DENVER, March 30 (Ticker) -- Late March is rookie Carmelo Anthony's time of the year and the 19-year old is putting the Denver Nuggets on his back.

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Anthony scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Nuggets over the Seattle SuperSonics, 124-119, in a contest that featured plenty of good shooting and little defense.

The 6-8 rookie started out red-hot, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and finishing 19-of-29 for the game. Anthony, who led Syracuse to the National Championship last March, had just four in the final quarter, but hit a big jumper that iced the game.

Earl Boykins hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 to play that put Denver up, 117-113. Following a basket by Vitaly Potapenko, Anthony buried a 19-footer with 41 seconds remaining.

"I knew that we really need this game. Our backs were against the wall," Anthony said. "I felt good tonight."

Denver made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 21 seconds to lock up the victory.

Denver (39-37) moved back into a virtual tie with idle Utah (38-36) in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Nuggets, which earned a split in the four-game season series, had a season high in points on 51 percent shooting (46-of-91), but the SuperSonics nearly matched them (45-of-90).

"One hundred nineteen points should be enough to win game," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "Defense is something we need to improve on."

Rashard Lewis scored 26 points and Ray Allen added 24 for the Sonics (34-40), who made 12 3-pointers for the second straighT game.

Seattle is four games out of the final playoff spot with seven of their eight remaining games against teams in playoff contention.

"We tried to outshoot them, but when it comes down to it we didn't get any stops," Allen said. "Carmelo was in the right place and players found him and he knocked the shots down."

Denver, which had six players in double figures, led, 69-67, after a furious-paced first half. It came out of intermission with a 10-2 spurt to distance itself, but Seattle would not go away.

"It was like a pick-up game out there," Nuggets guard Andre Miller said. "It was a fun game to be in. Both teams were shooting the ball well."

Miller rebounded from a poor 1-for-15 shooting performance in Saturday night's loss to Utah with 14 points, nine rebounds and a season-high 16 assists.

"I could see how (Miller) was after the Utah game," Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "He was driven to have a good game tonight."

The Nuggets have won four straight home games and have two days off before hosting Houston on Friday night.

"I think we played terrific the whole game," Anthony said. "Hopefully we can carry that through to the next game."