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Carter starts in place of injured Billups

12/18/2009 - NBA Chauncey Billups Denver Nuggets + more

NEW ORLEANS -- Chauncey Billups has been scratched from the Denver Nuggets' game against the New Orleans Hornets because of a left groin strain.

The injury occurred in the second quarter of Denver's game in Houston on Wednesday.

Anthony Carter started at point guard in Billups' place Friday night.

Billups is averaging 17.4 points and 5.7 assists this season for the Nuggets.