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.