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Nuggets lose Billups to injury in victory over Rockets


By Michael Kelly, for NBA.com
Posted Thursday December 17, 2009 1:44AM

DENVER (NBA.com exclusive) -- The Nuggets are happy to be heading on the road on a winning note, but their celebration was tempered with the loss of Chauncey Billups.

Denver beat the Rockets 111-101 on Wednesday night, but it came at a price. Billups, their All-Star point guard, left the game with a strained left groin with 9:06 left in the third quarter and didn't return.

Billups left Pepsi Center without talking to the media, and the Nuggets said he was getting a precautionary MRI done on his groin muscle.

"I got the feeling it wasn't going to be that long," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "The feeling I got was a couple of games. Probably know a little more tomorrow."

The Rockets, playing the second of back-to-back games, couldn't take advantage of Billups' absence. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 38 points and J.R. Smith had 12 of his 21 points in the second half to help the Nuggets to their third straight win.

It's unlikely the Rockets had any sympathy for the Nuggets. Houston has been hit hard by injuries, but is slowly working one of its superstars back into the rotation. Tracy McGrady, who on Tuesday played in his first game in 10 months, logged 7:35 against the Nuggets but wasn't a factor. He missed his only shot and couldn't keep up with Anthony's quickness when the NBA's leading scorer drove past him, drawing a foul.

"He chose to take him, and I think that's a good test for him to see where he's at," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said.

McGrady, who scored three points in 7:44 of playing time the previous night, is still trying to get his rhythm back.

"He's getting a feel for what he's going to do," Adelman said. "Sometimes with short minutes you don't get an opportunity to do a lot of things. I think that's what it was tonight."

Billups, whose trade early last season was the spark the Nuggets needed to get to the Western Conference finals, missed only two games last year. He could miss Denver's upcoming road games at New Orleans on Friday and Memphis on Sunday.

The Nuggets feel they have capable backups to fill in for Billups. Anthony Carter, who has lost minutes to rookie Ty Lawson, is a strong possibility to start against the Hornets. Even though he has played just 45 minutes in the last 17 games, his teammates are confident in him.

"We showed that tonight," Anthony said. "A.C. is always ready when his number's called. He stepped up to the plate tonight."

Carter, who declined to talk to the media after the game, played all but 34 seconds of the fourth quarter and helped the Nuggets build a 16-point lead with 4:01 left. The Rockets got within seven in the final minute, but with Carter running the show, Denver's lead was never a threat.

"Tonight I played him in the fourth quarter because I thought controlling our offense [was important]," Karl said. "Sometimes when I have Ty, Melo and J.R. on the court I have too many guys who want to shake-and-bake. I wanted control and I was resting Ty."

While Lawson has been getting most of the minutes off the bench, Carter's experience might mean more to Karl when he chooses a starting lineup Friday.

Billups isn't the only Nugget banged up. Nene was seen with ice around his left hand after the game and Kenyon Martin, who is playing with a dislocated left pinkie, got hit twice in the finger and was holding his hand on the bench.

"It happens every game," Martin said. "It hurts the same every time I hit it. The only way around it is if I sit on the bench, and that ain't going to happen."

Billups will probably sit, but even without him the Nuggets are a dangerous team as long as Anthony is on the court. Anthony attacked the basket relentlessly Wednesday and took 20 trips to the foul line, hitting 19 from the stripe.

"They were calling it tonight. It seemed like every time I went to the hole something happened," Anthony said. "That's the way I like it, that's the way we like it. Tonight we took advantage of it."

Rockets
Nuggets
     
    • 44.4%

    • 47.0%

    • 39.3%

    • 58.3%

    • 90.0%

    • 81.2%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
HOU DEN
Total Rebounds 6 7
Offensive Rebounds 10 12
Turnovers 20 12
Fast Break Pts: 17 12
Biggest Lead: 8 16
Points in the Paint: 36 52
HOU DEN
p Brooks   23 Anthony   38
rb Andersen   9 Andersen   11
a Brooks   7 Lawson   6
s 2 players   2 Hilario   3
b Battier   3 Andersen   3
 
  • 10/30 - DEN @ HOU
  • 01/03 - HOU @ DEN
  • 02/07 - HOU @ DEN
  • 02/14 - DEN @ HOU
Houston Rockets (42-40)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
S. Battier F 30:57 4-8 3-5 0-0 +10 1 3 4 4 5 2 0 3 0 11
L. Scola F-C 27:02 4-5 0-0 1-2 -6 1 7 8 1 1 0 1 0 0 9
C. Hayes C-F 20:06 2-7 0-0 0-0 +5 2 5 7 1 3 0 2 0 0 4
T. Ariza G 34:30 7-18 1-8 3-3 -15 2 6 8 4 3 1 3 0 2 18
A. Brooks G 30:12 7-15 3-6 6-7 +1 0 1 1 7 1 1 3 0 1 23
T. McGrady   07:35 0-1 0-1 0-0 -10 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
C. Landry   27:19 5-10 0-0 2-2 -14 3 3 6 0 5 1 4 1 2 12
K. Lowry   26:33 0-2 0-1 2-2 -9 1 1 2 6 1 2 3 0 0 2
C. Budinger   13:38 0-4 0-2 2-2 -6 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 1 1 2
D. Andersen   20:58 6-8 3-4 2-2 -4 0 9 9 0 2 0 2 0 0 17
B. Cook   00:35 1-2 1-1 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
J. Taylor   00:35 0-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total   240 36-81 11-28 18-20   10 35 45 24 27 7 20 5 7 101
  44.4% 39.3% 90.0%   team rebs: 6 total to: 21
Denver Nuggets (53-29)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C. Anthony F 43:27 9-23 1-1 19-20 +12 3 6 9 3 3 1 2 1 1 38
K. Martin F 33:44 4-11 1-2 0-0 +7 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 2 1 9
N. Hilario C 31:31 4-8 0-0 1-2 -1 1 3 4 0 4 3 2 1 0 9
A. Afflalo G 18:55 1-4 0-0 0-0 -13 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2
C. Billups G 19:36 5-8 2-3 3-3 +3 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 15
J. Smith   28:53 9-14 2-5 1-3 +16 0 3 3 3 3 2 2 0 0 21
C. Andersen   26:58 1-2 0-0 2-4 +13 2 9 11 0 5 0 1 3 0 4
T. Lawson   21:43 3-8 0-0 0-0 +9 3 0 3 6 1 2 1 0 2 6
M. Allen   03:47 1-1 0-0 0-0 +1 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
A. Carter   11:26 2-4 1-1 0-0 +3 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 5
R. Balkman DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Graham DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 39-83 7-12 26-32   12 27 39 18 22 10 12 7 5 111
  47.0% 58.3% 81.2%   team rebs: 7 total to: 13

inactive

  • Rockets: Dorsey, Yao
  • Nuggets: Petro

technical fouls

  • Rockets: Landry
  • Nuggets: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 1
  • Times Tied: 8

arena stats

  • Arena: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  • Officials: #49 Tom Washington, #38 Michael Smith, #77 Kane Fitzgerald
  • Attendance: 15753
  • Duration: 2:14
Houston Rockets (20-15) Denver Nuggets (22-13)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Hilario vs Scola (Billups gains possession)
  11:42 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
  11:41 Hilario Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  11:37 Billups 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brooks Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:36  
Brooks Layup Shot: Missed  11:32  
Battier Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  11:30  
Battier Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:30
[HOU 2-0]
 
  11:06 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
  11:05 Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Hayes Foul : Personal (1 PF)  10:53  
  10:38 Martin Running Bank shot: Missed 
Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:37  
Brooks Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Billups (1 ST)  10:35  
  10:23 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:23  
Ariza Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed Block: Hilario (1 BLK)  09:58  
  09:57 Hilario Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:52
[DEN 2-2]
Afflalo Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Billups (1 AST) 
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  09:27  
  09:26 Team Rebound 
  09:09 Hilario Layup Shot: Missed 
Battier Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  09:08  
Hayes Driving Layup Shot: Missed  08:56  
Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:55  
Ariza Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:55
[HOU 4-2]
 
  08:31 Billups Jump Shot: Missed 
Hayes Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:30  
  08:30 Billups Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Hayes Jump Shot: Missed  08:04  
  08:04 Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:56 Hilario Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Hayes Floating Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST)  07:40
[HOU 6-2]
 
  07:27 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:26 Anthony Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:25
[DEN 4-6]
Anthony Putback Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Hayes Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Battier (1 AST)  07:01
[HOU 8-4]
 
  06:44 Anthony Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Hayes Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:42  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Brooks (1 AST)  06:34
[HOU 11-4]
 
  06:19
[DEN 7-11]
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
Scola Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brooks (2 AST)  06:08
[HOU 13-7]
 
Brooks Foul : Personal (1 PF)  05:59  
  05:59 Team Timeout : Regular 
Battier Substitution replaced by McGrady  05:59  
  05:51 Hilario Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  05:51 Hilario Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Martin Violation:Kicked Ball  05:41  
Scola Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Hayes (1 AST)  05:30
[HOU 15-7]
 
  05:10
[DEN 9-15]
Martin Jump Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Brooks Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST)  04:54
[HOU 17-9]
 
McGrady Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  04:42  
  04:42
[DEN 10-17]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  04:42 Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith 
  04:42
[DEN 11-17]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Ariza Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  04:22
[HOU 19-11]
 
  04:11 Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Hayes Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:09  
Ariza Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST)  04:01  
  03:51
[DEN 13-19]
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Billups (2 AST) 
Hayes Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  03:51  
  03:51 Hilario Substitution replaced by Andersen 
Hayes Substitution replaced by Landry  03:51  
  03:51
[DEN 14-19]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
McGrady Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Anthony (1 ST)  03:33  
  03:27
[DEN 16-19]
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Billups (3 AST) 
  03:26 Team Violation : Delay Of Game 
Brooks Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  03:11  
  02:55 Martin Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Landry (1 BLK) 
  02:53 Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  02:51
[DEN 18-19]
Andersen Slam Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Landry Jump Shot: Missed  02:35  
  02:34 Anthony Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Ariza Foul : Personal (1 PF)  02:30  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:30  
Brooks Substitution replaced by Lowry  02:30  
  02:30
[DEN 19-19]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  02:30
[DEN 20-19]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  02:16 Smith Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Landry Layup Shot: Missed Block: Martin (1 BLK)  02:08  
  02:06 Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:02
[DEN 22-19]
Billups Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Ariza Jump Shot: Missed  01:33  
Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  01:32  
Scola Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  01:30
[HOU 21-22]
 
  01:04
[DEN 25-21]
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Anthony (1 AST) 
McGrady 3pt Shot: Missed  00:41.9  
  00:40.9 Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:29.9 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:28.7  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  00:18.9  
  00:18.2 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:03.0 Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
  00:03.0 Billups Substitution replaced by Lawson 
End of 1st Quarter
Houston Rockets (20-15) Denver Nuggets (22-13)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:49 Andersen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  11:37 Andersen Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Landry Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  11:37
[HOU 22-25]
 
Landry Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  11:37
[HOU 23-25]
 
  11:22
[DEN 27-23]
Smith Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Landry Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Lowry (1 AST)  11:16
[HOU 25-27]
 
  11:01 Andersen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Lowry (1 ST) 
Landry Layup Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (1 BLK)  10:51  
  10:50 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:38 Smith Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  10:37 Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
Andersen Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  10:24  
McGrady Substitution replaced by Battier  10:24  
  10:24 Martin Substitution replaced by Hilario 
  10:24
[DEN 28-25]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  10:24
[DEN 29-25]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Landry Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS)  10:06
[HOU 27-29]
 
  10:03
[DEN 31-27]
Smith Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Lawson (1 AST) 
Budinger Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  10:03  
  10:03 Smith Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:01  
Landry Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Budinger (1 AST)  09:46
[HOU 29-31]
 
  09:30 Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Landry (1 ST) 
Lowry Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST)  09:26  
  09:15
[DEN 33-29]
Lawson Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Battier Jump Shot: Missed  09:01  
  09:01 Anthony Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  08:44 Anthony Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  08:44 Anthony Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Timeout : Official  08:44  
  08:44 Anthony Substitution replaced by Afflalo 
Andersen 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Lowry (2 AST)  08:29
[HOU 32-33]
 
  08:15
[DEN 35-32]
Hilario Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Lawson (2 AST) 
Budinger Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Lawson (1 ST)  08:06  
  08:00 Afflalo Layup Shot: Missed Block: Battier (1 BLK) 
  07:59 Lawson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:58 Lawson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Battier (2 BLK) 
  07:57 Lawson Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  07:56 Lawson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Budinger (1 BLK) 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:55  
  07:55 Afflalo Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  07:45 Afflalo Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Lowry Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:45
[HOU 33-35]
 
Lowry Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  07:45
[HOU 34-35]
 
Andersen Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  07:35  
  07:35
[DEN 36-34]
Hilario Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  07:35 Hilario Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:33  
Andersen Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  07:21  
  07:03 Smith Jump Shot: Missed 
Lowry Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:02  
Andersen Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Lowry (3 AST)  06:56
[HOU 36-36]
 
  06:41
[DEN 38-36]
Hilario Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Lawson (3 AST) 
Budinger Jump Shot: Missed  06:14  
  06:13 Hilario Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  06:03
[DEN 40-36]
Smith Floating Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Budinger 3pt Shot: Missed  05:39  
Team Rebound  05:39  
  05:39 Hilario Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
  05:39 Team Timeout : Regular 
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  05:39
[HOU 37-40]
 
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  05:39
[HOU 38-40]
 
  05:26 Hilario Jump Shot: Missed 
Battier Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:25  
Andersen Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Lowry (4 AST)  05:13
[HOU 40-40]
 
  04:50
[DEN 42-40]
Lawson Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Lowry Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  04:45  
  04:45 Smith Substitution replaced by Billups 
  04:45 Andersen Substitution replaced by Martin 
Battier Substitution replaced by Ariza  04:45  
  04:27 Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  04:26  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  04:11  
Team Rebound  04:11  
  04:11 Afflalo Substitution replaced by Anthony 
  04:11 Anthony Foul : Inbound (2 PF) 
Budinger Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  04:11
[HOU 41-42]
 
Budinger Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  04:11
[HOU 42-42]
 
  03:54
[DEN 44-42]
Billups Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Ariza Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS)  03:45
[HOU 44-44]
 
  03:32 Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:31 Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  03:29
[DEN 46-44]
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Budinger 3pt Shot: Missed  03:19  
  03:18 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:07
[DEN 48-44]
Billups Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Budinger Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  03:07  
Budinger Substitution replaced by Battier  03:07  
  03:07
[DEN 49-44]
Billups Free Throw 1 of 1 (10 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:02  
Landry Substitution replaced by Scola  03:02  
Lowry Substitution replaced by Hayes  03:02  
Andersen Substitution replaced by Brooks  03:02  
Hayes Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  02:57  
Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  02:56  
Ariza Tip Shot: Made (11 PTS)  02:56
[HOU 46-49]
 
  02:41 Battier Violation:Kicked Ball 
  02:35 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:33 Lawson Rebound (Off:3 Def:0) 
  02:28
[DEN 52-46]
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Lawson (4 AST) 
Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed  02:18  
  02:17 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Ariza Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  02:13  
  02:13
[DEN 53-46]
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  02:13
[DEN 54-46]
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
Scola Jump Shot: Missed  01:49  
  01:48 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  01:36 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  01:34  
Battier 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Brooks (3 AST)  01:23
[HOU 49-54]
 
Battier Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  01:11  
  01:11
[DEN 55-49]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS) 
  01:11 Hilario Substitution replaced by Andersen 
  01:11
[DEN 56-49]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS) 
  00:55.3 Andersen Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:55.3
[HOU 50-56]
 
  00:55.3 Andersen Substitution replaced by Allen 
Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  00:55.3
[HOU 51-56]
 
  00:45.2
[DEN 58-51]
Lawson Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Battier Layup Shot: Missed  00:19.9  
Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  00:17.9  
Hayes Tip Shot: Missed  00:17.9  
  00:16.9 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:02.4 Lawson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Brooks (1 ST) 
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.2  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Quarter
Houston Rockets (20-15) Denver Nuggets (22-13)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Hayes Layup Shot: Missed  11:46  
Hayes Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  11:44  
Battier 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Scola (1 AST)  11:38
[HOU 54-58]
 
  11:13 Hilario Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  11:13  
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS)  11:05
[HOU 57-58]
 
  10:48 Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed 
  10:47 Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  10:46
[DEN 60-57]
Martin Putback Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  10:22  
Hayes Foul : Personal (3 PF)  10:03  
  09:56 Billups Jump Shot: Missed 
Hayes Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  09:55  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  09:48  
  09:47 Hilario Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  09:38 Afflalo Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Battier (1 ST) 
Brooks Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  09:33
[HOU 59-60]
 
  09:15 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  09:14  
Brooks Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Hilario (1 ST)  09:08  
Scola Foul : Personal (1 PF)  09:06  
  09:06 Billups Substitution replaced by Lawson 
  08:58 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:57  
Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed  08:41  
  08:39 Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  08:28 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  08:27  
  08:22 Lawson Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Hilario (2 ST)  08:20  
  08:16 Hilario Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Battier Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:14  
Hayes Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  07:58  
  07:45
[DEN 62-59]
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Martin (1 AST) 
  07:33 Hilario Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Brooks Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  07:33  
Team Rebound  07:33  
Brooks Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  07:33
[HOU 60-62]
 
  07:20 Martin Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Battier (2 ST) 
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Battier (2 AST)  07:14
[HOU 62-62]
 
  06:49
[DEN 64-62]
Hilario Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Ariza Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO)  06:35  
  06:23
[DEN 66-62]
Martin Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Lawson (5 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:23  
Battier 3pt Shot: Missed  06:00  
  05:59 Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  05:53 Lawson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Hayes Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  05:51  
  05:42 Martin Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Battier (3 AST)  05:33
[HOU 65-66]
 
Battier Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:18  
  05:18
[DEN 67-65]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS) 
  05:18 Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  05:17  
  04:56 Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith 
Jump Ball Hilario vs Scola (Anthony gains possession)  04:56  
Scola Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Hilario (3 ST)  04:56  
  04:50
[DEN 69-65]
Smith Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Anthony (2 AST) 
Battier 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Brooks (4 AST)  04:23
[HOU 68-69]
 
  04:09
[DEN 71-68]
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) 
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Brooks (5 AST)  04:04
[HOU 70-71]
 
  04:04 Anthony Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 1 (18 PTS)  04:04
[HOU 71-71]
 
  03:53
[DEN 73-71]
Hilario Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Lawson (6 AST) 
Hayes Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO)  03:36  
  03:36 Hilario Substitution replaced by Andersen 
  03:26
[DEN 75-71]
Smith Running Bank shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Brooks Layup Shot: Missed  03:20  
  03:17 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Battier Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  03:05  
Battier Substitution replaced by Landry  03:05  
Hayes Substitution replaced by Lowry  03:05  
  03:05
[DEN 76-71]
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  03:05 Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  03:04  
  02:47 Smith Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  02:47 Team Timeout : Regular 
Scola Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:47  
Team Rebound  02:47  
Scola Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  02:47
[HOU 72-76]
 
  02:29
[DEN 79-72]
Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (25 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST) 
Scola Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Brooks (6 AST)  02:14
[HOU 74-79]
 
  01:50
[DEN 82-74]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  01:30  
  01:30 Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  01:24 Lawson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  01:20  
  01:19 Smith Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Brooks Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  01:19
[HOU 75-82]
 
Brooks Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  01:19
[HOU 76-82]
 
Ariza Foul : Personal (3 PF)  01:10  
  01:10
[DEN 83-76]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (26 PTS) 
  01:10
[DEN 84-76]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (27 PTS) 
Brooks Jump Shot: Missed  00:53.9  
  00:53.4 Team Rebound 
Landry Foul : Personal (1 PF)  00:42.0  
  00:42.0 Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:42.0 Team Rebound 
  00:42.0
[DEN 85-76]
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Martin (2 BLK)  00:29.9  
Landry Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  00:27.9  
Brooks Reverse Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS)  00:19.4
[HOU 78-85]
 
  00:02.8 Lawson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Landry Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:02.2  
Landry Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) Steal:Lawson (2 ST)  00:00.3  
End of 3rd Quarter
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  11:43 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  11:42  
Andersen Jump Shot: Missed  11:27  
Landry Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  11:26  
  11:26 Andersen Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
  11:26 Lawson Substitution replaced by Carter 
Lowry Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Carter (1 ST)  11:11  
  11:05 Carter Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  11:05  
  11:05 Hilario Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF) 
Landry Technical  11:05  
  11:05
[DEN 86-78]
Anthony Free Throw Technical (28 PTS) 
Andersen Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  10:54  
  10:46 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  10:45  
Landry Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST)  10:40
[HOU 80-86]
 
Budinger Foul : Personal (3 PF)  10:24  
  10:10
[DEN 88-80]
Carter Floating Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST) 
Landry Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  10:00  
Landry Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  10:00  
Landry Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  09:49  
  09:49 Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  09:49 Team Rebound 
  09:49
[DEN 89-80]
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Ariza Jump Shot: Missed  09:34  
  09:33 Team Rebound 
  09:13 Andersen Layup Shot: Missed 
Landry Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  09:11  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  09:04  
Landry Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  09:03  
Budinger Reverse Layup Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (2 BLK)  09:00  
  08:59 Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
Budinger Foul : Personal (4 PF)  08:58  
  08:58 Timeout : Official 
  08:39 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  08:38  
Landry Foul : Offensive (4 PF)  08:25  
Landry Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  08:25  
  08:04
[DEN 91-80]
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (30 PTS) 
  07:50 Carter Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Budinger Substitution replaced by Battier  07:50  
Battier 3pt Shot: Missed  07:41  
  07:40 Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  07:27
[DEN 93-80]
Smith Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Anthony (3 AST) 
Landry Driving Dunk Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Lowry (5 AST)  07:21
[HOU 82-93]
 
  06:52
[DEN 95-82]
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (32 PTS) Assist: Smith (3 AST) 
Landry Jump Shot: Missed  06:44  
  06:43 Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  06:40 Anthony Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST) 
Andersen Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Ariza (4 AST)  06:33
[HOU 84-95]
 
  06:16
[DEN 97-84]
Smith Floating Jump shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Carter (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:15  
  06:15 Hilario Substitution replaced by Martin 
Ariza Substitution replaced by Brooks  06:15  
Landry Foul : Offensive (5 PF)  06:02  
Landry Turnover : Foul (4 TO)  06:02  
  05:53 Carter Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  05:53 Carter Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Landry Hook Shot: Missed  05:36  
  05:35 Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  05:29 Carter Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  05:27  
Lowry Jump Shot: Missed  05:17  
  05:16 Team Rebound 
  04:57 Martin Driving Hook Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  04:56  
Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed  04:47  
  04:46 Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  04:36 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  04:35  
Lowry 3pt Shot: Missed  04:15  
  04:14 Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  04:01
[DEN 100-84]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS) 
Brooks Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS)  03:49
[HOU 86-100]
 
  03:36 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Landry Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  03:35  
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS)  03:19
[HOU 89-100]
 
  02:58 Martin 3pt Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)  02:57  
  02:52 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:52 Martin Substitution replaced by Allen 
Brooks Layup Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (3 BLK)  02:41  
  02:39 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:20 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:20 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:20
[DEN 102-89]
Allen Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Andersen 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Battier (4 AST)  02:11
[HOU 92-102]
 
  01:47 Anthony Layup Shot: Missed Block: Battier (3 BLK) 
  01:46 Anthony Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  01:45 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Brooks Jump Shot: Missed  01:36  
  01:36 Team Rebound 
Battier Foul : Personal (4 PF)  01:26  
Team Timeout : Regular  01:26  
  01:12
[DEN 105-92]
Carter 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST) 
Andersen 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Brooks (7 AST)  00:58.9
[HOU 95-105]
 
  00:40.9 Smith Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Lowry (2 ST) 
  00:36.8 Andersen Foul : Shooting (5 PF) 
Brooks Free Throw 1 of 3 (21 PTS)  00:36.8
[HOU 96-105]
 
Brooks Free Throw 2 of 3 (22 PTS)  00:36.8
[HOU 97-105]
 
Brooks Free Throw 3 of 3 (23 PTS)  00:36.8
[HOU 98-105]
 
Battier Foul : Personal (5 PF)  00:34.7  
  00:34.7
[DEN 106-98]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (33 PTS) 
  00:34.7
[DEN 107-98]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (34 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:34.7  
Battier Substitution replaced by Cook  00:34.7  
Brooks Substitution replaced by Taylor  00:34.7  
Landry Substitution replaced by Budinger  00:34.7  
Cook 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Lowry (6 AST)  00:29.9
[HOU 101-107]
 
Lowry Foul : Personal (1 PF)  00:28.2  
  00:28.2
[DEN 108-101]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (35 PTS) 
  00:28.2
[DEN 109-101]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (36 PTS) 
Cook Jump Shot: Missed  00:17.9  
  00:16.9 Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
Cook Foul : Personal (1 PF)  00:15.0  
  00:15.0
[DEN 110-101]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (37 PTS) 
  00:15.0
[DEN 111-101]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (38 PTS) 
Taylor Layup Shot: Missed Block: Anthony (1 BLK)  00:07.9  
Lowry Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:05.9  
Andersen 3pt Shot: Missed  00:02.9  
  00:01.9 Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:9) 
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- FSH Local 9:00 pm ET
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
HOU
3rd Southwest
42
40
6-4
23-18
19-22
DEN
1st Northwest
53
29
6-4
34-7
19-22
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
HOU
Brooks 19.7
Scola 8.6
Brooks 5.3
Battier 1.1
Ariza 1.8
DEN
2 players 30.7
2 players 8.5
2 players 6.3
2 players 1.2
2 players 2.0

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