BOSTON, Dec. 15 (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony
made only one basket in the
fourth quarter, but it was a big one.
Anthony's jumper with 3.6 seconds remaining proved to be the
difference as the Denver Nuggets ended a two-game skid by edging
the Boston Celtics, 100-99.
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It was Denver's first victory at the FleetCenter since November
15, 1996 - spanning seven games - and just the second time the
Nuggets have beaten the Celtics in the last 12 meetings overall.
"I'm was really proud of ours guys and the way they bounced back
after yesterday's game," said Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik, who
watched his team blow an 18-point lead during Tuesday night's
110-102 loss in Philadelphia.
After Paul Pierce
hit two free throws to give the Celtics a
99-98 lead with 10.7 seconds left, Anthony, who had missed his
first four fourth-quarter shots, came off a screen by
, dribbled to the top of the key and nailed the jumper
over 7-footer Mark Blount.
"My teammates know that I want the ball in those situations,"
Anthony said. "Once I saw Mark Blount
and he didn't step up, I
knew I had to take the shot; I was too wide open. They had been
double-teaming me and trapping me the whole game and I was so
The Celtics saw the play as a defensive breakdown.
"We told them what was coming and we didn't execute our defense
very well," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said. "That's
Anthony led a starting frontcourt that each recorded
double-doubles. The second-year forward had 25 points and 10
rebounds, Martin collected 18 and 11 and Marcus Camby
16 and 11.
Pierce, who beat Portland with a buzzer shot on November 10, had
a chance to win the game at the end. The All-Star took the
inbound pass from Ricky Davis
made one move towards the basket
then faded away with Andre Miller
in his face and saw his shot
near the 3-point line hit the back of the rim as time expired.
"You're forced into a shot with only three seconds left," said
Pierce, who scored 31 points but only two in the fourth quarter.
"If you look to pass, you're going to lose. I got the ball
where I wanted it I just missed it."
"He wasn't driving to the hoop," Miller said. "I wasn't letting
him. I was trying to keep him in front of me and not bail him
One game after scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter of a
134-127 double-overtime win over the Clippers, Ricky Davis again
carried the Celtics down the stretch, scoring 13 of his 18
points in the final 12 minutes.
Davis pulled the Celtics within 98-95 on a layup with 1:07 left
and Gary Payton
knocked down a pair of free throws with 35
seconds remaining, making it a one-point game. Anthony missed an
eight-footer with Davis in his face before Pierce's late free