NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Denver
(Tuesday, November 27th)
Final Score: Indiana 112, Denver 110
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Shawne Williams scored 21 points, hitting six free throws down the stretch, as the Indiana Pacers held off a furious Denver Nuggets rally to earn a 112-110 victory at the Pepsi Center.
Mike Dunleavy went for a season-high 30 points and Williams also grabbed 11 rebounds, including the biggest of the game when he corralled J.R. Smith's potential game-tying missed free throw with two seconds remaining.
The Pacers appeared to have the game in hand following a Dunleavy three with under a minute to go that made it 106-97. But Allen Iverson and Smith combined to hit three consecutive shots from beyond the arc to help bring the Nuggets back within two at 110-108 with 11.4 seconds to go.
Williams went to the line and hit the first of two free throws to make it a three-point game before Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien iced his own player by calling a timeout before the second foul shot. Williams missed the second, and Denver came down the court needing a three to tie.
Following a timeout, Smith ended up with a clean look from the left wing, and was fouled on a three-point attempt with 2.7 ticks on the clock. Smith canned the first two from the stripe, but the third attempt rolled off the rim and Williams grabbed the board and hit one-of-two free throws at the other end.
Only when Carmelo Anthony's desperation heave nicked off the front rim did Indiana have the win in hand.
"We played the game with a lot of guts tonight," O'Brien said. "It was a game of runs, and fortunately we had one more than they did. To hold a great offensive team like them to 36 percent shooting is a testament to our guys."
Iverson finished with 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, while Anthony had 25 points and seven boards. Smith added 13 points and Anthony Carter had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Denver, which lost for the third time in its last four games to fall to 6-2 at home.
"I like the intensity we played with," said Nuggets head coach George Karl. "But the brain wasn't there. Indiana had more energy in the end than we did, and that's why they won."
Indy scored the first 15 to start the game before the Nuggets stormed back to pull within 31-25 at the end of the quarter. Denver took a 48-46 lead with under three minutes left in the half on a pair of Linas Kleiza free throws before the Pacers closed the half on a 10-2 run to lead 56-50 at the half.
The Pacers led 64-52 with 9:30 to go in the third, but the Nuggets scored 13 unanswered to take the lead on an Iverson three-ball with a little more than seven minutes to go in the frame. The scoring see-sawed the rest of the period, and Denver led 83-82 going into the fourth.
Indy then ran off eight straight to start the final stanza and go up 90-83. Denver made another run to make it a five-point game at 100-95 with just under three minutes remaining.
Kleiza finished with 14 points, while Jamaal Tinsley had 15 points and 11 assists for Indiana.
Indy won for the fourth time in five games to start its current four-game road swing; they also won for the first time in a game during which they trailed entering the fourth quarter, albeit by just a point...Denver shot just 36 percent (35-for-97) and was outrebounded 59-47...Marquis Daniels had 15 points off the bench for Indy, while Troy Murphy had 10 points and eight boards.
11/28 00:28:13 ET