NBA Game Summary - Denver at Milwaukee
(Saturday, February 10th)
Final Score: Denver 109, Milwaukee 102
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony continued to validate his All-Star ticket with 29 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, leading the shorthanded Denver Nuggets to a 109-102 win over Milwaukee.
Anthony, who was selected to his first All-Star appearance on Friday and then scored 34 points in a win at Indiana, helped Denver to back-to-back wins for the first time since a five-game surge, January 14-23.
"There's a little confidence," Denver coach George Karl said. "We've had some reasons to it. "I think what has happened in the last few weeks is defensively we were thinking we could make some stops."
The Nuggets played without All-Star guard Allen Iverson, who was out for the sixth time in Denver's last seven games due to a sprained ankle. Marcus Camby also missed the game with a groin strain.
"I think we've gone out these last two games and had fun out there," Anthony said. "I'm just trying not to put too much pressure on myself."
Nene added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Denver, which also got 16 points from J.R. Smith and 15 from Eduardo Najera. Steve Blake ended with 10 points and 11 assists for the Nuggets.
Earl Boykins, playing despite an injured right thumb, led the Bucks with 26 points. Milwaukee is 3-17 since the turn of the new year.
"The difference in the game tonight was turnovers," Boykins said. "I think we made some crucial turnovers at bad times of the game that allowed them to get easy baskets. When you do that against a good team, you don't win too many games."
A Boykins three and another jumper by the diminutive guard tied the game at 102 with 1:21 left, but Najera's jumper gave Denver the lead for good with 59.4 seconds left.
Ruben Patterson then missed a shot in the lane for the Bucks and Nene hit a free throw. After Mo Williams missed a shot for the Bucks and a steal by Blake, Nene hit two more foul shots with 26.9 seconds remaining for a 107-102 margin.
Blake sealed the victory with two at the charity stripe.
Milwaukee led 23-22 after one quarter, but the game was tied at 49 at the half. It was 80-74 Denver going into the fourth.
Andrew Bogut's layup brought the Bucks within 82-81 with 8:20 left in the fourth, but Denver countered immediately with a three from Smith and a three- point play by Nene.
Brian Skinner's layup had Milwaukee within 93-90 with 5:17 left, but Reggie Evans hit a pair of foul shots and Smith jammed for a seven-point margin.
Williams and Charlie Bell each had 16 points for the Bucks, who also got 13 from Patterson...Linas Kleiza had 12 points and Evans 10 boards for Denver.
02/11 00:26:35 ET