NBA Game Summary - Denver at Indiana
(Friday, February 9th)
Final Score: Denver 102, Indiana 95
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - On the day he was named to his first All- Star Game, Carmelo Anthony celebrated with a 34-point effort to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Indiana Pacers, 102-95.
Anthony was named as an injury replacement to the Western Conference All-Stars on Friday.
Eduardo Najera scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Nuggets, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Linas Kleiza added 15 points for Denver, and Nene finished with 14 points and seven boards.
"It's just good to get over the hump and finally pull out a win," said Anthony.
Mike Dunleavy scored 23 points and pulled down 11 boards for the Pacers, who lost their third straight. Danny Granger scored 19 points, Jermaine O'Neal added 16, and Troy Murphy finished with 14 points for the Pacers.
The Pacers opened the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run, pulling to within 76-74 after a Dunleavy three-pointer with 8:29 left. Denver survived that push, but the Pacers threatened again later in the quarter, with a Granger trey cutting the Denver lead to 89-87 with 4:23 left. The Nuggets scored nine straight, though, with a Kleiza three putting the nail in Indiana's coffin, giving the Nuggets a 98-87 lead with 2:20 left.
"We had a shot in the fourth to win it," said Dunleavy. "It was a tough night."
The Nuggets opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run, and scored 14 straight late in the quarter to take control of the game. An Anthony free throw closed the first run, which put Denver up 50-42 with 9:53 left. The Pacers whittled that lead down to one, at 62-61, but the Nuggets reeled off 14 straight, and led 76-63 entering the fourth quarter.
Anthony scored 12 points in the first quarter, helping his squad overcome an early 11-6 deficit, and the Nuggets closed the period out with six straight points to take a 20-16 lead into the second.
Indiana ripped off an 11-0 run midway through the second stanza, capped by a Dunleavy jumper that gave the Pacers a 31-24 lead with six minutes left. Denver answered with 10 straight points, though, and the teams were knotted at 40 entering the break.
Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle was ejected with 9:53 left in the third quarter for arguing calls, and guard Darrell Armstrong followed suit a little more than three minutes later when he was tossed...Denver also played without center Marcus Camby, who sat with the flu...Indiana fell to 4-20 on the season when trailing after three quarters of play.
02/09 22:36:28 ET