LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Voshon Lenard scored 10 of his 26
points in a big first quarter that carried the Denver Nuggets to
a 98-86 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Andre Miller added 19 points in his first road game against his
former team and rookie Carmelo Anthony chipped in 12 and 10
rebounds as Denver recorded its third straight win.
Miller signed with the Nuggets over the summer after one season
in Los Angeles. He had 13 points in the first meeting with the
Clippers, a 104-102 overtime loss at Denver on November 7, but
fared better in the rematch.
Miller made 6-of-10 shots from the field and handed out seven
assists, helping Denver extend the Clippers' losing streak to
The win proved costly, however, as Marcus Camby left in the
first half with a strained groin.
Corey Maggettte led Los Angeles with 22 points and Melvin Ely
had a season-high 15. But the Clippers fell behind, 32-17,
after the opening quarter and never recovered.
Despite the promise of at least a seventh game, Saturday night's Game 6 in Oklahoma City carries a feel of must-win for the Thunder.
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