Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points to surpass 2,000 for his career, and the Nuggets controlled Shaquille O'Neal with double-teams to defeat the Miami Heat, 104-95, last night in Denver.
Anthony shot 12 for 19 with 5 assists and 4 steals, and Earl Boykins added 16 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals.
O'Neal, defended by Marcus Camby and Kenyon Martin, was 5 for 10 from the field and 2 for 8 from the free throw line for 12 points. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 26 points. Denver took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter but had it cut to 83-78 after Eddie Jones's 3-pointer and a dunk by O'Neal. Anthony blocked Jones's layup and followed it with a jumper to start a 9-0 run for a 92-78 lead with 4:13 remaining.
Spurs 104, Bucks 83 -- Tim Duncan's 20 points led San Antonio over host Milwaukee for its seventh straight victory. The Spurs improved to 15-3 for the best start in franchise history. The Bucks lost for the ninth time in 10 games despite 10 points by Joe Smith in his return after missing three games with hip and groin injuries.
Timberwolves 107, Clippers 100 -- Sam Cassell scored 8 of his season-high 30 points in overtime and Kevin Garnett added 22 points and 15 rebounds, helping Minnesota beat host Los Angeles for its fifth straight victory. Eddie Griffin had 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Minnesota, which went 4-0 on its road trip and snapped the Clippers' five-game winning streak.
Corey Maggette tied a career high with 34 points for Los Angeles, but the Clippers committed 20 turnovers.
Warriors 104, Pacers 96 -- Mickael Pietrus collected 15 points and six rebounds off the bench as Golden State ended a four-game losing streak by beating Indiana, which got 23 points from Reggie Miller in his season debut.
Mavericks 109, Jazz 86 -- Dirk Nowitzki followed up his 53-point outburst with 30 points and seven rebounds as Dallas routed visiting Utah.
Wizards 95, Bulls 88 -- Gilbert Arenas scored a season-high 34 points, and Larry Hughes padded his NBA lead with 7 of his team's 17 steals to rally host Washington over Chicago.
Rockets 77, 76ers 76 -- Tracy McGrady had 17 points, including the winning basket with 25 seconds to play, as Houston ended a five-game losing streak by edging visiting Philadelphia.
Pistons 92, Hornets 69 -- Ben Wallace made nine of his first 10 shots, even hitting an unusual off-balance fade off the glass, and finished with 22 points to send Detroit past host New Orleans.
Cavaliers 105, Raptors 97 -- Drew Gooden scored 27 points and LeBron James had 27, his final field goal coming on a monstrous dunk that sent Cleveland past Toronto for its seventh straight home win.
SuperSonics 99, Trail Blazers 89 -- In Seattle, Rashard Lewis and Vladimir Radmanovic each scored 20 points as the SuperSonics improved to 15-3 by downing Portland.
Magic 96, Grizzlies 91 -- Grant Hill had 23 points and seven assists as Orlando took advantage of visiting Memphis's 23 turnovers.
Bobcats 107, Knicks 101 -- Steve Smith scored 20 points and hit two clutch shots in the final three minutes as host Charlotte overcame a 41-point performance from Jamal Crawford and defeated New York.
Nets 109, Hawks 88 -- Eric Williams scored 21 points and New Jersey shot a season-high 54.4 percent from the field in whipping visiting Atlanta, the Hawks' ninth straight loss.