DENVER — Carmelo Anthony won over the home crowd just before hitting the road.
Anthony gave the fans at the
Anthony had been subjected to jeers by the home crowd as trade talk intensified last week, but on this night, the Denver fans showed him plenty of love, especially when he was raining 3-pointers from all over the court as he put on a spectacular 23-point show in the third quarter.
Anthony’s career-best six threes all came in the third as the Nuggets turned a close game into a laugher — a reversal of their game in November when the Pacers made their first 20 shots of the third quarter and rolled to a 144-113 win in Indianapolis.
“We owed that team and we were looking to pay them back,’’ Denver’s Chauncey Billups said.
“It was embarrassing,’’ agreed Anthony. “Not just for me, but for the team. So, of course, that motivated me.’’
And when he found himself open over and over, he kept putting up 3-pointers and they kept popping the net, going 6 of 8 in all.
“They just kept leaving me open,’’ Anthony said. “The 3-ball was falling. I’ve been looking for the 3-ball for about a month and a half now.’’
Consider it located.
“I don’t know if it was the trade rumors slowing down, [but] he was making a lot of shots,’’ the Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough said. “He is Carmelo Anthony and he’s going to make shots.’’
Nene added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets. Hansbrough had 27 points and 10 rebounds.