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Nuggets win in Atlanta for first time since 1988

ATLANTA (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets picked a
good time to end a long losing streak in Atlanta.

Anthony's jump shot with nine-tenths of a second to play broke a
tie and gave the Nuggets their first victory in Atlanta since 1988,
a 100-96 win over the Hawks on Tuesday night.

Anthony led the Nuggets with 22 points as Denver ended a 14-game
losing streak in Atlanta.

The Hawks, only 8-19 at home, have the worst record in the
Eastern Conference. They wasted a chance to move past Charlotte and
out of last place in the Southeast Division.

The Nuggets recovered from a 94-79 loss to New Jersey on Sunday.

"It's an important win," said Denver coach George Karl. "If
we do have a chance to make the playoffs, we'll remember this
one."

Anthony scored from the left wing on a play designed for Kenyon
Martin.

"They put (Antoine) Walker on Kenyon and Kenyon made the right
read," Karl said.

Said Anthony: "Leaving my hand, it felt good. ... I was just
happy it went in. It seemed like the longest game ever."

After leading by 15 points in the third period, the Hawks
faltered and lost the lead early in the final quarter.

With 2:29 left to play, Tony Delk missed two free throws for
Atlanta and Obinna Ekezie was called for a foul in a scramble for
the ball after the second miss. Marcus Camby hit two free throws to
give Denver a 96-95 lead.

Ekezie made one of two free throws with 2:11 left to tie the
game at 96.

Following a miss by Denver's Andre Miller, the Hawks got the
ball and Atlanta coach Mike Woodson did not call a timeout.

"I thought that would give them a chance to set their
defense," Woodson said. "And we were going to hold it for the
last shot anyway, and it's either going to be taken by Antoine or
Tony."

Woodson said the plan was to work the clock "down to one or two
seconds, then win the ballgame."

Instead, Walker fired an air ball on a fallaway jumper, Denver
rebounded and called timeout with 6.8 seconds left.

"I probably should have waited a couple more seconds on that,"
Walker said. "I know better than that."

After Anthony hit the go-ahead shot, the Hawks threw away their
inbound pass. Earl Boykins added two free throws for the final
margin.

The Nuggets had not won in Atlanta since Dec. 10, 1988. When
reminded how long it had been since Denver won in Atlanta, Anthony
said, "I was 4. I was probably running around the house being
bad."

Walker led the Hawks with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Delk
followed with 19 points.

Camby had 17 for Denver, and Martin and former Hawk DerMarr
Johnson each added 16.

The Hawks led 59-47 at halftime and stretched the lead to 64-49
early in the third quarter on Josh Smith's jam, a two-hander on a
pass from Josh Childress.

The Nuggets opened the final period with a 10-2 run to catch the
Hawks. A three-point play by Camby pulled Denver even at 81, and
Bryon Russell's free throw 30 seconds later gave Denver its first
lead since the opening quarter.

Game notes
Atlanta C Kevin Willis was held out with back spasms. The
Hawks had only nine players in uniform. ... Camby started after he
was listed as day-to-day with a hip injury. ... Denver G Greg
Buckner left in the second period to have X-rays on a sore left
foot. A team spokesman said Buckner, who did not return, has
plantar fasciitis. ... A two-for-one ticket promotion helped the
Hawks, last in the league with an average home attendance of
13,215, record a sellout with 19,043 tickets distributed.