Melo, Boykins propel Nuggs to 100-87 win |

Melo, Boykins propel Nuggs to 100-87 win

ATLANTA Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, Earl Boykins added 19 and the Denver Nuggets dominated the fourth quarter, beating the Atlanta Hawks 100-87 Tuesday night.The Nuggets outscored Atlanta 29-17 in the final period, turning a close game into a blowout. The Hawks missed their first 13 shots of the fourth and squandered four other possessions with turnovers.By the time Solomon Jones scored Atlantas first field goal of the period on a layup with 5:11 remaining, the Hawks had managed to get two shots to bounce over the backboard without getting one to fall through the net.At that point, the Nuggets had a commanding 17-point lead. The 5-foot-5 Boykins hit a 3-pointer early in the period, used his quickness to get free for a couple of pull-up jumpers and blew by the Hawks to make a driving shot with his left hand, banking it high off the backboard.Yakhouba Diawara hit a couple of 3s to help the Nuggets take control. Anthony had just four points in the final period, but did manage a thunderous dunk with just over a minute remaining that drew ahhhs from what remained of the crowd.The Hawks returned home after going 2-3 on a West Coast road trip, which included a 98-96 victory at Denver. In that game, Joe Johnson scored 27 points to help Atlanta overcome a 17-point deficit in the final quarter.Johnson wasnt available for this one, sitting out his second straight game with a strained right calf. The Hawks sure could have used their top scorer, who is averaging 28.7 points.

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