Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Saturday, January 14th
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Bucks93
Game 2: Monday, February 27th
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Nuggets89

Nuggets 100

(19-19, 7-11 away)

Bucks 93

(19-16, 10-8 home)

    Coverage: ALT

    7:30 PM ET, January 14, 2006

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 25 27 20 28100
    MIL 19 16 30 2893

    Top Performers

    Denver: C. Anthony 38 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Milwaukee: M. Redd 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    'Melo nets 38 as Nuggets nip Bucks in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- George Karl talked about revenge, then Carmelo Anthony helped his coach get it.

    Anthony scored 38 points, leading the Denver Nuggets over the Bucks 100-93 Saturday night in Karl's second game back in Milwaukee.

    Karl was hired in Denver last season after coaching the Bucks from 1998-2003.

    "The pep talk was good," Karl said. "I was fired up. I told them some stories."

    Such as?

    "Revenge is your own success," Karl said, "and some stories about how everybody is going to be traded; everybody is going to be fired, but that doesn't mean you don't feel juiced and committed to kind of spanking the team that let you go."

    Said Anthony: "We better win this game, that was basically what he was saying."

    Anthony shot 13-for-30 from the field and was 12-of-17 from the free throw line. He had 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the first half as Denver won for the fifth time in seven games.

    "We need to have a run," Karl said. "We need to get healthy and start a run somewhere."

    Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts was Karl's assistant in Seattle and Milwaukee from 1993-2002.

    "He wished me luck and I wished him luck," Stotts said.

    Michael Redd scored 25 points, but Milwaukee never led and lost for the fifth time in seven games.

    Denver had a 19-point lead late in the first half, but the Bucks slowly came back.

    A 3-pointer by Mo Williams cut Denver's lead to 86-80 with 4:21 remaining, but Earl Boykins answered with a 3-pointer 19 seconds later.

    "We had momentum going," Stotts said.

    Boykins scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and Andre Miller chipped in with 18 points for Denver.

    "We rode (Anthony's) back for awhile and Earl Boykins gave us a great second half," Karl said. "It was a game for the most part that I thought we controlled the pace and the energy of the game."

    Milwaukee got 15 points from Bobby Simmons, and Jamaal Magloire added 13 points and 13 rebounds.

    "We're pretty mad at ourselves for playing so bad," Simmons said.

    Denver used a 7-0 run for an 81-69 lead with 8:11 remaining in the fourth quarter. After a basket by Simmons, Andrew Bogut fouled out on the Bucks' next possession. The offensive foul call drew the ire of Stotts, who was called for a technical foul.

    Denver's biggest lead of the game was 49-30 with 1:13 left in the first half. The Nuggets allowed a season low for first-half points and led 52-35 at the break.

    Game notes


    Williams returned after missing the last three games with a sore left foot. ... Denver's Earl Watson shot an airball and missed a dunk on consecutive possessions in the first quarter. ... The Nuggets' Greg Buckner missed his second straight game with a right wrist sprain. ... The Bucks had won their last three games against Western Conference teams.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    MIL
    Points 100 93
    FGM-FGA 37-76 (.487) 34-90 (.378)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 4-17 (.235)
    FTM-FTA 22-30 (.733) 21-30 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-42 16-47
    Assists 18 24
    Turnovers 17 17
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 23 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 24 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 19 0

    Top Performers

    Denver
    Milwaukee
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 38
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 25
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0