NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Denver
(Tuesday, January 10th)
Final Score: Denver 139, Phoenix 137 (3-OT)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored 43 points and hit the game-winning jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining in triple-overtime to give the Denver Nuggets an exciting 139-137 victory over the Phoenix Suns at the Pepsi Center.
Anthony also had 11 rebounds, while Earl Boykins added a career-high 33 points and dished out eight assists, including a key helper on Anthony's final shot, as the Nuggets won for the fourth time in five games.
Raja Bell had 30 points and six assists, Shawn Marion added 28 points and 14 rebounds and Steve Nash finished with 26 points and 13 assists before fouling out for the Suns, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. It marked Phoenix's second triple-OT game in 2006, as the Suns lost at New York, 140-133 on January 2.
The game was tied at 137 each after Eddie House drained a jumper to tie the game with 12.5 seconds left.
However, after a Denver timeout, Boykins got the ball to Anthony, who hit a jumper from the right side.
The Suns had one final chance, but House's desperation leaner from the top of the arc came up short of the basket.
"I'm just happy we won," said Anthony. "I'm glad my teammates have confidence in me to get me the ball down the stretch."
Denver took a 131-129 lead on the strength of an Anthony jump shot with 2:42 to play in the third OT. However, Marion put in a running jumper on the Suns' next possession to tie the game.
The teams exchanged a pair of baskets to make it 135 each with 47.9 seconds remaining after Nash put in a layup.
However, Denver drew two fouls on its next possession, one of which saw Nash foul out of the game. After the second foul, Andre Miller hit two free throws to give the Nuggets a 137-135 lead with 35.6 seconds remaining. House nailed a jumper to tie the game to set up Anthony's heroics.
"What a basketball game," said Nuggets coach George Karl. "Eddie Najera and Earl Boykins were great on pick and roll defense and 'Melo was great on offense. Fatigue was a factor, but I think everybody on the floor was tired. The key thing in one of these types of games is to keep your bladder under control."
The game went into the extra session at 106 apiece after Miller put in a layup and Marion slammed. Marion had an opportunity to give Phoenix the win at the buzzer, but missed his shot.
Denver had a 117-114 lead late in the first extra session, but Nash drained a three-pointer with 21 seconds left and Boykins missed a jumper as the buzzer sounded and the game went into a second OT.
The Suns had a 125-123 lead with 1:21 remaining in the second OT after James Jones put in a fadeaway jumper. Denver missed its next shot, but Eduardo Najera stripped the ball from Nash and Boykins put in a layup to force the third overtime.
"They played well, they played hard," said Suns coach Mike D'Antoni. "We got tired and they hit big shots. Give them credit, they didn't want to be put away tonight."
It was a tight first quarter with neither team able to build a sizeable advantage. Denver led 26-25 after the first 12 minutes. Denver had a 55-53 lead going into the locker room. Phoenix regained the lead in the third and had an 85-79 advantage going into the fourth.
Denver starts a three-game road trip Friday at Minnesota...The Suns host the Warriors on Thursday...Phoenix had won five straight after losing the last four meetings in this series...Miller finished with 15 points and six rebounds...Denver shot 49 percent from the field while Phoenix hit 48 percent of its shots...Jones finished with 22 points...Boris Diaw had 15 points for Phoenix, while teammate Kurt Thomas had 12 points and 12 boards...Nash had seven turnovers...Anthony finished the game with cotton in his nose after colliding with Najera in the third OT...Earl Watson had 15 points and Najera scored 13 for Denver.
01/11 01:07:43 ET