DENVER, March 30 (Ticker) --
Late March is rookie Carmelo Anthony's
of the year and the 19-year old is putting the Denver Nuggets on
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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
hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 to play that put Denver
up, 117-113. Following a basket by Vitaly Potapenko
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."
scored 26 points and Ray Allen
added 24 for the
Sonics (34-40), who made 12 3-pointers for the second straighT
Seattle is four games out of the final playoff spot with seven
of their eight remaining games against teams in playoff
"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
"It was like a pick-up game out there," Nuggets guard
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
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."