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
Karl was hired in Denver last season after coaching the Bucks
"The pep talk was good," Karl said. "I was fired up. I told
them some stories."
"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
"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."
"We're pretty mad at ourselves for playing so bad," Simmons
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.
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.