Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Thursday, October 30th
Nuggets85Final
Rockets102
Game 2: Friday, December 26th
Rockets94Final
Nuggets95
Game 3: Friday, April 2nd
Rockets100Final
Nuggets110
Game 4: Friday, April 9th
Nuggets103Final
Rockets106

Rockets 94

 

Nuggets 95

 

7:00 PM ET, December 26, 2003

Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 27 24 21 2294
DEN 19 18 33 2595

Top Performers

Houston: S. Francis 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Denver: C. Anthony 37 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Denver's only lead the final one

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Houston Rockets were so worried about rookie Carmelo Anthony, they made a hero of Voshon Lenard.

Anthony scored 22 of his season-high 37 points in the third quarter and Lenard made three clutch free throws with eight seconds left as the Denver Nuggets rallied for a 95-94 victory over the Rockets.

Anthony had the best game of his young career, making 13-of-22 shots, including 5-of-8 3-pointers, and 6-of-11 free throws. He did most of his damage in the third as the Nuggets rallied from a 16-point deficit.

Denver forged a 91-91 tie with 68 seconds left after Andre Miller and Earl Boykins made consecutive baskets. Houston's Maurice Taylor responded with a jumper, but Anthony made 1-of-2 free throws at the other end.

Steve Francis sank 1-of-2 from the line with 17 seconds to go for a 94-92 edge, but Rockets guard Cuttino Mobley inexplicably fouled Lenard on a 3-point attempt.

Lenard - a 79 percent free-throw shooter - sank all three attempts to give the Nuggets their only lead of the game.

Taylor missed a jumper from the left baseline at the buzzer as Houston failed to build on Thursday's victory over the league-leading Los Angeles Lakers.

Miller scored 22 points and Lenard finished with 17 as the Nuggets snapped a five-game losing streak to the Rockets.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
DEN
Points 94 95
FGM-FGA 37-75 (.493) 36-87 (.414)
3PM-3PA 6-13 (.462) 7-19 (.368)
FTM-FTA 14-19 (.737) 16-23 (.696)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-46 16-42
Assists 22 25
Turnovers 20 11
Steals 3 9
Blocks 8 6
Fast Break Points 1 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 16 (0/0)

Top Performers

Houston
Denver
Steve Francis Francis
Points: 14
Reb: 6
Ast: 10
Stl: 1
Blk: 1
Carmelo Anthony Anthony
Points: 37
Reb: 7
Ast: 2
Stl: 1
Blk: 0