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Four-point plays send Nuggets past Heat

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published November 15, 2006


MIAMI - The Heat tried fouling from beyond the 3-point line, and even then failed to stop the Nuggets.

Carmelo Anthony scored 33 and Denver twice converted four-point plays to defeat Miami 112-105 Tuesday night.

The Nuggets' point total was a season high, and they outscored Miami 54-36 in the paint.

"We can't stop anybody right now," Heat coach Pat Riley said.

The defending NBA champion fell to 3-4 with its second consecutive loss, both at home.

Anthony lost his scoring duel with fellow 2003 draft pick Dwyane Wade, who had 37 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. But the Nuggets reached .500 by winning their third in a row after an 0-3 start.

"A week ago the media had us buried," coach George Karl said. "Now we're good."

The Heat was again without Shaquille O'Neal because of a hyperextended left knee, his second injury to the knee this season. His status is day to day.

Thanks to fouls called against Gary Payton, the Nuggets had two four-point plays in the second quarter. J.R. Smith sank a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw. Andre Miller was fouled trying a 3; Payton drew a technical for protesting the call, Earl Boykins hit that free throw and Miller made all three of his.

An 11-0 run beginning late in the third quarter put the Nuggets ahead to stay.

 

DENVER (112): Anthony 13-26 7-8 33, Najera 2-3 0-0 4, Camby 6-9 3-5 15, J..Smith 3-9 1-1 9, Miller 9-15 9-9 29, Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Jo.Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Boykins 2-11 3-3 8, Kleiza 1-3 0-0 3, Evans 3-4 2-2 8, Diawara 1-4 1-1 3. Totals 40-89 26-29 112.

MIAMI (105): Walker 8-16 1-2 22, Haslem 6-11 0-1 12, Mourning 2-5 5-6 9, Wade 9-21 16-17 37, Payton 1-4 0-1 3, Wright 5-11 1-1 13, Posey 3-9 0-0 9, Kapono 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-77 23-28 105.

Denver 24 24 34 30 - 112

Miami 17 35 31 22 - 105

3-Point Goals-Denver 6-27 (Miller 2-5, J..Smith 2-6, Kleiza 1-3, Boykins 1-6, Anthony 0-2, Johnson 0-2, Diawara 0-3), Miami 14-30 (Walker 5-11, Wade 3-5, Posey 3-6, Wright 2-5, Payton 1-3). Fouled Out-Walker. Rebounds-Denver 56 (Camby 11), Miami 44 (Haslem 10). Assists-Denver 24 (Miller 10), Miami 20 (Wade 11). Total Fouls-Denver 22, Miami 23. Technicals-Denver coach Karl, Miami Defensive Three Second, Payton. A-19,600. (19,600).

 

Bucks 103, Hawks 101

ATLANTA - Michael Redd converted a three-point play with 27 seconds left as the Bucks snapped a four-game skid. Ruben Patterson knocked the ball away from Atlanta's Joe Johnson, who had just crossed halfcourt, right before the buzzer.

 

MILWAUKEE (103): Patterson 7-13 2-3 16, Villanueva 3-3 5-5 12, Bogut 6-8 1-3 13, Redd 10-20 9-13 30, Mo.Williams 6-14 2-2 15, Bell 0-4 0-0 0, Skinner 1-3 0-0 2, Gadzuric 3-4 0-1 6, Blake 0-1 2-4 2, Ilyasova 1-3 4-6 7. Totals 37-73 25-37 103.

ATLANTA (101): Smith 1-12 1-4 4, S.Williams 2-6 0-0 4, Pachulia 3-6 2-2 8, Johnson 10-18 6-6 29, Bozeman 0-2 0-0 0, Childress 9-13 1-1 21, Lue 10-17 7-7 29, Wright 2-4 0-2 4, Freije 0-0 0-0 0, Stoudamire 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 38-80 17-22 101.

Milwaukee 31 29 18 25 - 103

Atlanta 16 33 34 18 - 101

3-Point Goals-Milwaukee 4-11 (Villanueva 1-1, Ilyasova 1-2, Mo.Williams 1-3, Redd 1-5), Atlanta 8-23 (Johnson 3-6, Childress 2-4, Lue 2-6, Smith 1-5, Stoudamire 0-1, Bozeman 0-1). Fouled Out-Smith. Rebounds-Milwaukee 45 (Bogut 8), Atlanta 50 (S.Williams 15). Assists-Milwaukee 10 (Mo.Williams 6), Atlanta 15 (Lue 7). Total Fouls-Milwaukee 25, Atlanta 29. Technicals-Patterson, Atlanta coach Woodson. A-14,265. (18,729).

Timberwolves 101, Blazers 89

MINNEAPOLIS - Ricky Davis broke out of a slump with 27 points to help the Timberwolves snap a four-game losing streak. Davis came in shooting 32 percent during the losing streak.

 

PORTLAND (89): Udoka 2-5 1-2 7, Randolph 8-16 10-13 26, Magloire 1-5 0-0 2, Webster 2-2 0-0 5, Jack 1-7 6-7 8, Dixon 6-12 1-2 15, Outlaw 3-9 2-2 8, Aldridge 3-5 1-4 7, Dickau 0-0 0-0 0, Graham 4-10 1-1 9, Rodriguez 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 31-73 22-31 89.

MINNESOTA (101): Hassell 3-4 1-2 7, Garnett 6-15 8-11 20, Blount 3-7 1-2 7, R.Davis 11-18 5-7 27, James 5-11 4-4 15, Smith 2-3 1-2 5, Hudson 2-7 2-2 8, Griffin 0-2 0-0 0, Jaric 2-4 0-0 4, Reed 1-3 0-0 2, Madsen 1-1 0-0 2, Foye 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 38-78 22-30 101.

Portland 11 23 26 29 - 89

Minnesota 30 22 26 23 - 101

3-Point Goals-Portland 5-10 (Dixon 2-3, Udoka 2-3, Webster 1-1, Jack 0-1, Graham 0-2), Minnesota 3-8 (Hudson 2-4, James 1-3, R.Davis 0-1). Fouled Out-Outlaw, Garnett. Rebounds-Portland 41 (Randolph 9), Minnesota 58 (Garnett 13). Assists-Portland 20 (Rodriguez 8), Minnesota 27 (Garnett 7). Total Fouls-Portland 26, Minnesota 27. Technicals-Portland Defensive Three Second, Minnesota Defensive Three Second 2. A-15,761. (19,006).

Hornets 94, Bobcats 85

OKLAHOMA CITY - Peja Stojakovic scored a career-high 42, including 11 points in a 13-4 fourth-quarter surge. Adam Morrison, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, matched his career high with 21 points for Charlotte.

 

CHARLOTTE (85): Morrison 9-18 1-3 21, Wallace 0-5 1-2 1, Okafor 11-14 3-7 25, Knight 2-7 0-0 4, Felton 3-8 1-1 7, May 7-16 4-6 18, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Robinson 2-7 1-2 5, Carroll 0-0 2-2 2, Ely 0-0 0-0 0, Voskuhl 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 35-77 13-23 85.

NEW ORLEANS (94): Mason 3-11 2-3 8, Bass 1-4 0-2 2, Chandler 1-5 0-2 2, Paul 0-8 2-2 2, Stojakovic 15-22 7-8 42, Simmons 1-3 2-2 4, B.Jackson 5-10 3-5 14, Pargo 5-8 0-0 10, Butler 1-6 0-0 2, Johnson 3-9 1-2 8. Totals 35-86 17-26 94.

Charlotte 34 18 16 17 - 85

New Orleans 34 21 17 22 - 94

3-Point Goals-Charlotte 2-7 (Morrison 2-5, Felton 0-1, Knight 0-1), New Orleans 7-16 (Stojakovic 5-10, B.Jackson 1-1, Johnson 1-2, Paul 0-1, Pargo 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Charlotte 62 (Okafor 16), New Orleans 50 (Chandler 15). Assists-Charlotte 15 (Felton 5), New Orleans 15 (Paul 10). Total Fouls-Charlotte 25, New Orleans 21. A-16,623. (19,163).

 

Mavericks 111, Bulls 99

DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 and Erick Dampier had season highs of 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who earned their first home victory this season. Dallas won its third straight after an 0-4 start.

 

CHICAGO (99): Deng 10-13 4-5 24, Nocioni 4-7 1-2 11, Wallace 2-6 2-5 6, Hinrich 10-17 5-8 25, Duhon 1-6 0-0 2, Gordon 6-18 4-6 17, Brown 3-9 1-2 7, Sefolosha 0-4 0-0 0, Thomas 0-1 1-2 1, Allen 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 39-86 18-30 99.

DALLAS (111): Stackhouse 7-14 6-6 21, Nowitzki 10-19 11-11 31, Dampier 7-8 0-0 14, Terry 5-14 5-5 17, Dev.Harris 4-8 0-0 9, Ager 0-1 0-0 0, Buckner 3-7 2-2 8, An.Johnson 1-4 0-0 3, Diop 1-1 0-0 2, George 2-4 0-0 6, Barea 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-80 24-24 111.

Chicago 24 22 23 30 - 99

Dallas 30 22 25 34 - 111

3-Point Goals-Chicago 3-10 (Nocioni 2-3, Gordon 1-3, Hinrich 0-1, Duhon 0-3), Dallas 7-23 (George 2-2, Terry 2-8, Dev.Harris 1-3, Stackhouse 1-3, An.Johnson 1-3, Nowitzki 0-2, Buckner 0-2). Fouled Out-Nocioni. Rebounds-Chicago 48 (Deng 10), Dallas 51 (Dampier 13). Assists-Chicago 18 (Hinrich 6), Dallas 20 (Dev.Harris, Terry 5). Total Fouls-Chicago 22, Dallas 24. Technicals-Dallas Defensive Three Second, Nowitzki. A-20,274 (19,200).

Spurs 92, Rockets 84

HOUSTON - Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who rallied from 19 down in the third quarter. San Antonio has won its first four road games for the first time.

 

SAN ANTONIO (92): Bowen 1-3 0-0 2, Duncan 7-16 5-7 19, Oberto 1-1 1-2 3, Ginobili 7-13 3-4 19, Parker 4-13 0-0 8, Elson 6-8 0-0 12, Finley 3-8 2-2 8, Udrih 4-6 0-0 11, Horry 3-4 2-2 10, Barry 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 36-74 13-17 92.

HOUSTON (84): Battier 2-7 0-0 5, Howard 2-4 1-1 5, Yao 7-21 6-9 20, McGrady 10-25 2-4 26, Alston 5-10 0-2 12, Mutombo 2-5 0-0 4, Snyder 0-0 0-0 0, Head 2-8 1-2 6, Padgett 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 32-84 10-18 84.

San Antonio 23 20 28 21 - 92

Houston 27 29 19 9 - 84

3-Point Goals-San Antonio 7-13 (Udrih 3-3, Horry 2-2, Ginobili 2-5, Parker 0-1, Finley 0-2), Houston 10-23 (McGrady 4-7, Padgett 2-3, Alston 2-4, Battier 1-4, Head 1-5). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-San Antonio 55 (Duncan 15), Houston 47 (McGrady 8). Assists-San Antonio 17 (Parker 5), Houston 16 (McGrady 6). Total Fouls-San Antonio 18, Houston 13. A-18,289. (17,982).

Jazz 112, Clippers 90

SALT LAKE CITY - The Jazz is off to its best start in eight years, and got there by defeating the Clippers for the 33rd time in the last 34 meetings in Utah. Los Angeles was held without a field goal for 10:27 in the second half.

 

L.A. CLIPPERS (90): Ross 3-4 5-6 11, Brand 6-11 4-7 16, Kaman 1-2 1-2 3, Mobley 8-12 2-4 18, Cassell 6-14 0-0 12, Maggette 3-10 10-11 17, Livingston 0-4 0-0 0, Thomas 4-10 3-6 12, A.Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Singleton 0-0 1-2 1, Ewing 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-67 26-38 90.

UTAH (112): Brewer 5-7 2-5 12, Boozer 7-13 2-2 16, Okur 11-16 4-5 27, Miles 0-6 0-0 0, D.Williams 8-17 0-0 16, Fisher 2-5 4-4 8, Harpring 7-11 6-8 22, Collins 2-2 0-0 4, Araujo 0-2 1-2 1, Millsap 0-2 4-6 4, Brown 0-1 2-2 2, Powell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-82 25-34 112.

L.A. Clippers 23 31 18 18 - 90

Utah 25 28 26 33 - 112

3-Point Goals-L.A. Clippers 2-7 (Thomas 1-2, Maggette 1-3, Cassell 0-2), Utah 3-11 (Harpring 2-3, Okur 1-2, D.Williams 0-1, Brown 0-1, Fisher 0-1, Miles 0-3). Fouled Out-Kaman. Rebounds-L.A. Clippers 49 (Thomas 9), Utah 48 (Boozer 15). Assists-L.A. Clippers 17 (Cassell 5), Utah 25 (Boozer, D.Williams 7). Total Fouls-L.A. Clippers 28, Utah 30. Technicals-Mobley, Utah coach Sloan. A-16,852. (19,911).

 

LAKERS: Center Chris Mihm had surgery on his right ankle and the team said he is expected to recover in six to eight months.

TRAIL BLAZERS: A woman filed a $2-million civil lawsuit against forward Zach Randolph, claiming he sexually assaulted her. She filed a criminal complaint Aug. 14, but Multnomah (Ore.) County district attorney Mike Schrunk said in September he would not prosecute the case against Randolph, who was never named as a suspect by police.

Also, forward Darius Miles had surgery on his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.