NBA Game Summary - Denver at New York
(Monday, March 13th)
Final Score: Denver 108, New York 96
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 35 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 108-96 thumping of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Anthony hit 13-of-21 shots and scored 10 of his points during a key third- quarter run that put the game out of reach.
Andre Miller added 16 points and eight assists and Marcus Camby had 10 points, 18 boards and five blocks for the Nuggets, who won for the fifth time in six games. Earl Boykins tallied 15 points off the bench for Denver, which improved to 3-1 on its current seven-game road trip.
Stephon Marbury had 25 points and seven assists to lead the hapless Knicks, who have lost two in a row after winning consecutive games. Channing Frye added 16 points and Jerome James scored 11 of his 13 points in the first quarter for New York, which opened a four-game homestand with its fourth consecutive setback at MSG.
The Knicks stayed with the Nuggets over the first two quarters. Despite trailing by as many as 12 points, 44-32, following a Ruben Patterson bucket at the 7:40 mark of the second, New York rallied to get within 59-56 late in the stanza before going into the half down 61-56.
However, in the third quarter Denver began to pull away. After a James basket got the Knicks within 63-60 just over 2 1/2 minutes into the frame, Denver went on a 17-6 run to build a double-digit lead. Anthony had 10 points during the burst, which he capped with five straight points for an 80-66 cushion with just over three minutes remaining.
Later, Boykins increased the lead to 86-71 heading into the fourth when he hit 1-of-2 free throws late in the third.
"The key was our defensive effort in the third quarter and 'Melo took over offensively," said Denver head coach George Karl.
In the fourth, the Nuggets put to rest all doubt by extending to a 20-point lead, 91-71, on a Reggie Evans basket less than a minute into the quarter.
New York never got within single digits the rest of the way.
"Home is supposed to be where you're most comfortable," said New York's Jalen Rose. "A number of guys are not comfortable playing here right now. You have to be emotionally tough to play here."
New York fell to 1-7 at home in its last eight and 11-19 for the season...Denver improved to 15-17 on the road...Steve Francis had just six points for the Knicks...Camby, a former Knick, recorded his 26th double-double of the season...Denver's Kenyon Martin played in his 400th career game. He ended with just four points in nine minutes of action...Eduardo Najera had 10 points for the Nuggets.
03/13 23:54:17 ET