Nuggets 86, 76ers 77

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Carmelo Anthony didn’t shoot all that well. Allen Iverson shot even worse.

Andre Miller had 23 points and Marcus Camby added 16 points and 17 rebounds, leading the Denver Nuggets to an 86-77 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

Anthony, the 19-year-old rookie, scored 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting. Iverson, back after missing one game with a knee injury, missed 16 of 22 shots and finished with 18 points.

“This is the NBA. Nobody’s perfect,” Anthony said.

Iverson said he probably shouldn’t have played because his knee limited his effectiveness.

“I couldn’t move around like I wanted to. I struggled all night,” Iverson said. “My best attribute is I’m quicker and faster than everybody else. Tonight I wasn’t even faster than their big men.”

Each of Denver’s starters scored in double figures as the vastly-improved Nuggets snapped a two-game losing skid.

“This was a great win for our team, having struggled the last two games,” Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said.

Kenny Thomas had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Snow had 14 points and 11 assists for the Sixers, who had won three straight. Glenn Robinson, who had missed the last 15 games with a sprained left ankle, had six points.

It was just the fifth time this season Iverson and Robinson played together.

“I didn’t have any rhythm,” Robinson said.

The teams combined for just 66 points in the second half after scoring 97 in the first half.

The Sixers, who trailed the entire second half, got within 76-70 on a driving layup by Iverson with 3:48 left. After a pair of free throws by Miller, Iverson hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 78-73. Miller then hit a jumper then made two free throws to give Denver a nine-point lead that put the game away.

“We pretty much jumped on them,” Miller said. “It was a team defensive effort.”

The Nuggets (14-8) are off to their best start since the 1989-90 season.

Philadelphia, despite a mediocre 12-11 record, still leads the Atlantic Division.

Denver closed out the first half with a 9-0 run to take a 54-43 lead. Miller had a driving layup and a 3-pointer to cap the run.

“We had a tough time carrying out our game plan,” Sixers coach Randy Ayers said. “Our transition defense was nonexistent in the first half. We had nooffensive rhythm down the stretch.”


Anthony is 10-of-36 in his last two games. … Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb received a standing ovation when he was introduced to the crowd in the second quarter. McNabb sat behind a basket with center Hank Fraley. Running backs Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter also were in attendance. … Sixers C Samuel Dalembert missed an alley-oop off a no-look pass from Snow midway through the second quarter. … The Nuggets had lost three straight to Philadelphia. … Sixers C Derrick Coleman hyperextended his left knee early inthe third quarter and didn’t return.

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8-12,  16 Pts
17 Rebs, 3 Assists
E. Snow E. Snow
5-11,  14 Pts
5 Rebs, 11 Assists

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