Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Friday, November 21st
Game 2: Tuesday, March 9th

Wizards 87

(5-7, 2-4 away)

Nuggets 108


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, November 21, 2003

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 21 25 17 2487
    DEN 21 32 30 25108

    Top Performers

    WSH: G. Arenas 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Den: C. Anthony 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Nuggets score +100 again

    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 this season.

    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.

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