With regular starting center Camby sidelined by a bruised
tailbone, Nene went 9-for-10 from the field in a season-high 40
"It was Nene of last year," Camby said. "Hopefully, he can
sustain that. It's been tough for him. He's been struggling with
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,"
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
"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
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
"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
"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
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.
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.