DENVER (Ticker) -- Halftime did nothing to cool off rookie
Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets.
Anthony scored 23 points and was part of a huge run that carried
into the third quarter and lifted the Nuggets to a 108-87
victory over the Washington Wizards.
Voshon Lenard added 19 points for Denver (7-5), which moved two
games over .500 for the first time since it was 28-26 on
February 18, 2001. After finishing last in the NBA in scoring
last season, the Nuggets eclipsed 100 points for the fifth time
The game featured 13 ties and 10 lead changes until a 3-pointer
by Andre Miller gave Denver a 50-45 lead late in the first half
and started the decisive 20-5 run.
Anthony, who made 10-of-18 shots and handed out seven assists,
sank a 3-pointer to close the half and opened the third quarter
with a jumper. Lenard made a pair of 3-pointers, including one
that capped the burst at 67-50 with 6:41 left.
In the third quarter, the Nuggets shot 55 percent (11-of-20) and
held the Wizards to 27 percent (6-of-23).
Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points for Washington, which trailed by
20 points entering the fourth quarter and got no closer than 13
thereafter. The Wizards had a two-game winning streak snapped
as they opened a four-game road trip.