NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 11th (All times eastern)
Denver Nuggets (6-2) at Milwaukee Bucks (3-2), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - One night after narrowly escaping Chicago with a victory, the Denver Nuggets will wrap up a lengthy six-game road excursion Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
Denver pulled off a 90-89 last-second victory Tuesday against the Bulls at the United Center, as Chauncey Billups sank a free throw with 0.6 seconds left to put the Nuggets ahead for good. Chicago's Brad Miller then buried a desperation heave at the buzzer to send the crowd into a frenzy, but following a long review by the officials the basket was overturned in favor of Denver.
"I missed it (the second free throw) on purpose thinking that they would only have 0.3 seconds) and have to hit a miraculous shot -- and they hit a miraculous shot," said Billups, who ended with 17 points and six assists. "It's the kind of strategy where it can come back to bite you, but today it didn't. That's the NBA, you're looking at two good teams out there."
Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 20 points and Kenyon Martin added 15 points and 10 boards for the Nuggets, who are 3-2 on the swing and put the brakes on a two-game losing streak. J.R. Smith returned from a seven-game suspension for reckless driving to start the season and added five points and five assists. He allegedly will now go by his given name, Earl Smith III.
The Bucks, meanwhile, have won two in a row and began a six-game homestand with Saturday's 102-87 victory over the New York Knicks.
Andrew Bogut finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Bucks, who will also host the Warriors, Mavericks, Nets and Bobcats on the residency. Jodie Meeks added 19 points and Brandon Jennings scored 17 in a winning effort.
"It's good to get a win where you have an easy lead and the starters can somewhat come out of the fourth quarter and get some rest," said Bogut. "Third quarter we struggled a little bit, but it was a 30-point game and I think we had some mental lapses and put it in cruise control, which is no excuse, but we played well tonight."
Denver has won four of the last six overall meetings with Milwaukee, but has lost two in a row at the Bradley Center.
11/11 10:32:18 ET