Anthony Scores 32, Nuggets Beat Wolves
Denver 106, Minnesota 94
DENVER, March 31 (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets kept the Minnesota Timberwolves reeling on the road.
Anthony scored 32 points as the Nuggets posted a 106-94 victory over the Timberwolves, who have lost 11 straight road contests.
After trailing, 76-70, late in the third quarter, the Nuggets bridged the final two periods with a 9-0 run, capped by Reggie Evans' dunk that made it 79-76 with 10:52 to go.
The burst was highlighted by Miller's block on a dunk attempt by Ricky Davis, which led to a Greg Buckner 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in the third quarter.
"After that blocked shot, we got a lot of energy and got the crowd into it," Miller said. "We made defensive stops, got the ball in transition and scored. With our defense we were able to get it done."
"That was a momentum shifter," said Davis, who scored 21 points. "We were still in the game when they made their run. We kind of just laid down and let them get away with what they wanted in the fourth quarter."
The teams traded baskets until Denver used an 12-4 surge to take control of the game, with Anthony's three-point play building a 93-83 lead with 4:41 left.
"In the second half (Denver) came in and established the tempo of the game and the way they were going to play," Minnesota coach Dwane Casey said. "They were more physical than we were. We had a six-point lead and took some ill-advised shots. We have to be more disciplined down the stretch, especially on the road."
Things got heated in the final 4 1/2 minutes, as three technical fouls were handed out and two players were ejected. Nuggets guard Ruben Patterson, who scored 14 points, picked up his second technical of the game with 4:24 remaining and Minnesota forward Justin Reed was ejected with seven seconds to go.
"Both teams started playing more aggressive and as a result a couple of people got thrown out of the game," Anthony said. "We kept fighting and weren't going to back down. (The aggression) was in a good way and nothing personal. We weren't intending to come into this game and start something with the Timberwolves."
"This was as intense a game as we've had all season long," Denver coach George Karl said. "There is an intensity between these two teams as a result of the playoff series a few years ago."
Kenyon Martin added 11 points for Denver, which won the season series from Minnesota for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign - Kevin Garnett's rookie season.
Garnett collected 22 points, 16 rebounds, seven blocks and seven assists for Minnesota (30-42), which clinched its first losing record since the 1996-97 season.
"Everybody from A to Z has to be ready to play," Garnett said. "It's a group effort. We win together and we lose together. We have leads and then give them up in the fourth. There's no excuse."