íMelo Scores 37 to Lead Denver to Sixth Straight
Denver 107, Toronto 101
DENVER, Jan. 23 (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony put on his running shoes against the Toronto Raptors.
Anthony scored 37 points and Kenyon Martin added 25 as the Denver Nuggets raced to their season-high sixth straight win, a 107-101 victory over the Raptors.
Andre Miller capped the run with a layup on the break, making it 63-56 with eight minutes left in the quarter.
A little more than three minutes later, Anthony's breakaway dunk gave Denver a 71-60 lead.
"Carmelo was incredible," Denver coach George Karl said. "It shows that when he makes his jump shot he's very difficult, if not impossible, to cover."
Anthony, who said he had a sore throat after the game and did not speak with the media, made 13-of-16 shots and was the main reason the Nuggets were able to compile 36 fast-break points.
"We talked about it this morning, before the game and at halftime that you have to take care of their fast-break baskets," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "When our guys get in the half court, they have to turn and look for the ball. I guess the altitude kept us from thinking."
"We gave them way too many fast-break points and that was the difference in the game," Toronto guard Jalen Rose said. "The bottom line is we just didn't get it done."
The Raptors drew within 81-77 on a pair of free throws by Pape Sow with 10:26 remaining, but Martin answered with two from the line to start a 15-4 burst. Martin added six more points before Earl Boykins, who scored the other seven during the spurt, capped the run with a three-point play to push Denver's edge to 96-81 with just under five minutes to play.
Boykins finished with 16 points Miller handed out 11 assists for the Nuggets, who improved to 10-2 in January.
"We've been playing well, coming out and running and being aggressive as unit and getting it done, " said Martin, who grabbed 12 rebounds. "Hopefully we can keep it going for the rest of the season."
"You have to tip your hats off to these guys to do this without Marcus (Camby) and some other players earlier in the month," Karl said. "Seems like we're growing, progressing and getting better. A coach can't complain about any of those things."
Mike James scored 22 points, Rose added 21 and Chris Bosh collected 18 and seven rebounds for Toronto, which wrapped up a 1-4 road trip.
"Fatigue will make a coward of all of us and I'm not going to let that be an excuse," Rose said. "The bottom line is they played better than us for four quarters."