DENVER (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets attempt to win their
third straight game at the Pepsi Center when they host the
winless Chicago Bulls on Friday.
On Wednesday, Denver shot 61.5 percent (24-of-39) in the second
half to open its five-game homestand with 112-106 triumph over
the Toronto Raptors.
Carmelo Anthony, who has averaged 28 points over his last four
games, scored 30 points and blocked a pair of shots. The
second-year pro was a career-high 16-of-16 on free-throw
attempts and has led the team in scoring in five straight
All-Star Kenyon Martin posted his second double-double, posting
24 points and 16 rebounds, and Andre Miller added 14 and seven
assists with just one turnover.
DeMarr Johnson scored in double figures for the second straight
game with 12 point and was 5-of-5 from the floor for Denver,
which recorded a higher shooting percentage than its opponent
(48 percent to 43 percent) for the first time this season.
Despite missing both Nene and Marcus Camby with injuries, the
Nuggets dominated inside for the second straight game,
outscoring Toronto in the paint, 56-26.
At 0-6, Chicago is the lone team in the Eastern Conference
without a win and is currently 0-2 on its season-long seven-game
road trip. It is off to its second-worst start in franchise
history, trailing only its 0-9 start during the 1967-68 season.
Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points and dished out 10 assists for
Chicago, which has lost six in a row at Golden State.
Rookie Luol Deng, who is leading the team with 16.7 points per
game, was held to a season-low four points in the loss. Fellow
rookie Ben Gordon scored 12 points and is averaging just under
10 points per game on the road.
The Bulls forced 24 turnovers in the loss but committed 23.
Chicago was swept in a two-game series by the Nuggets last
season and have lost five straight in Denver.