SAN ANTONIO, March 12 (Ticker) --
The San Antonio Spurs kept missing,
which allowed the Denver Nuggets to keep winning.
The shorthanded Spurs missed their last six shots and the
Nuggets capitalized with a late surge for a 90-87 victory, their
eighth straight win.
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scored 23 points and Carmelo Anthony
added 21 for
the Nuggets, the only NBA team yet to lose since last month's
All-Star break. Denver improved to 15-4 under coach
and handed San Antonio a rare home loss.
"It's a big win for us," Anthony said. "A big road win. This
win builds confidence. We never gave up. We were down the
whole game but stuck with it. Winning here is not easy. I
think they have lost only three here all year. It's nice that
one of those losses is us."
Playing without injured All-Stars Tim Duncan
and Manu Ginobili
for the second straight game, the Spurs used a flurry of
3-pointers to build a 79-70 lead early in the final period.
The lead was still 87-80 with 3:28 to play after a 15-footer by
, who scored 25 points. But San Antonio did not
score again as Denver closed with a 10-0 run fueled by Anthony,
and Eduardo Najera
Jumpers by Martin and Anthony sandwiched a pair of free throws
by Miller to cut the deficit to 87-86. Miller split a pair from
the line to tie it with 1:14 remaining.
missed a jumper that was rebounded by Najera. At
the other end, he grabbed a miss by Anthony and was fouled,
sinking 1-of-2 to give the Nuggets the lead for good with 30
"This is why they traded for me," Najera said. "My game is
rebounds and fighting under the basket. These things got us
back into the game and into the lead. We won this one ugly but
it doesn't matter how."
threw away a pass and Anthony sank two foul shots
for a 90-87 edge with 17 seconds to play. Parker dribbled away
most of the clock before missing a 3-pointer before the horn.
"That last possession was meant to go to Robert Horry to catch
and find Brent Barry for three," Parker said. "It was just a bad
play. There was only one option, so when that was dead, I had
to do something with the ball."
Miller scored 14 points for the Nuggets (32-29), who are riding
their longest winning streak in 15 seasons. They kept pace with
the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final playoff berth
in the Western Conference.
scored 16 points and Devin Brown
added 15 for
the Spurs (47-15), who have lost two in a row for the first time
since December 8-9. San Antonio fell to 28-3 at home and into
a tie with Phoenix for the league's best record.
"It was a great effort by everyone," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich
said. "The guys played well enough to win the basketball game. I
was proud of the effort and hustle all night."