DENVER, April 24 (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony, Andre Miller and the Denver Nuggets ran the Minnesota Timberwolves ragged in the Mile High City.

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Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Miller added 17, seven and six assists to lead the Nuggets to a 107-86 triumph over the Timberwolves in Game Three of their Western Conference first-round series.

Carmelo Anthony recorded a double-double to the delight of the home fans in Game 3.
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Marcus Camby chipped in 12 points and 16 rebounds for Denver, which lost by 14 points in each of the first two contests in the best-of-seven series but never trailed in this one.

"The difference was that we got up here in the altitude and ran. Home court is a good thing," Camby said. "I don't think our guys are nervous anymore, we're playing loose and having fun."

"The game was fun tonight. I play my best when I am having fun," Anthony added. "The first two games, I was too analytical. Tonight we played our game. It is a series now. We knew we had our backs against the wall."

It was the Nuggets' first playoff victory since winning Game Six of the 1994 conference semifinals against Utah. Denver lost Game Seven of that series, was swept in three games by San Antonio the following year and missed the playoffs the next eight seasons.

"Denver has a great tradition and a great history," Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "It's been dormant for a couple of years, but we're going to rekindle that. ... We knew our fans would be there for us and we wanted be there for our fans."

The Nuggets jumped out to a 23-6 lead, had a 30-18 cushion after one quarter and a 54-41 advantage at halftime. Minnesota pulled within 67-59 on a 3-pointer by Latrell Sprewell with 6:24 left in the third quarter before Denver embarked on an 11-0 run over the next 3:12 to effectively put away the game.

"Denver is a great first-quarter team," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We made about three different runs but couldn't get over the hump. They did a very good job, they made us play out of character. Their whole team played with energy at home."

Sprewell scored 25 points and Kevin Garnett collected 24, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Timberwolves, who had won 11 straight games since a road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on March 26.

"We didn't play well," Sprewell said. "If we defend, they don't score 100 points. They were energetic and aggressive. We have to make some adjustments. We would like to get them down early (in Game Four) on Tuesday, but that is easier said than done."

"We felt like we didn't do anything right tonight, we felt out of sync," Garnett added. "Our plan was to take the crowd out of the game early, but that just didn't happen."

Denver dominated Minnesota on the glass, 53-36, holding a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds, and handed out 29 assists.

"Our goal tonight was to compete with passion, togetherness," Bzdelik said. "We did a good job tonight. Everybody played very well. I like the fact that we had a lot of assists."

"Denver should have confidence," Saunders said. "They manhandled us. They outrebounded us. ... We were in a Catch-22 situation - we didn't do anything defensively, but we couldn't do anything on offense, either."