Martin, Anthony Help Nuggets Snap Skid
Denver 120, Boston 110
DENVER, Jan. 2 (Ticker) -- Kenyon Martin and Carmelo Anthony had had enough losing.
Martin scored 24 points and Anthony added 23 as the Denver Nuggets ended their three-game slide with a 120-110 triumph over the Boston Celtics, who finished their five-game road trip.
"I'm just glad we got the win," said Anthony, who has scored at least 20 points in 16 straight contests. "Hopefully we can start this year off right. We can take this game and gain a lot of confidence off of this."
Denver built a 58-53 lead at intermission and added to its advantage with an 11-4 surge to open the third quarter. Martin contributed four points during the stretch.
"I was just trying to be aggressive early," said Martin, who made 10-of-15 shots. "Hopefully I can keep it going. I'm going to keep working on my game and keep on doing the same things I've been doing to get to this point."
"We got a big-time game out of Kenyon tonight," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "His ability to score around the basket and power the ball to the basket gave us a great presence."
Anthony's layup with 10 minutes remaining gave the Nuggets a commanding 101-81 lead. The Celtics got no closer than 11 points thereafter.
Miller registered his 11th double-double with 20 points and 14 assists and Earl Boykins scored 18 points for Denver, which shot 52 percent (41-of-78) from the field.
"Andre had an incredibly good floor game," Karl said. "The pace and the aggressiveness had a great feel to it."
Paul Pierce scored 29 points and Delonte West added a career-high 20 for the Celtics, who shot 50 percent (40-of-79) but committed 18 turnovers.
"We're shooting over 50 percent but we need to keep our turnovers down," Pierce said. "I think we're allowing the most points off turnovers in the league. Our offense is good but it can be our worst enemy at times."
Boston, which has lost three in a row to the Nuggets, went 1-4 on its trip and dropped to just 3-12 away from home.
"It's a disappointing road trip but it's something we'll deal with," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought some of our guys came with a great effort and some of them had their luggage in their minds already on the plane. It's been a long trip."
Boykins' 3-pointer with 9:09 remaining in the second quarter gave the Nuggets the lead for good at 38-36 and was part of a 16-5 run that bridged the first and second quarters.