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Rockets overcome Carmelo's 45 to win thriller over Nuggets


By Matt Miller, for NBA.com
Posted Tuesday March 16, 2010 1:29AM

HOUSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- For the Houston Rockets, the playoffs have already begun.

At least, that's the philosophy they're applying to the remainder of their regular-season games. Monday's 125-123 win over the Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center illustrated just how serious each game has become.

Aaron Brooks dealt the knockout blow, sinking a 19-foot pull-up jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining.

"(Denver) had been doubling off the screen, and they had been doing a lot of trapping," said Brooks, who set a franchise record by making a 3-pointer for the 38th consecutive contest. "So I figured that the best way to get a shot off was to go one-on-one.

"I wanted to get some space first. I knew it wasn't going to be all the way to the rim. I thought it would probably be a floater before I got to the rim."

Carmelo Anthony (game-high 45 points) tried to answer with a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer, but his shot fell short, sending the 16,369 in attendance into a frenzy. The energetic crowd captured the emotion on the faces of each Rocket, who all said this was a game they had to win.

Houston (34-31) overcame a fourth-quarter deficit of 11-plus points for the first time this season to record their third consecutive victory. December was the last time the Rockets won three straight, but coach Rich Adelman hopes his team is close to putting together a streak that will allow them to creep closer to Portland for the final playoff spot in the West.

"I just can't say enough about our team. They battled the whole night," Adelman said. "I think when you're playing a team like that who has been through [the playoffs], it shows us what we have to do to beat quality teams down the stretch."

After Denver (45-22) ripped off a 9-0 run to take a 104-93 lead with 10:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets were closing in on their seventh straight victory.

Houston didn't let its defensive intensity waver, however, forcing the Nuggets into some questionable shots over the next few possessions. Aaron Brooks and Kyle Lowry pushed the ball off misses, leading to open layups and 3-pointers for their trailing teammates.

"We knew that [Denver] was going to make a punch, and we just wanted to punch back," said Kevin Martin, who scored 10 of his 29 points from the free-throw line. "You've got to attack their defense because they kind of switch everything and play soft, but at the rim they have shot blockers."

After allowing a season-high 68 points in the first half, Denver looked like it wasn't ready to keep up with the run-and-gun Rockets. But Carmelo Anthony took control of the game in the third quarter, and the Nuggets used crisp passing on offense and quick hands on defense to break down Houston's defense.

Anthony, who recorded his seventh 40-plus point performance of this season to move into third in franchise history, overcame a dismal 3-of-10 start to finish 18-of-35 from the field. After Trevor Ariza and Shane Battier hounded the Nuggets' star for a quarter and a half, Anthony found his rhythm and began to stretch the Rockets.

"We tried to move around, not let our defenders lock in on him," Adelman said. "When you double-team someone like Anthony, you're at a big disadvantage on the boards."

But Anthony's scoring simply wasn't enough to overcome Denver's abysmal defensive effort. For the first time this season, the Nuggets lost a game in which they scored 110 points -- further magnifying how poorly their defense performed at times.

"We just didn't execute. The bottom line is that we didn't get back on transition defense," said Denver coach Adrian Dantley, who is filling in for George Karl while he receives cancer treatment. "We wanted the game, but they didn't quit and hit big shots at the end."

After shooting 70 percent in the opening period, the Rockets cooled off to a 59 percent mark at halftime. But they still reaped the rewards of attacking the basket, as they tied their season-high for first-half scoring this season.

Houston caught fire again in the fourth, shooting 13-of-20 to win this Western-Conference shootout.

"It was a crazy game," said Chauncey Billups, who scored 17 points but was limited to four assists. "It seemed like whoever had the ball last was going to win."

Denver's offense took a little longer to wake up, as the Nuggets shot 44 percent, including 2-of-11 from 3-point range, in the first half. But quick ball movement allowed Denver's guards to find holes in the Rockets' defense for diving layups and open jumpers.

And when those shots didn't fall, there was often another Nugget close to the basket for a put-back. Denver dominated on the offensive glass for the first three quarters, out-rebounding Houston 16-5 to create a 22-5 advantage in second-chance points.

In the fourth, however, the Rockets won the offensive-rebounding battle 3-0. For the second straight game, Luis Scola displayed the desperation Houston said it must play with to make the playoffs in the closing minutes.

He refused to bow down to Nene, who grabbed nine of his team-high 10 boards during the second and third quarters. No matter how aggressive Nene tried to get, Scola simply stood ground and refused to let him score.

"As we always talk about, we don't have much room for error," said Scola, who scored 23 and grabbed 11 rebounds to record a career-high sixth straight double-double. "It's only like a month away -- the end of the season -- so we need to win games.

"I can see a change in the team. It's only three games that we've won, I know, but I think we've played better. It was easy to give up, like we were doing the last couple of weeks, but today we fought."

Nuggets
Rockets
     
    • 49.5%

    • 57.0%

    • 40.9%

    • 43.8%

    • 80.0%

    • 80.0%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
DEN HOU
Total Rebounds 7 6
Offensive Rebounds 16 8
Turnovers 8 10
Fast Break Pts: 12 28
Biggest Lead: 11 16
Points in the Paint: 56 54
DEN HOU
p Anthony   45 Brooks   31
rb 3 players   10 Scola   11
a Nene   5 Brooks   9
s 3 players   1 Ariza   2
b Nene   3 Battier   1
 
  • 10/30 - DEN @ HOU
  • 01/03 - HOU @ DEN
  • 02/07 - HOU @ DEN
  • 02/14 - DEN @ HOU
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 40:01 18-35 3-5 6-7 +6 5 5 10 3 3 0 1 1 1 45
N. Nene C 38:58 5-14 0-0 5-6 -5 4 6 10 5 2 1 2 3 0 15
J. Petro C 24:12 4-6 0-0 3-3 +5 3 7 10 2 4 1 0 0 0 11
A. Afflalo G 34:00 5-9 2-6 0-0 -4 1 5 6 2 3 0 1 0 0 12
C. Billups G 31:50 7-13 3-4 0-0 -14 1 1 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 17
J. Smith   29:01 8-18 0-5 1-2 -7 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 17
C. Andersen   16:18 1-1 0-0 1-2 -1 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
A. Carter   18:20 1-3 1-2 0-0 +8 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 0 3
J. Graham   07:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
M. Allen DNP - Coach's Decision
T. Lawson DNP - Coach's Decision
K. Martin DND - Left knee patella tendonitis
Total   240 49-99 9-22 16-20   16 28 44 22 26 3 8 6 1 123
  49.5% 40.9% 80.0%   team rebs: 7 total to: 8
Houston Rockets (42-40)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza G 36:18 5-9 1-2 1-2 0 0 5 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 12
L. Scola F-C 39:44 11-18 0-0 1-1 +4 1 10 11 1 4 1 2 0 2 23
C. Hayes C-F 18:54 2-3 0-0 2-2 -2 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 1 6
K. Martin G 42:18 9-16 1-4 10-13 +12 3 4 7 3 0 0 2 0 1 29
A. Brooks G 34:43 11-17 2-4 7-9 -4 0 1 1 9 1 0 3 0 2 31
S. Battier   24:50 2-5 2-4 0-0 +1 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 1 0 6
C. Budinger   04:03 0-0 0-0 0-0 -4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Lowry   18:07 3-7 0-1 2-2 +1 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 8
J. Hill   11:26 0-1 0-0 5-6 -3 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 5
D. Andersen   09:37 2-3 1-1 0-0 +5 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 5
H. Armstrong DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Jeffries DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 45-79 7-16 28-35   8 30 38 23 22 4 10 1 6 125
  57.0% 43.8% 80.0%   team rebs: 6 total to: 10

inactive

  • Nuggets: Balkman
  • Rockets: Ming, Taylor

technical fouls

  • Nuggets: --
  • Rockets: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 4
  • Times Tied: 7

arena stats

  • Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Officials: #41 Ken Mauer, #67 John Goble, #61 Courtney Kirkland
  • Attendance: 16369
  • Duration: 2:25
Denver Nuggets (45-22) Houston Rockets (34-31)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Scola vs Petro (Nene gains possession)
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  11:39  
  11:38 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:21
[HOU 2-0]
Scola Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Nene Hook Shot: Missed  11:00  
  10:58 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:49 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:48  
Petro Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Billups (1 AST)  10:43
[DEN 2-2]
 
  10:25
[HOU 4-2]
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Afflalo Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nene (1 AST)  10:10
[DEN 4-4]
 
  10:03
[HOU 6-4]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Brooks (1 AST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Billups (2 AST)  09:53
[DEN 6-6]
 
  09:39
[HOU 9-6]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Scola (1 AST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  09:21  
Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:20  
Petro Layup Shot: Missed  09:18  
  09:17 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:09
[HOU 11-6]
Hayes Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brooks (2 AST) 
Billups Pullup Jump shot: Missed  08:55  
Anthony Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:52  
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  08:52  
Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  08:51  
Anthony Tip Shot: Missed  08:51  
  08:49 Hayes Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:44
[HOU 13-6]
Martin Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brooks (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  08:36  
Petro Jump Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Billups (3 AST)  08:28
[DEN 8-13]
 
  08:11
[HOU 15-8]
Scola Jump Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Nene Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:57
[DEN 10-15]
 
  07:50 Brooks Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Nene Jump Shot: Missed  07:36  
  07:35 Brooks Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:29 Brooks Layup Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:27  
Nene Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST)  07:08  
  07:03
[HOU 17-10]
Martin Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST) 
  06:53 Ariza Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  06:53
[DEN 11-17]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  06:53
[DEN 12-17]
 
  06:38
[HOU 19-12]
Ariza Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Brooks (4 AST) 
Nene Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Scola (1 ST)  06:24  
  06:15 Martin 3pt Shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:14  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  05:58  
Team Rebound  05:58  
  05:52 Scola Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 
  05:52 Ariza Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  05:52 Ariza Substitution replaced by Battier 
  05:50 Brooks Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:37
[DEN 14-19]
 
  05:24
[HOU 21-14]
Martin Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Hayes (1 AST) 
Petro Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:24  
  05:24
[HOU 22-14]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
  05:05 Battier Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  05:05
[DEN 15-22]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:05  
  05:05 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  04:59  
  04:59
[HOU 23-15]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  04:59
[HOU 24-15]
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Billups Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  04:50  
Billups Turnover : Offensive Foul Turnover (2 TO)  04:50  
  04:35 Scola Running Hook Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:33  
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  04:20  
  04:05
[HOU 26-15]
Brooks Running Bank shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Battier (1 AST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  03:51  
Petro Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  03:50  
Petro Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  03:50
[DEN 17-26]
 
  03:50 Hayes Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  03:50  
Petro Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS)  03:50
[DEN 18-26]
 
Smith Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  03:40  
  03:40
[HOU 27-18]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Nene Substitution replaced by Andersen  03:40  
  03:40 Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  03:40  
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed Block: Battier (1 BLK)  03:20  
  03:18 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:15
[HOU 29-18]
Martin Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Brooks (5 AST) 
Andersen Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Petro (1 AST)  02:57
[DEN 20-29]
 
  02:45
[HOU 31-20]
Brooks Floating Jump shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Anthony Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  02:45  
  02:45 Team Timeout : Regular 
Petro Substitution replaced by Afflalo  02:45  
  02:45
[HOU 32-20]
Brooks Free Throw 1 of 1 (8 PTS) 
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  02:29  
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:27  
Smith Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Anthony (1 AST)  02:20
[DEN 22-32]
 
  02:11 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:10  
Billups Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  01:59
[DEN 24-32]
 
Billups Foul : Personal (2 PF)  01:40  
  01:40 Hayes Substitution replaced by Budinger 
Billups Substitution replaced by Carter  01:40  
  01:40
[HOU 33-24]
Brooks Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  01:40 Martin Substitution replaced by Lowry 
  01:40
[HOU 34-24]
Brooks Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Anthony Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  01:23  
Carter Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  01:21  
Carter Layup Shot: Missed  01:19  
Anthony Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  01:18  
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  01:17  
  01:16 Budinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:12
[HOU 36-24]
Brooks Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  00:52.2
[DEN 27-36]
 
  00:40.9 Lowry Jump Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  00:39.9  
Afflalo Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Anthony (2 AST)  00:35.2
[DEN 29-36]
 
  00:15.7 Brooks Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Smith Pullup Jump shot: Missed  00:01.9  
  00:00.9 Team Rebound 
Anthony Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF)  00:00.9  
  00:00.9
[HOU 37-29]
Lowry Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  00:00.9
[HOU 38-29]
Lowry Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Denver Nuggets (45-22) Houston Rockets (34-31)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Graham Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:38  
  11:38
[HOU 39-29]
Brooks Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  11:38
[HOU 40-29]
Brooks Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  11:22  
  11:21 Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Graham Foul : Personal (2 PF)  11:11  
  11:04 Hill Turnover : 3 Second Violation (1 TO) 
Smith Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Carter (1 AST)  10:48
[DEN 31-40]
 
  10:31 Hill Layup Shot: Missed 
  10:29 Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Graham Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  10:29  
  10:29 Brooks Substitution replaced by Ariza 
  10:29
[HOU 41-31]
Hill Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Graham Substitution replaced by Nene  10:29  
  10:29
[HOU 42-31]
Hill Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Carter 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Afflalo (1 AST)  10:15
[DEN 34-42]
 
  09:51 Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:49  
Smith Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  09:42
[DEN 36-42]
 
  09:37 Budinger Substitution replaced by Martin 
  09:37 Battier Substitution replaced by Andersen 
  09:35 Lowry Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Nene (1 ST) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  09:27  
  09:25 Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:13 Ariza Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Nene Running Hook Shot: Missed  09:02  
Team Rebound  09:00  
Carter Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Andersen (1 ST)  08:59  
Nene Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  08:54  
  08:54 Timeout : Regular 
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Billups  08:54  
  08:54
[HOU 43-36]
Hill Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  08:54
[HOU 44-36]
Hill Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Smith Running Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  08:41
[DEN 38-44]
 
  08:26
[HOU 46-38]
Martin Running Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Carter 3pt Shot: Missed  08:07  
  08:05 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:56 Martin Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:55 Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:55
[HOU 48-38]
Andersen Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Smith Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Carter (2 AST)  07:47
[DEN 40-48]
 
  07:47 Hill Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS)  07:47
[DEN 41-48]
 
  07:29
[HOU 51-41]
Andersen 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Martin (1 AST) 
Nene Layup Shot: Missed  07:16  
  07:15 Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:13 Smith Violation:Kicked Ball 
Team Violation : Delay Of Game  07:13  
Carter Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  07:00  
Carter Substitution replaced by Anthony  07:00  
  07:00
[HOU 52-41]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  07:00
[HOU 53-41]
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  06:44  
  06:43 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:33
[HOU 56-41]
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) 
  06:18 Lowry Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  06:18  
Team Rebound  06:18  
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  06:18
[DEN 42-56]
 
  05:56
[HOU 58-42]
Lowry Pullup Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Nene Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  05:33
[DEN 44-58]
 
  05:26 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:16 Andersen Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:14  
Billups Foul : Offensive (3 PF)  05:10  
Billups Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  05:10  
  05:10 Hill Substitution replaced by Scola 
Billups Substitution replaced by Carter  05:10  
  04:54 Martin Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Anthony Pullup Jump shot: Missed  04:32  
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  04:30  
Nene Layup Shot: Missed  04:29  
Nene Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  04:26  
Nene Dunk Shot: Missed  04:24  
  04:22 Lowry Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:15 Martin 3pt Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:13  
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST)  04:03
[DEN 46-58]
 
  03:52 Martin Layup Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  03:51  
  03:50 Lowry Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  03:50 Lowry Substitution replaced by Brooks 
Anthony Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (2 ST)  03:40  
  03:25 Ariza Driving Dunk Shot: Missed 
  03:22 Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  03:19 Martin Layup Shot: Missed Block: Anthony (1 BLK) 
Nene Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  03:17  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  03:05  
  03:04 Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  02:58
[HOU 60-46]
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Brooks (6 AST) 
Smith Driving Layup Shot: Missed  02:41  
Nene Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  02:39  
Nene Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  02:37
[DEN 48-60]
 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:15  
Smith Substitution replaced by Petro  02:15  
Andersen Substitution replaced by Afflalo  02:15  
  02:10
[HOU 63-48]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Andersen (1 AST) 
  01:53 Andersen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS)  01:47
[DEN 50-63]
 
  01:24
[HOU 65-50]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Nene Jump Shot: Missed  01:10  
Anthony Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  01:09  
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS)  01:09
[DEN 52-65]
 
  01:09 Ariza Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  01:09 Ariza Substitution replaced by Battier 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 1 (17 PTS)  01:09
[DEN 53-65]
 
  00:59.5
[HOU 67-53]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Brooks (7 AST) 
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  00:49.9  
  00:48.6 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:43.9 Brooks Layup Shot: Missed Block: Nene (1 BLK) 
Carter Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:40.8  
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  00:35.4  
Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:34.4  
Afflalo Putback Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  00:34.4
[DEN 55-67]
 
  00:34.4
[HOU 68-55]
Martin Free Throw Technical (20 PTS) 
  00:11.9 Battier 3pt Shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  00:10.9  
Anthony Pullup Jump shot: Made (19 PTS)  00:00.1
[DEN 57-68]
 
End of 2nd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (45-22) Houston Rockets (34-31)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Petro Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  11:36  
  11:36
[HOU 69-57]
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  11:36 Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  11:35  
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  11:23  
Anthony Rebound (Off:5 Def:2)  11:22  
Anthony Putback Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS)  11:22
[DEN 59-69]
 
  11:12 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  11:11  
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS)  11:04
[DEN 62-69]
 
  10:46 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  10:45  
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS)  10:39
[DEN 65-69]
 
  10:11
[HOU 71-65]
Martin Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS) 
Billups Pullup Jump shot: Missed  09:55  
  09:53 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  09:40 Hayes Layup Shot: Missed Block: Nene (2 BLK) 
Petro Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  09:38  
Anthony 3pt Shot: Missed  09:28  
  09:27 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  09:21
[HOU 73-65]
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Martin (2 AST) 
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Missed  09:00  
  08:58 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  08:52
[HOU 75-65]
Hayes Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST) 
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Anthony (3 AST)  08:33
[DEN 68-75]
 
  08:15 Ariza Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  08:14  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Nene (2 AST)  08:01
[DEN 71-75]
 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  07:37  
  07:37
[HOU 76-71]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS) 
  07:37
[HOU 77-71]
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (24 PTS) 
Petro Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Afflalo (2 AST)  07:17
[DEN 73-77]
 
  06:58 Scola Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Petro (1 ST) 
  06:50 Hayes Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Missed  06:36  
Nene Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  06:35  
  06:34 Hayes Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  06:34
[DEN 74-77]
 
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  06:34
[DEN 75-77]
 
  06:24
[HOU 79-75]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Brooks (8 AST) 
Petro Jump Shot: Missed  06:08  
Petro Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  06:07  
  06:07 Hayes Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Petro Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  06:07
[DEN 76-79]
 
Petro Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  06:07
[DEN 77-79]
 
  05:46
[HOU 81-77]
Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) 
Billups Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  05:33
[DEN 79-81]
 
Nene Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:19  
  05:19 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:19
[HOU 82-79]
Hayes Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  05:19
[HOU 83-79]
Hayes Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (23 PTS)  05:03
[DEN 81-83]
 
  04:55 Brooks Layup Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:4 Def:3)  04:54  
Billups Layup Shot: Missed  04:38  
Billups Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  04:37  
Billups Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  04:35
[DEN 83-83]
 
  04:23
[HOU 85-83]
Martin Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Hayes (2 AST) 
Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Nene (3 AST)  04:06
[DEN 86-85]
 
  03:47 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:4 Def:4)  03:45  
Nene Jump Shot: Missed  03:27  
Team Rebound  03:26  
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  03:26  
  03:26 Ariza Substitution replaced by Hill 
  03:26 Hayes Substitution replaced by Battier 
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  03:23  
  03:22 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
Petro Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF)  03:22  
Petro Substitution replaced by Andersen  03:22  
  03:05 Scola Hook Shot: Missed 
  03:05 Team Rebound 
  03:05 Scola Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  02:48  
  02:47 Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:42
[HOU 87-86]
Brooks Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS) 
Nene Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Billups (4 AST)  02:30
[DEN 88-87]
 
Billups Foul : Personal (4 PF)  02:27  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:27  
Billups Substitution replaced by Carter  02:27  
  02:27 Brooks Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:27 Team Rebound 
  02:27
[HOU 88-88]
Brooks Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS) 
  02:11 Hill Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:11  
Team Rebound  02:11  
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  02:11
[DEN 89-88]
 
  02:00 Martin 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:4 Def:5)  01:59  
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (28 PTS)  01:51
[DEN 91-88]
 
  01:43
[HOU 90-91]
Brooks Pullup Jump shot: Made (24 PTS) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (30 PTS)  01:28
[DEN 93-90]
 
  01:09
[HOU 92-93]
Brooks Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) 
Smith Step Back Jump shot: Made (13 PTS)  00:43.1
[DEN 95-92]
 
Andersen Substitution replaced by Petro  00:29.2  
  00:29.2 Martin Substitution replaced by Lowry 
  00:22.8 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:21.9 Lowry Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  00:17.9 Battier Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
  00:17.0 Hill Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
Petro Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  00:16.4  
  00:16.4 Hill Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:16.4 Team Rebound 
Nene Substitution replaced by Billups  00:16.4  
  00:16.4 Scola Substitution replaced by Ariza 
  00:16.4
[HOU 93-95]
Hill Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Instant Replay - Support Ruling  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Quarter
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Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (33 PTS) Assist: Smith (3 AST)  11:43
[DEN 98-93]
 
  11:17 Brooks Jump Shot: Missed Block: Carter (1 BLK) 
Petro Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  11:15  
Smith Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Petro (2 AST)  11:13
[DEN 100-93]
 
  11:01 Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:3 Def:7)  11:00  
Anthony Step Back Jump shot: Made (35 PTS)  10:50
[DEN 102-93]
 
  10:50 Team Timeout : Regular 
  10:50 Brooks Substitution replaced by Martin 
  10:50 Hill Substitution replaced by Scola 
  10:33 Lowry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:5 Def:3)  10:32  
Anthony Pullup Jump shot: Made (37 PTS)  10:10
[DEN 104-93]
 
  09:51 Scola Jump Shot: Missed Block: Carter (2 BLK) 
  09:49 Martin Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  09:47 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:47 Martin Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
Graham Foul : Personal (4 PF)  09:47  
  09:44 Martin Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Carter (1 ST) 
  09:43 Scola Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Smith Layup Shot: Missed  09:25  
Team Rebound  09:25  
  09:25 Battier Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  09:16  
  09:15 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
Carter Foul : Personal (2 PF)  09:10  
Anthony Substitution replaced by Afflalo  09:10  
  08:56 Petro Violation:Defensive Goaltending 
  08:56
[HOU 95-104]
Scola Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Smith Pullup Jump shot: Missed  08:40  
  08:38 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:33
[HOU 97-104]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Lowry (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  08:25  
Petro Substitution replaced by Billups  08:25  
Carter Substitution replaced by Nene  08:25  
Billups Pullup Jump shot: Missed  08:14  
  08:12 Martin Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  08:05
[HOU 100-104]
Battier 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Lowry (2 AST) 
  07:45 Scola Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  07:36 Lowry Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Smith (4 AST)  07:29
[DEN 107-100]
 
  07:04
[HOU 103-107]
Battier 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Martin (3 AST) 
Nene Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS)  06:49
[DEN 109-103]
 
  06:23
[HOU 105-109]
Lowry Floating Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) 
  06:11 Scola Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Graham Substitution replaced by Anthony  06:11  
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  06:11
[DEN 110-105]
 
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  06:11
[DEN 111-105]
 
  05:57 Scola Layup Shot: Missed Block: Nene (3 BLK) 
  05:57 Team Rebound 
  05:52
[HOU 107-111]
Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
  05:50 Team Violation : Delay Of Game 
Smith Slam Dunk Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Nene (4 AST)  05:35
[DEN 113-107]
 
  05:35 Battier Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  05:35 Team Timeout : Regular 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  05:35  
  05:35 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:19
[HOU 109-113]
Martin Jump Shot: Made (28 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST) 
Anthony Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  05:19  
  05:19 Martin Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:5 Def:4)  05:18  
Billups Pullup Jump shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Nene (5 AST)  04:55
[DEN 115-109]
 
  04:34 Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:32 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  04:31
[HOU 111-115]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
  04:12 Lowry Substitution replaced by Brooks 
Anthony Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  04:04  
  04:02 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  03:53 Brooks Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) 
Afflalo Foul : Offensive (3 PF)  03:38  
Afflalo Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  03:38  
  03:25
[HOU 113-115]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Ariza (4 AST) 
  03:08 Battier Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (38 PTS)  03:08
[DEN 116-113]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (39 PTS)  03:08
[DEN 117-113]
 
  02:47 Battier 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:4 Def:6)  02:46  
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (41 PTS)  02:31
[DEN 119-113]
 
  02:13
[HOU 115-119]
Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Made (28 PTS) 
Anthony Pullup Jump shot: Missed  01:44  
  01:43 Martin Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
Smith Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  01:40  
  01:40 Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:40 Team Rebound 
  01:40
[HOU 116-119]
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (29 PTS) 
Anthony Pullup Jump shot: Made (43 PTS)  01:21
[DEN 121-116]
 
  01:09
[HOU 119-121]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  00:50.9  
  00:47.9 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  00:41.1
[HOU 121-121]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Brooks (9 AST) 
Billups Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  00:41.1  
  00:41.1
[HOU 122-121]
Scola Free Throw 1 of 1 (23 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:41.1  
Nene Layup Shot: Missed  00:34.9  
  00:32.9 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
Billups Foul : Personal (6 PF)  00:28.2  
Billups Substitution replaced by Carter  00:28.2  
  00:28.2
[HOU 123-121]
Brooks Free Throw 1 of 2 (29 PTS) 
  00:28.2 Brooks Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:5 Def:5)  00:28.2  
Team Timeout : Short  00:27.2  
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (45 PTS)  00:20.8
[DEN 123-123]
 
  00:20.8 Team Timeout : Regular 
  00:02.9
[HOU 125-123]
Brooks Pullup Jump shot: Made (31 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:02.9  
Anthony 3pt Shot: Missed  00:01.0  
  00:00.3 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:10) 
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
DEN
1st Northwest
53
29
6-4
34-7
19-22
HOU
3rd Southwest
42
40
6-4
23-18
19-22
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
DEN
2 players 30.7
2 players 8.5
2 players 6.3
2 players 1.2
2 players 2.0
HOU
Brooks 19.7
Scola 8.6
Brooks 5.3
Battier 1.1
Ariza 1.8

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