Denver (3-5) at New Orleans (2-4)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Wed Nov 16, 2005
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A knee injury could keep Kenyon Martin out of the lineup as the Denver Nuggets try to earn their first road win of the season against the New Orleans Hornets in Oklahoma City.

Martin sat out of Denver’s 102-91 win Sunday over the Minnesota Timberwolves with tendinitis in his left knee.

The Nuggets forward played just eight minutes Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks because of a flare-up in the same knee. Martin, who’s day-to-day, missed 12 games last season with the same injury.

Denver fell to 0-4 on the road this season after Tuesday’s 83-80 loss to the Mavericks. Dallas center DeSagana Diop blocked a go-ahead layup attempt by Carmelo Anthony with 2.9 seconds left.

Martin had three rebounds and two points, going 1-for-4 in limited minutes.

Anthony led Denver with a season-high 24 points and Andre Miller added 17. Marcus Camby had 11 points and nine rebounds in his first game since being named Western Conference player of the week, and reserve Eduardo Najera had six points and 10 rebounds.

Camby leads the league with 13.5 rebounds a game and his 3.5 blocks per game lead the team.

The Nuggets the season series from the Hornets last season.

New Orleans has lost three straight since surprising the Houston Rockets 91-84 on Nov. 5.

The Hornets pushed the Miami Heat to the limit Tuesday before falling 109-102 in overtime.

“We have to learn how to win, how to keep playing and keep fighting,” coach Byron Scott said. “In the last two or three minutes of the game, somebody has to step up and say, ‘We’re not going to lose this game.”’

P.J. Brown scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Hornets. David West scored a career-high 16 points and Chris Paul added 16 to go along with 10 assists.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 15): Nuggets - 4th place, 1/2 GB, Northwest Division. Hornets - 5th place, 3 GB, Southwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Nuggets - F Anthony, F Francisco Elson, C Camby, G DerMarr Johnson, G Miller. Hornets - F Bostjan Nachbar, F West, C Brown, G Paul, G J.R. Smith.

TEAM LEADERS: Nuggets - Anthony, 18.8 ppg; Camby, 13.5 rpg; Miller, 7.9 apg. Hornets - Claxton, 16.7 ppg; Brown, 9.3 rpg; Paul 5.7, apg.

2004-2005 SEASON SERIES: Nuggets, 4-0.

LAST MEETING: April 13; Nuggets, 116-102. At Denver, Anthony scored 19 points to lead seven players in double figures for the Nuggets. Earl Boykins added 16 points and 11 assists for Denver.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Nuggets - 0-4 on the road; Hornets - 1-2 at home.

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