NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Denver
(Wednesday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Denver 107, Atlanta 100
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Marcus Camby had 13 points and 21 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-100 at the Pepsi Center.
Allen Iverson scored 29 points and Linas Kleiza added 23 for the Nuggets, who were without Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony missed his first game of the season with a sprained left ankle. The Syracuse product left Monday's loss to the Lakers in the second quarter after coming down on Kobe Bryant's foot.
Kenyon Martin had 20 points and 10 boards for Denver, which has won three of four.
"I thought our guys fought very hard tonight," said Denver coach George Karl. "We have some fatigue on our team right now due to some guys playing a lot of minutes. We controlled the game against a talented team which is impressive."
Josh Smith recorded a triple-double, with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Hawks, who have dropped four straight. Marvin Williams added 20 points and Al Horford finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.
It may have taken a couple of technical fouls to finally awaken the Hawks. With 5:27 left, after Smith made a driving layup, he argued for a foul and was assessed a technical.
Atlanta coach Mike Woodson argued for a whistle as well and was also given a technical foul.
Iverson then made both technical foul shots, giving Denver a 96-86 lead. But a seemingly motivated Hawks team then went on a 10-4 run. Joe Johnson capped the run with a three-pointer to pull the Hawks within 100-96 with 3:12 remaining.
Atlanta then had a chance to pull within one possession on its next trip down the court, but Williams missed a hook shot and Horford a jumper.
The Nuggets then put the game away as Anthony Carter hit a driving layup and Kleiza added a tip-in with 1:20 left, giving Denver a 104-96 lead.
"We made a good comeback tonight but we just couldn't finish it off," said Smith. "It was tough because Iverson was playing so well tonight."
Atlanta was ice-cold in the first half, shooting just 28 percent, and trailed by as many as 17, 45-28, with 4:53 left in the second quarter. The Hawks were able to get within 52-42 at the intermission.
Denver led 78-70 after three quarters.
Smith did turn the ball over seven times...Denver has won six straight at home and is 18-5 this season at the Pepsi Center...Atlanta's Anthony Johnson had 12 points in his return to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension for a flagrant foul on Toronto's Jose Calderon last week...Atlanta was without center/forward Zaza Pachulia, who was suspended by the club for conduct detrimental to the team....Atlanta has lost six straight on the road...Iverson was just 6-of-21 from the field but made a season-high 15 foul shots...Denver shot 44.2 percent while Atlanta shot 39.2 percent...Attendance was 14,213.
01/24 00:36:28 ET