DENVER, March 16 (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony
was playing the perfect
opponent to rebound from a pair of poor shooting games.
Anthony scored 25 points to lead seven players in double figures
as the Denver Nuggets cruised to a 120-101 rout of the reeling
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In his last two games, Anthony struggled from the floor, making
just 6-of-27 shots. He went 2-of-10 and was benched in the
second half of Sunday's 106-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns, who
are the NBA's highest-scoring team.
Anthony had few problems against the defensively challenged
Bobcats, who have allowed an average of 117 points in their last
four games. The star forward made all four of his shots in the
first quarter and was 6-of-7 before halftime as the Nuggets
built a 62-47 lead.
"I tried to get it going early," Anthony said. "I just went out
there to play basketball and help my team win."
"I thought Carmelo came out really into the game," Nuggets coach
said. "He really got us going with some easy
baskets. I just want him to learn to get half of his shots in
the rhythm of the game and on his own. He's getting better at
had 14 assists and Earl Boykins
11 for the Nuggets,
who had an NBA season-high 40 assists on their 46 baskets.
"The guys made their shots," Boykins said. "It wasn't anything
different that Andre and I were doing."
Led by Anthony's 10-of-16 shooting, Denver shot a season-high 54
percent (46-of-85) and held a 47-37 rebounding advantage.
"Our point guards passed the ball fantastically," said Karl, who
improved to 16-5 since taking over the team in late January.
"It was the best tempo we've had. I think they're getting a good
feel for attacking the defense and making the easy basketball
and DerMarr Johnson
each added 14 points for
Denver, which won for the ninth time in 10 games. The win also
avenged last month's 94-88 loss at Charlotte.
scored 19 points and rookie Emeka Okafor
for the expansion Bobcats, who lost their eighth straight game
and joined Atlanta as a 50-loss team.
"We're scoring a lot points but were not stopping anybody,"
Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff
said. "We're basically
conceding shots and guys are making them. Denver did exactly
what they are supposed to do, they pushed the basketball and
The Bobcats, who fell to 2-29 on the road, trailed by least 10
points and by as many as 28 in the second half.
Denver, which improved to 12-1 against the Eastern Conference,
moved one game in front of the Los Angeles Lakers for the final
playoff spot in the West.
"We're fortunate enough to be in this position with all of the
changes and things that have been going on this year," Miller
said. "There's some competitive teams right there, so if we can
stay competitive then anything can happen."