NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Denver
(Wednesday, January 4th)
Final Score: Denver 106, Indiana 86
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony and Earl Boykins each tallied 23 points, as the Denver Nuggets routed the depleted Indiana Pacers, 106-86, at the Pepsi Center.
Kenyon Martin added the inside presence with 16 points and six rebounds in the victory.
"We just needed another win," said Martin. "We moved the ball around and guys are making shots."
Andre Miller notched his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 assists, and Greg Buckner also scored 11 points for Denver, which has won two straight games.
Stephen Jackson paced Indiana with 21 points and six rebounds, while Danny Granger and Fred Jones contributed 12 points apiece in the loss.
Anthony Johnson added 11 points for Indiana, which lost for the fifth time in six games.
The Pacers were without All-Star forward Jermaine O'Neal, who sat out the contest with the flu. Indiana also played without guard Jamaal Tinsley, who continues to miss time with a partially torn bicep.
"We've got the same group that played well the other night. We are not going to make excuses," Indiana head coach Rick Carlisle said.
Jones' jumper just over three minutes into the third stanza cut the deficit to 62-58, but Denver responded again, this time with seven straight points.
Denver led 79-66 after three quarters.
The game turned into a laugher in the final period, as Earl Watson started the stanza with a three-pointer and the Nuggets eventually took a 93-72 lead on the heels of two Boykins' free throws. The Nuggets cruised the rest of the way.
"When we are playing good defense and getting out in the open court we are hard to stop," said Anthony.
Denver used a 13-4 spurt to take a 21-10 advantage. An alley loop slam by Martin put a emphatic exclamation on Denver's early double-digit lead.
The Nuggets held a 34-25 lead after the first quarter.
Indiana scored the first seven points of the second period to get within two. However, two Eduardo Najera free throws capped a 15-2 scoring streak to give Denver a 49-34 advantage. Boykins scored six straight points before Najera's free throws.
The lead grew to 18, 55-37, on Anthony's slam with 3:03 left in the first-half clock, but an 11-3 spurt trimmed Indiana's deficit to 58-48 at the half.
Indiana is 6-9 on the road this season...The Pacers still have three games left on their four-game road trip...Denver is 11-7 at the Pepsi Center...The Nuggets close out a six-game homestand versus Dallas on Friday...Denver shot 52.1 percent from the floor, while Indiana shot 40 percent...The Pacers made just 4-of-23 from three-point range...Granger also had five steals.
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