:22:27 ET