NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Denver
(Friday, January 11th)
Final Score: Denver 113, Orlando 103
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Orlando Magic, 113-103, at the Pepsi Center.
Anthony hit 11-of-20 shots for the Nuggets, who rebounded from Monday's 137-115 loss at Phoenix with their fourth win in five outings.
Allen Iverson and Anthony Carter each finished with 21 points, with Iverson tallying 13 assists and Carter 11 for Denver, which had 32 assists on 42 buckets.
Linas Kleiza scored 18 points and Kenyon Martin had 13 points with six rebounds for the Nuggets, who scored 15 of the final 20 points to escape with the win.
Rashard Lewis scored 21 points to lead the Magic, who have dropped four of five. Dwight Howard had another double-double with 20 points and 13 boards, as Orlando fell to 1-2 on its current four-game road trip.
With the game tied at 98 after Howard hit a short hook shot with 5:22 left, the Nuggets took over. Anthony hit consecutive layups, and after Jameer Nelson missed a three-pointer with 3:06 left, Anthony Carter drained a trey of his own with 2:48 on the clock to make it a 105-98 contest.
The Magic failed to make it a one-possession game after that, despite Iverson making just 2-of-7 free throws down the stretch.
"Anthony Carter came up big for us tonight," said Iverson. "He's been making big plays all year. He just did a great job."
Denver played without two key contributors. Forward Nene left the team indefinitely earlier in the day because of personal reasons and guard Chucky Atkins had surgery for a sports hernia Friday morning. Atkins is expected to miss eight weeks, while there is no timetable for Nene's return.
Maurice Evans had 15 points and Jameer Nelson tallied 11 points with eight assists for the Magic, who led 26-25 after one quarter. Keith Bogans recorded 14 points for Orlando, which led 56-53 going into halftime.
Marcus Camby recorded eight points and 12 rebounds for Denver, which went into the fourth down 86-84.
"I thought it was a very hard fought game against a very good team," said Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy. "We just didn't make enough plays and they did. Credit to them."
Orlando shot 46.4 percent from the floor for the game...Denver hit 47.2 percent of its shots, going 7-of-16 from three...The Magic hit 10-of-26 three-pointers...Iverson had five rebounds to reach the 3,000 mark for his career...This was Anthony's ninth double-double of the season...Howard has a league-leading 33 double-doubles this season.
01/12 00:21:09 ET