Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Wednesday, November 17th
Raptors106Final
Nuggets112
Game 2: Friday, December 10th
Nuggets101Final
Raptors87

Nuggets 101

(12-7, 3-3 away)

Raptors 87

(7-15, 5-3 home)

    Coverage: ALT

    7:00 PM ET, December 10, 2004

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 29 27 27 18101
    TOR 18 19 23 2787

    Top Performers

    Den: C. Anthony 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tor: R. Alston 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    'Melo puts up 28, nine and eight

    TORONTO (AP) -- Marcus Camby called it vintage Nene.

    Nene had a season-high 21 points, and Carmelo Anthony had 28 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the Denver Nuggets' 101-87 rout of the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

    With regular starting center Camby sidelined by a bruised tailbone, Nene went 9-for-10 from the field in a season-high 40 minutes.

    "It was Nene of last year," Camby said. "Hopefully, he can sustain that. It's been tough for him. He's been struggling with his shot."

    Nene entered the game shooting just 35 percent from the field. He missed most of the preseason and eight regular-season games with a strained left hamstring.

    "I need work, man. I can say nothing. It was just one game," Nene said.

    Denver shot 54 percent compared to 38 for Toronto.

    Kenyon Martin added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won four straight.

    "Nene is starting to get his feel back for the game," Anthony said. "He had his legs under him and was finishing around the rim and that's huge for us."

    Anthony acknowledged he thought about getting his first ever triple-double.

    "I've never had one, not in high school or college," he said.

    Rafer Alston had 25 points for the Raptors, who have lost six straight.

    Before the game, the Raptors placed Vince Carter on the injured list with a strained left Achilles' tendon. Carter will miss at least five games.

    Jalen Rose, expected to step up in Carter's absence, had just three points.

    "If there was something I could say to him or if there was a button I could push, you know, I don't know," first-year Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said.

    Rose suggested the fiery Mitchell isn't getting enough from his players.

    "I think being a team is the ability to try and find a way to get the most out of each guy. For some reason we have guys who are not performing up to their ability, for whatever reason and I think it is showing," Rose said.

    Toronto's starting frontcourt of Loren Woods and Chris Bosh combined for just 10 points and nine rebounds.

    Mitchell said Bosh looked tired. Toronto just finished a 1-5 road trip, its second 1-5 road trip of the season.

    "If Chris is having a hard time, we're going to struggle," Mitchell said. "I love him to death, he's trying but I think these two trips just took too much out of him."

    Denver never trailed after Nene tied the game at 4 with a dunk in the first quarter. Nene converted two three-point plays and a layup as Denver finished the first half on a 14-4 run for a 19-point lead.

    Martin accidentally knocked Anthony and Miller down while making a ferocious dunk in the third quarter. Martin slapped the backboard after the slam, which gave Denver a 25-point lead.

    After Martin stole a pass from Alston, Anthony made an alley-oop pass to Martin, whose tip-in gave Denver a 30-point lead -- its biggest lead of the game -- with 3:21 left in the third quarter.

    Toronto never got closer than 14 after that.

    Game notes


    Carter's injury postpones Toronto's chances of trading him. Carter has asked to be dealt, and the Raptors have held trade discussions with a number of teams in recent weeks. ... Morris Peterson replaced Carter in the starting lineup. He had 10 points. ... Martin complained to the stats crew that he wasn't given enough rebounds in the first half. Martin, who had five at halftime, said: "I had six rebounds in the second quarter alone!" ... Anthony is shooting 55 percent (39-of-71) in his last four games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    TOR
    Points 101 87
    FGM-FGA 40-74 (.541) 30-79 (.380)
    3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 4-17 (.235)
    FTM-FTA 19-30 (.633) 23-31 (.742)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-46 10-39
    Assists 27 14
    Turnovers 21 18
    Steals 10 10
    Blocks 5 3
    Fast Break Points 16 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 27 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 30 2

    Top Performers

    Denver
    Toronto
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 28
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Rafer Alston Alston
    Points: 25
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0