Anthony Leads Nuggets Past Sonics in OT
Denver 120, Seattle 112 (OT)
SEATTLE, Feb. 12 (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony may not be an All-Star, but he's playing like one.
Anthony scored eight of his 33 points in overtime as the Denver Nuggets battled their way to a 120-112 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.
Anthony gave the Nuggets the lead for good in the extra session by driving down the lane for a one-handed dunk with 3:01 remaining for a 106-104 advantage. The third-year small forward then went 6-of-6 from the free-throw line the rest of the way.
"Melo (Carmelo) got us the lead," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "We ran some pick-and-rolls to get some big guys on him and instead of pulling up for a jump shot, he penetrated the ball and got some fouls. I thought that was key."
"I took what they were giving me," said Anthony, who made 9-of-21 shots and 15-of-17 free throws. "I got a chance to get to the basket and get fouled."
Anthony denied that the All-Star snub gave him any extra incentive.
"I caught fire after losing seven straight games," Anthony said. "That was tough. We wanted to finish these last couple of games off strong."
Andre Miller offered Anthony some help, scoring seven of his 21 points in overtime, including a turnaround jumper with 48 seconds remaining that gave the Nuggets a 112-106 lead.
Kenyon Martin also had his second straight big game with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who stopped a four-game road losing streak.
Denver also built on Friday's 113-104 victory over Dallas that snapped the NBA's longest winning streak of the season at 13 games.
"Hopefully, we can build off our win against Dallas," Anthony said. "We're just looking for confidence right now."
The Nuggets converted 23 turnovers by the Sonics into 28 points.
Ray Allen made eight 3-pointers and scored 34 points to pace the Sonics, who battled back from an 80-74 deficit after three quarters.
Allen drilled two shots from the arc and Vladimir Radmanovic also connected from long range in an 11-3 run to start the fourth quarter, giving the Sonics the lead.
A jumper by Allen, who made 10-of-20 shots, provided a 92-87 advantage with 5:38 to play in regulation.
But Martin scored five points and Anthony made four free throws as the Nuggets battled back to take a 97-96 lead with 2:39 remaining.
Damien Wilkins, who started in place of injured forward Rashard Lewis (bruised right thigh), sank a jumper with 10 seconds left, tying the game at 102-102. Wilkins finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Greg Buckner had a chance to win it for the Nuggets but his 3-pointer rattled out as time expired.
Earl Boykins added 11 points for the Nuggets, who shot 49 percent (41-of-84) and made 34-of-40 free throws. The Sonics went 17-of-20 at the line.
Lewis was injured in Friday's win over Atlanta and is listed as day-to-day.
"We should have won that game with Rashard or without Rashard," Sonics coach Bob Hill said. "We couldn't keep them off the foul line. It was hard to explain but I didn't think we had any presence in there tonight. We never got into any rhythm offensively."