Nuggets top Blazers in overtime
DENVER – Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points but turned to his teammates in overtime Friday night and the Denver Nuggets snapped a four-game skid with a 114-107 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.Nene added a season-high 20 points in his best performance since tearing up a knee in last year’s opener as the Nuggets avenged a loss at Portland 48 hours earlier.The game went into overtime when Nene’s tip-in off Anthony’s miss came a split-second too late.
Nene scored Denver’s first bucket of the extra period, then Steve Blake (19 points) scored three straight baskets and J.R. Smith (17 points) scored five straight points before Blake scored again.The Nuggets had scored 15 points in overtime before Anthony got involved, sinking two free throws for a 114-107 lead with 37 seconds remaining.Denver outscored Portland 31-0 on fast breaks.The Trail Blazers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak against Denver on Wednesday night, lost their seventh straight at the Pepsi Center despite getting 25 points from Zach Randolph, 22 from Brandon Roy and 21 from Juan Dixon.
Allen Iverson missed his second straight game. He has a sprained ankle and the flu. Anthony, the league’s leading scorer, was snubbed by Western Conference coaches who picked the All-Star reserves. His hopes of getting his first All-Star selection rest in the hands of commissioner David Stern, who will pick injury replacements. Stern suspended Anthony for 15 games for his role in the Nuggets’ brawl with the New York Knicks in December.In a 2-minute stretch during the third quarter, Anthony didn’t exactly make a great case for himself, picking up an offensive foul, stepping out of bounds while dribbling along the baseline and missing an alley-oop dunk.But he turned it up in the fourth quarter, scoring seven straight points, including a 3-pointer with 4:08 left that broke an 86-all tie.
The Nuggets built their lead to 95-88, but were outscored 9-2 the rest of regulation, including Roy’s 3-pointer to tie it at 97 with 2.5 seconds left despite having Yakhouba Diawara all over him.The Trail Blazers used an 18-0 run spanning the first and second quarters to take a 25-13 lead and they took a 43-41 lead into the locker room despite getting outscored 17-0 on fast breaks.Notes: Neither Anthony nor Smith was hurt when they were involved in a fender bender on the way to the shootaround Friday morning. Both players drew technical fouls for jawing with the officials on separate occasions. … Nuggets coach George Karl didn’t know if Iverson would make the team’s trip to Sacramento on Saturday.
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