NBA Game Summary - Denver at Charlotte
(Monday, January 14th)
Final Score: Charlotte 119, Denver 116
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Gerald Wallace scored a season-high 40 points, but no two were bigger than a pair of free throws with 3:43 remaining to give the Charlotte Bobcats their first lead of the second half en route to a 119-116 comeback win over the Denver Nuggets.
Matt Carroll scored a season-high 19 points off the bench for the Bobcats, who snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory. Emeka Okafor notched a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte as five Bobcats scored in double figures. Raymond Felton contributed a season-high 15 assists in the victory.
"We're having a chance to see a superstar form right in front of our eyes," Bobcats coach Sam Vincent said of Wallace's offensive outburst. "The way he's shooting the ball from the outside and attacking the rim, he's becoming a very dynamic player."
Carmelo Anthony poured in 35 points for the Nuggets, who had won four of five games entering the contest. Marcus Camby dominated the paint in a losing effort, as his 20 points and 23 rebounds were both season bests. Allen Iverson scored 23 in the losing effort, while J.R. Smith paced the Nuggets' reserves with 12 points.
The Bobcats came out hot, finishing the first quarter on a 21-10 run to take a 34-25 lead as the period expired. The Nuggets caught on fire in the second quarter, scoring 43 points and taking a 68-67 lead heading into the break after Anthony Carter nailed a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds left in the half.
The teams traded baskets through much of the third quarter, but again it was Denver using a late offensive flurry to open up a lead as large as five, punctuated by an Allen Iverson fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to send the Nuggets into the fourth with a 99-96 lead.
However, after allowing Denver's offense to run roughshod for 36 minutes, the Bobcats stiffened up in the final 12, allowing just 17 points in the fourth quarter.
The Nuggets pushed the lead to as many as six points in the fourth, but Nazr Mohammed and Jason Richardson helped mount a 12-2 run that turned the tables in Charlotte's favor for good. Mohammed scored four of his 10 points during the stretch, and Richardson nailed two key long-distance shots to put Denver away.
First, Richardson took a feed from Felton and nailed a three-pointer with 4:33 remaining to close the gap to 110-109. Then, after Wallace's free throws gave the Bobcats the lead with 3:43 to go, Richardson again connected from three- point range to cap off the run and give Charlotte a 114-110 lead.
"There were some little things we could have done or adjusted to defensively that we didn't do tonight," Anthony said. "You can't take anything away from the Bobcats, they played well."
Smith's three-pointer with 39 seconds left made it a one-possession game at 117-115, and after Wallace missed a three to ice the game, Anthony was fouled and went to the line with an opportunity to tie the game.
Anthony made the first shot and missed the second, but the rebound found its way back to him at the top of the key. However, Anthony was called for traveling, and after Carroll hit two free throws, the Nuggets couldn't manage to get off a shot to tie the game before time expired.
The Nuggets shot 61.4 percent from the field in the first half, but finished at just 49.4 percent for the game, while the Bobcats made 48.3 percent of their shots...The 119 points for the Bobcats were a season high...Denver outscored Charlotte in the paint 64-46...Charlotte's bench outscored Denver's 34-19.
01/14 23:05:19 ET