Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/27

Game 1: Saturday, January 27th
Nets112Final
Nuggets102
Game 2: Tuesday, March 20th
Nuggets94Final
Nets90

Nuggets 94

(34-31, 15-14 away)

Nets 90

(31-37, 18-17 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    7:00 PM ET, March 20, 2007

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 20 22 31 2194
    NJ 20 29 16 2590

    Top Performers

    Denver: C. Anthony 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast

    New Jersey: V. Carter 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Anthony heats up in fourth quarter, Nuggets win fifth straight

    Associated Press

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Denver Nuggets have found a third option to go along with Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson -- defense.

    Carmelo Anthony scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Nuggets won their fifth straight game with a 94-90 decision over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.

    Elias Says

    Allen Iverson
    Iverson
    Allen Iverson had four steals in Denver's victory, lifting his season total to 103 and therein lies the tale. The Answer became the answer to this trivia question: Since the NBA began keeping track of steals in 1973, who is the only player to get both 1,000 points and 100 steals in each of his first 11 seasons in the league?

    Iverson surpassed Julius Erving, who reached 1,000 points and 100 steals in each of his first 10 seasons in the NBA.

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    "The most important thing for us is that we are playing defense," Iverson said. "We feel like we can score with Melo and myself and other players. We can put the ball in the basket, but we also have to stop people."

    The Nuggets came up with two big stops in the final minutes while clinging to a 93-90 lead. They forced Vince Carter into a walking turnover with 45 seconds to go and then got a somewhat unexpected stop when Carter missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied the game with 12 seconds to go.

    It marked the first time this season Denver has won a game (1-21) when scoring less than 99 points.

    "Melo and A.I. have defensive talents," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "Are they going to be all-defensive team? Probably not. All we want is a focus and what I call no cheap possessions. That's what we're seeing. Most of the time, if you score on us, you've earned it."

    The Nets had their chances, particularly Carter, who had 29 points and nine rebounds. He came off Mikki Moore's screen in the closing seconds and had a perfect look on his game-tying attempt.

    "Maybe I needed a hand in my face," said Carter, who was 10-of-24 from the field. "I was wide open and actually took my time. I didn't rush. It was like being in the gym by myself. It didn't go down. That's the ones I take to heart."

    Allen Iverson added a clinching free throw in the final seconds to cap a 20-point night in helping the Nuggets win for the first time in New Jersey since 2000.

    Marcus Camby and Steve Blake had 10 points apiece for the Nuggets, while Richard Jefferson had 18 points for the Nets, who had won nine of 10 against Denver.

    The Nuggets, who built a 13-point lead late in the third quarter, needed Anthony to hold off the Nets in the fourth quarter.

    After New Jersey drew within 82-80 on a jumper by Eddie House, Anthony scored six straight points to push the lead to 88-80 on a 3-pointer with 4:56 to go.

    A six-point run that Carter capped with a rebound follow got New Jersey within 88-86 with 3:17 to play.

    After Iverson hit a layup and Carter followed with a dunk, Anthony, who spent 14 minutes on the bench in the first half with three fouls, made a power move inside and converted a three-point play for a 93-88 edge with 1:38 to go.

    "At halftime, I told everyone I owed them a half," said Anthony, who had 20 points in the second half. "I tried to come out and be aggressive even with the fouls. In the third and fourth quarter I went out there not being cautious because of the fouls."

    Two free throws by Jefferson got New Jersey within 93-90, but the Nets could not score the rest of the way. Iverson closed the scoring with a free throw after Carter's missed 3-pointer.

    Trailing by seven at the half, the Nuggets went on a 23-4 third-quarter spurt, taking a 73-60 lead on a pair of free throws by Anthony.

    New Jersey, which turned the ball over five times and went 1-for-11 in the drought, responded with an 18-6 run, getting within 79-78 on a jumper by House.

    A three-point play by Eduardo Najera push the Nuggets lead to 82-78, setting up the stretch run.

    Game notes


    The game was the Nets' last against a Western Conference team. They finished 10-20. ... The game was the first of a five-game road trip for the Nuggets. ... Jefferson is now six points shy of tying Otis Birdsong (6,415) for seventh all-time in Nets scoring. ... The crowd of 20,032 was the Nets' third sellout of the season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    NJ
    Points 94 90
    FGM-FGA 32-80 (.400) 34-85 (.400)
    3PM-3PA 5-17 (.294) 3-19 (.158)
    FTM-FTA 25-32 (.781) 19-22 (.864)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-48 7-40
    Assists 22 25
    Turnovers 17 15
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 11 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (2/0) 21 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 13 8

    Top Performers

    Denver
    New Jersey
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 30
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 29
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0