Nuggets Send Knicks Home With Loss
Denver 95, New York 86
DENVER, Nov. 18 (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony and Marcus Camby combined to send the New York Knicks home on a sour note.
Anthony scored 25 points and Camby collected 20 and 13 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 95-86 victory over the struggling Knicks.
"It's been typical of us to turn over the ball," Knicks coach Larry Brown said. "We shot just 60 percent from the free-throw line and the turnovers are consistent with us."
"On this road trip, we won two games and we still have to play a lot better," said New York point guard Stephon Marbury, who collected nine points and nine assists in 31 minutes. "It's frustrating to lose, period. We probably took a step backwards tonight, but things will get better."
Jamal Crawford, who scored 17 points, gave the Knicks a 56-55 lead with 9:29 left in the third quarter. However, Anthony responded with six points during a 12-2 run that gave Denver the lead for good.
"I still think I'm trying to find my shot a little bit," said Anthony, who was 8-of-15 from the field. "I take what the defense gives me, take the easy shot and get out in the open court and run. It was the the first time all year I haven't seen a double-team. I had to take advantage of it."
Sloppy play by the Knicks helped the Nuggets build their largest lead of 88-73 when Andre Miller hit a layup with 4:41 remaining. Miller finished with 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
Rookie Channing Frye, who collected a season-high 22 points and eight rebounds, led a charge that helped New York get back in the game. Crawford hit a 3-pointer to make it 91-84 with 1:53 to go.
"We just have to be winners, no matter what it takes," Frye said. "You know we all want to get better everyday. I know that the young guys know that and the vets know that in order to get better, we have to give it 110 percent."
Crawford had a chance to shave the deficit to five points 20 seconds later but missed consecutive free throws. Miller raced to the other end and connected on a reverse layup to seal the win.
"We had a chance at the end," Brown lamented. "We could have cut the lead to (five) points with 1:30 left."
New York got solid efforts from two other rookies, Nate Robinson and David Lee. The diminutive Robinson scored 14 points and Lee added 11 rebounds, seven on the offensive glass.
"Our young kids will make mistakes, but it will come with effort," Brown said. "They tried to do the right things. We have six young ones. This group never gives up."
Knicks starting center Eddy Curry left the game after just six minutes because of a sore left calf. He will be re-evaluated when the team gets back to New York.