Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/8

Game 1: Monday, January 8th
Game 2: Saturday, February 10th

Bucks 92

(16-18, 7-13 away)

Nuggets 104

(17-15, 10-8 home)

    Coverage: ALT

    7:00 PM ET, January 8, 2007

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 29 20 19 2492
    DEN 35 25 19 25104

    Top Performers

    Mil: R. Patterson 29 Pts, 12 Reb, 7 Ast, 4 Stl

    Den: M. Camby 19 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 7 Blk

    Nuggets, still awaiting return of Melo, get third win with Iverson

    DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets finally found a team as depleted as they are.

    Marcus Camby returned from a one-game absence after aggravating his broken right ring finger and had 19 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots in Denver's 104-92 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

    Elias Says

    Allen Iverson
    Allen Iverson has scored at least 20 points in each of his first seven games with his new team. Only two other players in NBA history scored 20 or more points in each of their first seven games with a new team after a mid-season switch: Dominique Wilkins for the Clippers in 1993-94 (first 19 games) and Ray Allen with Seattle in 2002-03 (eight).

    Iverson has 46 turnovers and has missed 106 shots since he joined the Nuggets on Dec. 22. A.I. leads the NBA in turnovers, and he's tied with Rafer Alston and Tracy McGrady for the second-most missed shots behind only Kevin Garnett (109) since that date.

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    The Bucks were without injured guard Michael Redd and lost his backcourt mate Mo Williams during the game.

    The Nuggets know how Milwaukee feels. Denver has been without the NBA's top scoring tandem since Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith brawled with the New York Knicks last month.

    Even Allen Iverson has a sprained right big toe, which he hurt Friday night against the Lakers and irritated against Milwaukee when he jammed it into the floor again. The team said X-rays were negative and listed him as probable for Wednesday night against San Antonio.

    "If it was cut off, I'd play," Iverson said.

    Earl Boykins scored 26 points and Iverson had 23, including a crucial 3-pointer in the closing minutes to stave off Milwaukee's rally and help the Nuggets snap a five-game losing streak.

    "I'm not so sure I feel happy as much as I feel relieved," Denver coach George Karl said.

    Iverson found a positive side to the skid.

    "That was tough to lose five in a row, but I kind of learned a lot about this team, just going through some adversity with them early instead of everything being peaches and cream," said Iverson, who came over from Philadelphia last month.

    "The morale around the team wasn't great but it wasn't negative," Iverson said. "It wasn't to the point where everybody was pointing fingers at each other and blaming each other."

    Mired in a shooting slump, Iverson said he knew better than to try to put the team on his shoulders. He shot 9-for-21 against the Bucks.

    "I've been struggling so bad. I'm trying desperately to just find my game," he said. "I'm missing shots that I usually can make with my eyes closed. And especially the layups.

    "When you're missing jumpers, it usually doesn't bother you too much because you know you can get in there and get a layup and try to get you back into some type of groove. But when you're missing layups, too, it's tough to try to break out of that."

    Ruben Patterson, who played in Denver last season, started in Redd's spot and scored 29 points, three shy of his career high, and had 12 rebounds.

    The Bucks learned before tip-off that they'd be without Redd and his 27.7 points per game for up to six weeks after he strained his left knee on a meaningless dunk Friday night against Cleveland.

    "It's not an excuse to get a loss just because Michael is not here," Andrew Bogut said. "You have to have someone step up for him and figure out a way to win. You can't expect one guy to make up what Michael gave us individually. We have to play more like a team now."

    The Bucks also were without forward Charlie Villanueva, Milwaukee's major offseason addition, who missed his third straight game with an injured right shoulder.

    Williams sprained his left shoulder just before halftime when he collided with Linas Kleiza near midcourt while going for the ball. Williams made it to his feet after a minute and missed two foul shots before leaving with 29 seconds left in the half. He didn't return and is day to day.

    Keeping up with the attrition, Nuggets forward Eduardo Najera bruised his left shoulder in the first half and didn't return.

    Boykins' 3-pointer just before the buzzer gave Denver a 60-49 lead at the break, and it maintained an 11-point lead following an ugly third quarter. The Bucks chipped away and pulled to 87-82 on Ersan Ilyasova's jump shot with just under 5 minutes left but they couldn't get any closer.

    "We never really felt like we were in the game," Bogut said. "But we pushed them to the limit."

    Game notes

    Bucks general manager Larry Harris has an open roster spot and likely will add another player Tuesday. ... Villanueva received a cortisone injection Monday and will be re-evaluated in another week.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 104
    FGM-FGA 37-96 (.385) 35-79 (.443)
    3PM-3PA 4-15 (.267) 7-17 (.412)
    FTM-FTA 14-21 (.667) 27-36 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-47 15-52
    Assists 24 23
    Turnovers 12 16
    Steals 8 8
    Blocks 2 8
    Fast Break Points 13 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 19 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 2 14

    Top Performers

    Ruben Patterson Patterson
    Points: 29
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Marcus Camby Camby
    Points: 19
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 7