Roy, Fry lead Trail Blazers over Nuggets
DENVER – Brandon Roy had 26 points and 11 assists and Channing Frye scored 20 points as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 116-105 on Sunday night.Allen Iverson had 38 points for Denver, which has lost two straight after a three-game winning streak.Carmelo Anthony struggled from the field again and finished with 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting, and Kenyon Martin had 14 for the Nuggets.Travis Outlaw had 17 points for the Blazers, who got their first win in Denver since Feb. 26, 2003, to snap the Nuggets nine-game home winning streak against Portland. Denver had won 15 of the last 17 meetings at home dating back to the 1999-2000 season.
The Blazers, who shot 54.5 percent from the field, took control early in the second half and led by double digits the rest of the way.Portland made 58 percent of its shots in the first half and stayed hot from the field at the start of the third quarter. The Blazers went on an 11-0 run early in the second half – capped by a 3-pointer from Steve Blake – to extend their lead to 72-52 with 8:22 left.The advantage reached 21 before the Nuggets found a little offense. Iverson and Anthony hit 3s to pull to 82-70 with 2:57 left in the period, but the Blazers finished the quarter strong to take a 92-73 lead into the fourth.Denver got within 12 twice in the fourth quarter thanks to Iverson’s offense. The 6-foot guard scored 16 points in the period to help the Nuggets stay in it.Iverson scored four straight points to tie the game at 35, but the Blazers went on a 16-4 run to take a 51-39 lead with 2:27 left in the first half.Martin had dunks on three consecutive possessions to try to keep Denver within reach at halftime, but the Blazers’ torrid shooting gave them a 61-49 lead at the break.
Celtics 90, Raptors 77TORONTO – Paul Pierce scored 18 points, Kevin Garnett had 16 and the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to nine games by beating the Toronto Raptors 90-77 on Sunday.Rajon Rondo had 14, Eddie House came off the bench to score 11 and Tony Allen had 10.Atlantic Division-leading Boston (20-2) matched its longest winning streak since March 16-31, 1993.Boston’s only other 20-2 start came en route to the 1963-64 NBA championship.
The Celtics won their second straight game without guard Ray Allen (sore right ankle).Pistons 109, Warriors 87AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points, and Antonio McDyess had 14 points and 11 rebounds in Detroit’s ninth victory in 11 games.Chauncey Billups added 19 points for the Pistons, while Richard Hamilton had 13 points and six assists.Stephen Jackson was the only Warrior to reach double figures, but he scored nine of his 13 points in the first quarter. Golden State’s leading scorer, Baron Davis, finished with two points on 1-of-8 shooting.The Pistons took over with a 28-5 run that consumed most of the second quarter.
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