Denver (11-7) at Toronto (7-14)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Fri Dec 10, 2004
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Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets appear ready to do some major damage on the team’s longest road trip of the season.

Anthony looks to continue his recent hot shooting when the Nuggets take on the Toronto Raptors, who will be without swingman Vince Carter.

Denver opened its season-high seven-game road trip Wednesday with an exciting 111-105 victory at Washington.

Anthony, playing in front of friends and family from his native Baltimore, scored 23 points. He’s averaging 26.3 points while shooting 56.6 percent (30-of-53) in his last three games.

“We know how important this long road trip is going to be for us,” Anthony said. “We were tired of playing at home. We wanted to get out on the road. We came out tonight and just got up and down the floor.”

Andre Miller scored a season-high 34 points for Denver, which has won nine of 11 following a 2-5 start. Miller has found his scoring touch, combining for 63 points in the Nuggets’ last two games.

“That’s why we had so much energy, because everybody wanted to get out on the road,” Miller said. “We hope to win five or better on this trip.”

The Nuggets will also visit New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami and Orlando.

Denver gets a break Friday by not having to face Carter, the Raptors’ leading scorer.

The disgruntled star swingman, who has been the subject of trade rumors, left Wednesday’s 90-86 overtime loss at Detroit after injuring his left Achilles’ tendon early in the second half. Carter is expected to miss at least two games.

“He’s our best player and he’s out, if he’s out … it’s going to hurt us, there’s no way around it,” Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. “Guys coming off the bench haven’t scored like Vince has scored, or done the things he’s done so it will hurt us.”

Toronto is back home after completing a six-game road trip with the loss to Detroit, its fifth straight. The Raptors blew an 80-77 lead late in regulation, and the losing is taking its toll.

“Moral victories are getting old,” Raptors guard Jalen Rose said. “We’ve got to find a way to seize the moment and get games like this.”

Three of the last four losses on the trip were by four points or less.

Denver is seeking to snap a four-game losing streak in Toronto, dating to a 95-91 win on Feb. 18, 2000. The Nuggets also are looking to sweep the two-game season series from the Raptors for the first time since 1999-2000.

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