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Carmelo’s 31 sinks New Orleans

AP Photo/Bill HaberDenver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony (15) goes to the basket against New Orleans Hornets' Chris Andersen (12) in the second half in New Orleans Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005. Anthony scored 31 points in the Nuggets' 94-93 victory.
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NEW ORLEANS – Carmelo Anthony scored 17 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to help the Denver Nuggets overcome an 11-point deficit in the final 10 minutes for a 94-93 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night.Anthony hit all 14 free throws he took, 10 in the final period, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Earl Boykins scored 16 points, hitting all six of his free throws – including two with 4.6 seconds left to ice the game for Denver, which finished the game on a 15-7 run.Dan Dickau hit a meaningless 3 at the buzzer and led New Orleans with 22 points, but he also accounted for one of what turned out to be three critical missed free throws by the Hornets in the fourth quarter.The Nuggets shot 33-of-36 from the foul line, while the Hornets finished 19-of-24. Denver also outscored New Orleans 25-2 on fast breaks while forcing 24 Hornets turnovers – the third straight time a Nuggets opponent had committed at least 20.Kenyon Martin added 12 points for Denver, including a pair of alley-oop dunks. But he was ejected early in the fourth when referee Joe Crawford gave him a second technical for repeatedly bickering with officials.

Casey Jacobsen made the technical free throw, then Bostjan Nachbar hit a 3-pointer to give New Orleans its largest lead of the game at 78-67 with 10:12 left.Denver regrouped behind Anthony, who was only 5-of-15 from the field through three quarters. He hit three of his next four shots, including a 3-pointer, and added four free throws to help Denver tie the game at 86 with 3:34 to go.Nets 104, Cavaliers 98EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Vince Carter had 34 points, 11 rebounds and combined with Jason Kidd to make all the key plays down the stretch as the New Jersey Nets held on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-98 after squandering a 21-point lead on Sunday.Kidd had 14 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and rookie Nenad Krstic added 15 points as the Nets sent LeBron James and the Cavaliers to their sixth straight road loss.James, who did not take a shot until late in the first quarter, had 28 points and seven assists. Jeff McInnis had 23 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 20 points and 18 rebounds.

Down by 21 in the second quarter and 20 midway through the third, the Cavaliers tied the game with 8:38 left, but never took the lead.Raptors 108, Lakers 102TORONTO (AP) – Jalen Rose scored 26 points, including eight straight late in the fourth quarter, to help the Raptors extended their winning streak to three games.Rose scored 10 of Toronto’s last 12 points as the Raptors closed out the game on a 12-3 run.Kobe Bryant had 31 points for the Lakers, who have lost two straight following a season-high three-game win streak.Donyell Marshall added 19 rebounds and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who are unbeaten since the All-Star break. Six Toronto players reached double figures in scoring.Bucks 99, SuperSonics 73



MILWAUKEE (AP) – Michael Redd scored 35 points to lead the Bucks in Ray Allen’s return to Milwaukee.Allen, a fan favorite for more than six seasons with Milwaukee, scored 16 points for Seattle on 4-for-16 shooting in his first game at the Bradley Center since being traded on Feb. 20, 2003.Desmond Mason, a former member of the Sonics, had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Joe Smith added 16 points as the Bucks ended Seattle’s three-game winning streak.Jazz 99, Rockets 92HOUSTON (AP) – Matt Harpring scored 28 points and Raja Bell added 21 for Utah.Houston, which led by as many as 10 points in the first half, has dropped three straight after winning eight in a row.Tracy McGrady led the Rockets with 23 points and Mike James, in his first game with Houston, added 21. He started after being traded from Milwaukee last week.


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