NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Denver
(Tuesday, December 6th)
Final Score: Denver 125, Atlanta 116
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and three other Denver players had 20 or more, and the Nuggets held off a second-half charge from Atlanta to record a 125-116 victory at the Pepsi Center.
Marcus Camby delivered 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Andre Miller netted 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Nuggets, who have won two straight. Miller added 14 assists and Earl Boykins dropped in 20 points off the bench in the triumph.
Al Harrington poured in a season-best 35 points for the pesky Hawks, who nearly fought back from an early 14-point deficit before suffering their sixth consecutive defeat. Tyronn Lue finished with 16 points, while Royal Ivey and Josh Childress each contributed 14.
The teams were tied at 90-90 in the early stages of the fourth quarter, but two made foul shots by Boykins and a three-point play from Miller would put Denver up by five. Atlanta's Salim Stoudamire sank a three-pointer on the other end before Miller was again fouled after converting a layup. He hit the subsequent bonus attempt for a 98-93 lead with 9:23 to play.
Harrington would again make it a two-point game with a basket from beyond the arc, but the Nuggets answered with a 7-0 spurt and went ahead 105-96 on a three-point play from Greg Buckner.
Atlanta would climb back, however, and pulled within 118-116 on a transition bucket by Childress with 1:23 to play.
Anthony misfired on the ensuing possession, but Childress was rejected on the other end by Camby, who kicked the ball out to Boykins for a fast-break layup. He was fouled on the play and hit the free throw for a five-point cushion with 49 seconds to go.
"(Childress) didn't see me," Camby said. "I was in the right place at the right time."
The Hawks failed to score over the duration, and Miller closed it out with four straight points.
"It's a win, but I'm not happy with how we played at the end," Camby added.
Denver assumed control early on with a 12-0 run midway through the first quarter. A three-pointer from Buckner gave the Nuggets a 20-8 advantage with 6:13 left in the period, and Anthony capped the burst shortly after with a driving layup to extend the margin to 14 points.
"It was an easy offensive game early for us," said Denver head coach George Karl. "Our mentality was to outshoot them."
The Hawks would climb back in it during the second quarter, using a 9-2 spurt to trim an 11-point deficit to four. Harrington closed out the flurry with a three-pointer to bring Atlanta within 49-45 with under five minutes to go in the half, and his layup with 3:32 remaining before intermission cut the Nuggets' lead to 54-51.
However, back-to-back three-point plays by Camby and Kenyon Martin put Denver up 64-54 heading into the final seconds of the half. Two free throws by Atlanta's Joe Johnson would make it an eight-point cushion at the break.
Denver led by 12 points early in the third quarter, but the Hawks would catch fire near the end of the session to make things very interesting.
Down 82-74 with 2 1/2 minutes to go in the period, Lue started the rally with a three-pointer and Stoudamire followed with a tip-in to make it a three-point game. Another triple by Lue to close out the quarter would send Atlanta into the final 12 minutes trailing just 88-86.
The Hawks' Josh Childress then opened the fourth quarter with a dunk off a Johnson feed to tie the score.
Denver finished 36-of-39 from the charity stripe, with Anthony sinking 12- of-13 attempts...Atlanta went 23-of-27 from the foul line...The Hawks made 7- of-13 three-point shots, while Buckner's trey was Denver's only made shot in seven tries from long distance...Ivey ended 7-of-10 from the floor and Childress made 7-of-11 of his field goal attempts...The Hawks' bench outscored the Nuggets' reserves 49-37...Atlanta's Josh Smith served a one-game suspension for elbowing Phoenix's Raja Bell on Sunday...Anthony received a $5,000 fine by the NBA for throwing the ball into the crowd during Saturday's victory over Miami.
12/07 01:27:57 ET