Camby Rocks in Nuggets Victory
Denver 102, Minnesota 91
DENVER, Nov. 13 (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves came here in search of their first road victory. Thanks to Marcus Camby, they are still looking.
Camby had a huge all-around game to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 102-91 victory over the Timberwolves, who have yet to give first-year coach Dwane Casey a win away from the Target Center.
"Marcus was really good tonight. That was fun to watch," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "He has had three or four games this year where he was a dominant player. When you are playing against Kevin Garnett, that is a pretty impressive performance."
"I was just going out there and trying to play hard," Camby said. "With K-Mart being out tonight I was just trying to step up my level of play and will my team to a victory."
Denver shot 57 percent from the field in the first two quarters to build a 48-41 lead. The Nuggets stretched the lead to 90-73 in the fourth quarter on a basket by Carmelo Anthony, who scored 23 points.
"Coach just wanted us to get up and down the court tonight," Anthony said. "That's what we did and it paid off for us tonight. This was a must-win game. Hopefully this is our turnaround game."
Denver's Earl Boykins provided a spark off the bench with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Martin's absence was not the only change to the lineup as DerMarr Johnson got his first start of the season at shooting guard and responded with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 from the arc.
"If you give him the ball in the corner it's money," Anthony said of Johnson. "He plays good defense out there as well. He's long on defense and he takes the burden off my shoulders by guarding the best players."
Despite 20 points from Wally Szczerbiak and 19 from Garnett, Minnesota fell to 0-3 on the road.
"We obviously have some work to do," Szczerbiak said. "We just have to start giving a better effort."
Rookie Rashad McCants had 14 points off the bench for Minnesota before being ejected with 4:40 to play after dunking over Camby and taunting him.
"We've taken a step back defensively," Casey said. "Rashad McCants made a dumb play. I told him if he wants to play in a Timberwolves uniform, he isn't going to do those theatrics. There is no place in basketball for taunting."