NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Denver
(Wednesday, March 5th)
Final Score: Denver 126, Phoenix 113
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony combined for 61 points, 13 assists, and 18 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets downed the Phoenix Suns, 126-113.
Iverson scored 31, doled out 12 assists, and grabbed five rebounds without committing one turnover for the Nuggets, who have won three of four after dropping four of five. Anthony scored 30 points and raked in 13 boards, and J.R. Smith scored 20 points off the bench for the Nuggets.
Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and had six boards for the Suns, who have dropped three of four. Boris Diaw had 17 points and six assists, and Leandro Barbosa added 15 points off the bench for Phoenix. Shaquille O'Neal ripped down a season-high 18 rebounds and scored 12 points for the Suns, who are a pedestrian 3-5 since adding O'Neal to their lineup.
The Suns led 36-32 after one quarter.
The Nuggets took control with a 16-0 run early in the second quarter. After an O'Neal layup gave the Suns a 40-33 lead with 10:54 remaining, Iverson drove the lane for a layup, starting the burst. Smith drained consecutive three- pointers, and a Linas Kleiza layup capped the surge, putting the Nuggets up 49-40 lead with 7:49 remaining in the half.
"He played well, he gave us a big lift and made some big shots," said Iverson of Smith. "It's easier for everybody when he plays that way."
Denver led 68-61 at the intermission.
The Nuggets lead hovered around 10 points through much of the third quarter, until Smith sank a three and Iverson made one-of-two free throws in the final minute, and Denver took a 101-89 lead into the final 12 minutes.
A Gordan Giricek layup to start the fourth quarter again made it a 10-point game, 101-91, but an 11-4 Nuggets push boosted the Denver lead to 17. Smith and Kleiza both drained threes, the second putting the Nuggets up 112-95 with 9:02 remaining.
Denver's lead reached 19 points down the stretch as the Nuggets cruised to the win.
Phoenix turned the ball over 19 times.
"They capitalized on our mistakes. We too many points on turnovers and we have to be able to stop teams," said O'Neal.
The Nuggets are 24-7 at home this season. They have won four of their last five at the Pepsi Center...The Nuggets are 23-2 when Iverson records a double- double...O'Neal turns 36 on Friday.
03/06 01:28:32 ET