Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/2

Game 1: Friday, January 2nd
Nuggets122Final
Thunder120
Game 2: Wednesday, February 4th
Nuggets114Final
Thunder113
Game 3: Wednesday, March 11th
Thunder99Final
Nuggets112
Game 4: Wednesday, April 8th
Thunder112Final
Nuggets122

Nuggets 114

(33-16, 13-10 away)

Thunder 113

(11-38, 8-18 home)

    Coverage: FSOK

    8:00 PM ET, February 4, 2009

    Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 32 27 30 25114
    OKC 31 39 24 19113

    Top Performers

    Den: C. Anthony 32 Pts, 2 Reb, 11 Ast

    Okc: K. Durant 31 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast

    Carmelo's hoop with 5.3 left lifts Nuggets past Thunder

    Associated Press

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Carmelo Anthony has made himself right at home in Oklahoma City.

    For the second time in two trips to Oklahoma City, Anthony made the winning shot, this time a driving runner in the lane with 5.3 seconds left that gave the Nuggets a 114-113 victory Wednesday night.

    "I got to be honest, I didn't think I would make it," Anthony admitted. "There was a bunch of people on me, but it went in. I'll take it."

    Just like he took it when the Nuggets topped the Thunder on Jan. 2 when his 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Denver a 122-120 win. Anthony finished with 32 points and also had 11 assists. In the January game, he had 31 points.

    This time, though, the winning shot came with some drama. After Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant made the go-ahead basket with 17.2 seconds left, Denver called a timeout.

    The Nuggets inbounded the ball to Anthony, who appeared to tip it to himself into the back court. There was no violation called and veteran referee Dick Bavetta explained that there was no possession, so no there was no turnover.

    "In the last 2 minutes of the game, the team with possession of the ball can pass the ball into the back court," Bavetta said. "If a ball is not in positive possession of an offensive player in the front court who then takes it in the back court, it is not considered a back-court violation."

    "I've never seen that play called," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "I'm not sure. He is one of the best officials. I guess that's just part of it."

    From there, Anthony willed himself toward the basket and made the winner with three Oklahoma City defenders on him.

    "We have to put the blame on ourselves," Oklahoma City forward Nick Collison said. "We didn't get enough stops. We let the game slip away in the third quarter. The good teams get stops late in games."

    Durant finished with 31 points and eight rebounds.

    J.R. Smith had 22 points, Nene had 20 and Chris Andersen finished with 12 to help the Nuggets improve to 32-16.

    The Thunder got 24 points from Jeff Green and 20 from Russell Westbrook, but dropped their third game in a row.

    Meanwhile, Anthony's heroics came during a game where the Nuggets were playing with a depleted roster. Guard Chauncey Billups didn't suit up, due to a sprained right ankle. Forward Kenyon Martin missed the game with strep throat.

    No matter, for Anthony, though. He said he enjoys playing in Oklahoma City.

    "I love it here," Anthony said of playing in Oklahoma City. This is a great city with great people."

    Denver rallied from a 17-point first half deficit where they gave up 70 points to Oklahoma City.

    Game notes


    It was mini-reunion homecoming for Nuggets players J.R. Smith and Chris Andersen. The two played for the Hornets during the 2005-06 season when the team played in Oklahoma City. Andersen fouled out with 3:13 left and had 12 points and seven rebounds. ... Oklahoma City's Earl Watson had 12 points. He is averaging six points this season. ... The Thunder dropped their third game in a row and are 2-15 in games decided by six points or less.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    OKC
    Points 114 113
    FGM-FGA 47-93 (.505) 42-84 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 6-9 (.667) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 14-19 (.737) 23-31 (.742)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-40 17-45
    Assists 26 24
    Turnovers 12 16
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 1 3
    Fast Break Points 16 24
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 17

    Top Performers

    Denver
    Oklahoma City
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 32
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Kevin Durant Durant
    Points: 31
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0