NBA Game Summary - Denver at New Orleans
(Wednesday, April 6th)
Final Score: Denver 94, New Orleans 83
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony finished with 18 points and Andre Miller added 16 points and eight assists to lead the Denver Nuggets past the Hornets, 94-83, at New Orleans Arena.
DerMarr Johnson and Wesley Person posted 12 points apiece for the Nuggets, who have won five straight and 11 of their last 12 games. Marcus Camby recorded 11 points and 13 rebounds in the win and Nene chipped in 10 points.
The Nuggets are currently seventh in the Western Conference playoff race and pulled within a half game of idle Houston for the sixth spot. Denver also holds a one-game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies, who won in Toronto on Wednesday.
Dan Dickau ended with 20 points and seven assists for the Hornets, who have dropped two of three and seven of their last 10 games. Lee Nailon added 16 points in the setback.
The Nuggets, who never trailed, opened the game with an 8-2 run and led 24-15 by the late stages of the first quarter. However, New Orleans rallied and cut the deficit to 24-20 by the end of the period.
The score was tight at 30-26 after Nailon's layup early in the second quarter, but the Nuggets responded with a 14-6 burst to open a double-digit lead. Wesley Person started the run with a three-pointer and Nene's layup made it 44-32 with 1:42 remaining. Denver would then carry a 50-37 cushion into the locker room.
Johnson led Denver with 12 points at halftime, while Dickau paced the Hornets with 10 points.
The Nuggets continued to expand their lead in the third quarter and found themselves holding a 70-47 edge midway through the period after back-to-back buckets by Anthony. Denver would lead 74-55 heading into the final quarter.
The Hornets were able to cut the deficit to single digits in the final quarter, but couldn't complete the comeback. Denver led 85-65 after Martin hit a pair of free throws with 6:20 left. That's when the Hornets responded with a 14-1 run to cut the deficit to 86-79 with 2:45 left, but New Orleans could get no closer than that.
New Orleans forward Chris Andersen finished with nine points, 12 rebounds and tied a career-high with seven blocks. He left the game late in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle...Denver scored 24 points off turnovers compared to just two for the Hornets...New Orleans guard Speedy Claxton missed the game with a groin injury.
04/06 22:51:50 ET