NBA Game Summary - Miami at Denver
(Sunday, December 2nd)
Final Score: Denver 115, Miami 89
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 115-89 rout of the Miami Heat at the Pepsi Center.
Kenyon Martin added 20 and eight rebounds and Allen Iverson also had 20 points for the Nuggets, who have won two straight after dropping three in a row. Marcus Camby tallied seven points, six assists and 21 rebounds for Denver, which continued its dominance over the Heat in recent years.
The Nuggets have won five straight nine of the last 11 meetings against the Heat. Miami last defeated the Nuggets on December 17, 2004 and haven't won in the Mile High City since January 29, 2002.
"We wanted to come out and play well early," said Martin. "The guys were being aggressive all night and it worked out well for us."
Dwyane Wade had 13 points to lead the Heat, who have dropped two straight and seven of 10. Shaquille O'Neal was held to just six points and eight rebounds for Miami, which fell to just 4-12 so far this season.
"That was an abysmal game for us," said Miami head coach Pat Riley. "They were great from the get-go and we were out of it from the jump ball."
Denver put this game out of reach in the first quarter, scoring 16 of the first 20 points and rarely looking back after that. Anthony's slam dunk at the 8:13 mark gave the Nuggets a 16-4 lead. Then, Anthony Carter's layup with 5:20 left increased the lead to 23-8. Later, a 10-3 run to end the first quarter staked Denver to a 37-17 cushion.
Anthony scored 12 points in the frame.
Things continued to get out of hand in the second quarter with the lead reaching 25 points following a J.R. Smith layup with 5:37 left. The Nuggets eventually took a 59-42 advantage into the locker room.
After holding a 92-64 lead going into the fourth, the lead reached 30 for the first time when Iverson's jumper gave the Nuggets a 94-64 advantage just over 30 seconds into the final quarter.
Denver cruised from there and recorded its eighth home win of the season.
"We did a good job early on both ends of the floor," said Iverson. "We passed the ball well and everyone tried to find the open man. It was an entire team effort."
Miami's Jason Williams suffered a right foot sprain and did not return. He ended with eight points and six assists...Ricky Davis and Daequan Cook each had 11 points off the bench for the Heat...Miami shot just 37.5 percent for the game, compared to 48.9 for the Nuggets.
12/02 23:20:21 ET