NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Denver
(Saturday, March 29th)
Final Score: Denver 119, Golden State 112
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Kenyon Martin scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets used a big second-half run to surge past Golden State, 119-112, and leapfrog the Warriors for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 for the Nuggets, who picked up their fifth straight win and hold a half-game edge over the Warriors for the final playoff position. J.R. Smith contributed 20 points, while Allen Iverson finished with 14 points, eight assists and seven boards.
Denver also sits just a half-game behind idle Dallas for the seventh seed in the West.
Baron Davis had 28 points and seven assists for the Warriors, who are just 5-5 in their last 10 games. Stephen Jackson added 25 points, Monta Ellis scored 22 and Andris Biedrins ended with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
After scoring the final five points of the third, Denver opened the fourth quarter with six straight points, going ahead 94-86 when Iverson finished a fast break by finding Smith for a layup less than 1 1/2 minutes in.
Linas Kleiza's putback restored a 10-point gap, then Smith swooped in for another layup to cap a 15-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to give Denver a 98-86 spread with 9 1/2 minutes to go.
The Warriors couldn't get closer than nine over the next several minutes, until Austin Croshere drained a three to pull Golden State within 106-103 with 4:36 left.
Golden State couldn't get closer than three, and Martin's jumper as the shot clock expired gave the Nuggets a 115-110 edge with 1:11 on the clock. Davis misfired on a three, and Denver put the game away at the free throw line.
Marcus Camby scored just two points for the Nuggets, but grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out six assists and blocked five shots, while Eduardo Najera had 11 points and seven boards in the win.
Anthony scored 12 points and Martin added 11 in a fast-paced first quarter that the Nuggets ended on a 7-3 spurt to take a 38-32 lead after 12 minutes.
Denver led by as many as 11 in the second, but the Warriors finished the half with a 10-3 run, capped by a pair of free throws by Ellis in the waning seconds, and trailed just 65-61 at the break.
Consecutive baskets from Martin and Camby helped Denver open a nine-point cushion early in the third, but Davis hit a three to spark an 11-2 burst that he capped with a jumper to force a 76-76 tie with 6:29 left in the third.
Azubuike's tip-in with 5:05 left put the Warriors in front 80-78, their first lead since 5-4 just over 90 seconds into the game. Golden State led by as many as three, but the Nuggets clawed back with the final five points of the quarter to take an 88-86 lead after three periods.
Denver has won five of the last seven meetings...The teams combined for 204 shots from the field, 100 by the Nuggets and 104 by the Warriors...Denver shot 46 percent from the field and held Golden State to 40.4 percent...The Nuggets won the rebounding battle, 58-51...Golden State visits Dallas on Sunday, while Denver plays in Phoenix on Monday...The Nuggets lead the season series, 2-1, and will play the Warriors again April 10 in Oakland in the final meeting between the clubs.
03/29 23:55:02 ET