Postgame Central: Suns @ Nuggest - Nov 28, 2010
Game Stats, Charts
44During their furious comeback attempt the Suns scored 44 points in the fourth quarter. J-Rich (11) and Steve Nash (10) combined for 21 of those points.
Fan Quote of the Game
Dang @PhoenixSuns lose, we need more rebounds and play tough deffense, hopefully we could bounce back and be consistent. GO SUNS!! - Xioty
Suns Fourth-Quarter Comeback Falls ShortDENVER(AP) J.R. Smith scored a season-high 30 points and the Denver Nuggets overcame the absence of Carmelo Anthony to hold off the Phoenix Suns 138-133 Sunday night in the highest-scoring game of the season.
Chauncey Billups returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sprained right wrist and scored 25 points and eight assists for the Nuggets.
Anthony was feeling ill Friday against Chicago but played anyway and hit the winner in the final seconds. Sunday he lasted just 2:48 before sitting down for good.
Jason Richardson did his best to keep Phoenix in it with 39 points, and Steve Nash had 17 points and 11 assists.
Nash missed a 3-pointer with 17.8 seconds left that would have tied the game. Phoenix trailed by 19 before narrowing the gap.
The Nuggets were ahead 115-99 when the Suns scored nine straight to get back in it. Smith and Arron Afflalo hit 3-pointers to keep the lead at nine, but Richardson hit two from long range to cut it to five with 2:08 left.
After Smith missed on a 3, Nash drained one to make it 128-125 with 1:35 left.
Billups answered with a layup and Smith hit two free throws, but Richardson hit his seventh 3 of the night to cut it to four.
Smith missed two free throws with 28.9 seconds left and Nash's three-point play with 22.5 seconds left made it 132-131. Billups hit two free throws and after Nash missed a wide-open 3 that would have tied it, the Nuggets closed it out from the line.
The Suns got as close as eight in the third quarter before the Nuggets pulled away. Six straight free throws got the lead to double digits and Smith hit one of his five 3-pointers to stretch the lead to 14. Two 3-pointers and a bucket by Shelden Williams made it 101-84 with 2:12 left in the second quarter.
Notes: The season's previous highest-scoring game was Golden State's 132-128 win in regulation over Houston on Oct. 27th. ... Anthony's streak of scoring in double digits ended at 134. The last time he failed to score at least 10 was against Houston on Nov. 30, 2008, when he had just two points. ... Hakim Warrick replaced Hedo Turkoglu in the Suns' lineup. Turkoglu, who started the first 16 games, finished with 13 points. ... The Nuggets' last win over Phoenix was Dec. 12, 2009.