Together at last, Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson began their quest last night in Denver to prove two superstars can coexist.
So far, so very, very good.
Anthony scored 28 points in his return from a 15-game suspension for fighting and Iverson added 23 in the Nuggets' 115-98 rout of the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Nuggets jumped to a 20-point first-quarter lead, never trailing and turning it on in the fourth quarter with a series of alley-oop jams from Iverson to Anthony that capped the duo's debut.
More than five weeks after clocking the Knicks' Mardy Collins in a melee at New York that led to 10 ejections and seven suspensions, Anthony returned to a Denver lineup he hardly recognized. A day after Anthony's ban was announced, Denver acquired Iverson from Philadelphia.
With 7:30 left in the first quarter, Iverson had a breakaway for an easy basket but flipped the ball instead to Anthony running alongside him for a finger-roll that rocked the Pepsi Center.
Iverson floated an alley-oop lob that Anthony shoved one-handed through the hoop to make it 103-82 with 6:39 left, and they did it again two minutes later.
Heat 101, Knicks 83 -- Playing without their two All-Stars, host Miami scored a franchise-record 27 consecutive points to paste New York.
Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal watched as Miami raced to a 29-3 lead after 8 1/2 minutes. The Knicks missed 10 consecutive shots as their 3-2 lead became a 26-point deficit.
The Knicks cut the deficit to 15 by halftime and briefly to 6 in the fourth quarter. Williams sank a pair of 26-footers late to prevent a collapse by Miami.
Kings 88, Nets 87 -- Mike Bibby, who was 0 for 6 through three quarters, scored host Sacramento's last 15 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 10.3 seconds to play, and the Kings erased a 20-point deficit.
Jason Kidd had 18 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds in his eighth triple-double of the season, but missed a floating one-handed shot in the final seconds -- and the Nets' tip rattled in and out at the buzzer.
Pacers 98, Bulls 91 -- Jermaine O'Neal had 22 points and 10 rebounds as host Indiana snapped a four-game losing streak.
Magic 90, Cavaliers 79 -- Grant Hill scored 22 points, Dwight Howard added 18 with 13 rebounds, and visiting Orlando snapped a five-game losing streak.
Raptors 105, Bobcats 84 -- Chris Bosh scored 20 points and Jose Calderon had a season-high 19 points and 11 assists to lead host Toronto.
Jazz 106, Timberwolves 91 -- Mehmet Okur scored 28 and Carlos Boozer had 10 in a three-minute stretch of the fourth quarter to pace host Utah.