Nuggets dismiss Mavs
DENVER - Behind 30 points from Carmelo Anthony and 28 from Chauncey Billups, the Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks, 124-110, last night to wrap up their semifinal series in five feisty games, and head to their first Western Conference finals since 1985.
The Nuggets, who are 8-2 in the playoffs after tying their franchise record with a 54-win regular season, will face either the Lakers or the Rockets for the conference championship.
"It's special. We worked hard in the offseason and training camp and throughout," Anthony said. "We stuck to everything, we overcame adversity, we stayed humble and our hard work paid off."
Winners of 16 straight games at the Pepsi Center, where no opponent has won since March 9, the Nuggets will start their next series on the road if the Lakers win, and at home if Houston does. The Lakers lead the series, 3-2, with Game 6 tonight in Houston.
"It's not over, we're still on the road man," Billups said. "We are moving on to bigger and better things and hopefully we can remain successful."
Dirk Nowitzki had his usual monster game, scoring 32 points - he averaged 34.4 in the series.