Denver (36-29) at Indiana (32-29)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Mar 15, 2006
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The Denver Nuggets continue their grueling seven-game, 10-day road trip when they visit an Indiana Pacers team they’ve beaten just twice in Indianapolis since the 1988-89 season.

Denver began the trip with consecutive wins over Philadelphia and Toronto before losing to Boston on Sunday. The Nuggets, though, got back on track Monday by beating New York 108-96 for their fifth win in six games overall.

Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, including 12 in the third quarter when the game turned into a rout. Andre Miller added 16 points and Marcus Camby had 10 points and 18 rebounds for Denver, which played the second half without Kenyon Martin.

Martin has been troubled by knee and leg problems for much of the season and recently missed four games.

“We won our first two (on the trip). Lost one last night in Boston. Tonight we were more focused mentally and we came out here prepared to win this game,” said Anthony, who shot 13-for-21. “I think once we get everybody healthy we can go pretty far in the playoffs.”

The Nuggets have shot over 50 percent from the floor in five of their last six contests, and are averaging 103.5 points a game on the trip.

“I think we can go all the way,” Camby said. “I think we have a team assembled that can get the job done.”

Denver, which increased its lead over second-place Utah in the Northwest Division, meets Memphis Friday and New Orleans on Saturday before returning home to play San Antonio next Wednesday.

The Nuggets, however, must first face an Indiana team that has won 15 of the last 17 meetings in the series at Indianapolis.

The Pacers won for the second time in three games Monday, 97-83 over Orlando. Rookie Danny Granger came off the bench to score 21 points, leading five players in double figures, as Indiana maintained its hold on fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

“I’m feeling more comfortable out there every night,” said Granger, the 17th overall pick from New Mexico. “Before, I wasn’t looking to shoot. Now, I’m much more aggressive. I’m looking for the rebound. I’m looking for the good shot.”

Anthony Johnson scored 21 points, Peja Stojakovic and David Harrison had 14 each and Jamaal Tinsley added 12 for the Pacers.

“(It was a) very important game for us tonight,” Stojakovic said. “We had to come here and get it turned around right now. We’ve go to quit letting teams back in the game when we build up leads.”

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