Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

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Game 1: Friday, January 2nd
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Game 2: Monday, February 2nd
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Game 3: Thursday, February 12th
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Game 4: Saturday, April 10th
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Trail Blazers 97

(21-25, 6-17 away)

Nuggets 116

(29-21, 19-8 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, February 2, 2004

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 21 36 21 1997
    DEN 36 23 28 29116

    Top Performers

    Por: Z. Randolph 28 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Den: C. Anthony 39 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Stl

    Portland's four-game wins streak halted

    DENVER (AP) -- One day after fellow rookie LeBron James scored a career-high 38 points, Denver's Carmelo Anthony did him one better.

    Anthony scored a career-high 39 points on 14-of-22 shooting, and the Nuggets ended the Portland Trail Blazers' four-game winning streak, 116-97 Monday night.

    Anthony's previous high was 37 points against Houston on Dec. 26.

    The two star rookies are good friends, though Anthony insisted he wasn't motivated by his Cleveland counterpart's performance.

    "There ain't no competition between us in scoring," Anthony said. "We won the game. That's all that matters.

    "My jumper was falling early, and I took advantage of what the defense gave me. They didn't double-team me as much as I expected, and that opened things up for me. Once I had 24 in the first half, I felt I had to go for 40. I missed a couple of free throws or I would have had 40."

    Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik pulled Anthony with 1:56 remaining.

    "Carmelo is making great progress in terms of his overall game," Bzdelik said. "He's running the court real well, and defensively he's doing some things that are good in terms of weakside help and awareness. We showed him some film of Scottie Pippen. And he's learning from all of that. He's doing a lot of great things for us outside of just scoring."

    Anthony's 39 points were the most by a Nuggets player since Nick Van Exel scored 44 on Nov. 1, 2001. Anthony's career high in his one year at Syracuse was 33 points.

    Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said Anthony "was great. That's a career high for him, 39 points, and he had a highlight-film 39 points. He was better than anybody that guarded him tonight. He made drives, he made jump shots, he made the game look easy."

    The Nuggets pulled away in the second half with runs of 15-6 and 17-5.

    Nene added 20 points and Voshon Lenard 13 as Denver posted its third straight win.

    Portland, hurt by 24 turnovers, was led by Zach Randolph's 28 points and 11 rebounds. Darius Miles had 20 points and Damon Stoudamire 13.

    Nuggets center Marcus Camby left the game early in the third quarter after bruising his left shoulder and did not return. He was listed as day-to-day.

    Denver's 15-6 run in the third quarter opened up an 81-69 lead. Lenard had seven points and Anthony five during the flurry, while Earl Boykins added a 3-pointer that just beat the shot clock. The Trail Blazers had 10 turnovers in the period.

    Qyntel Woods scored early in the final quarter, cutting the deficit to 89-82. But Denver responded with the next nine points, capped by Anthony's fast-break layup, and then scored eight of the game's next 13 points.

    Anthony finished the surge with an alley-oop fast-break basket on a pass from Jon Barry for a 106-87 lead with 4:42 remaining.

    Anthony had 16 points in the first quarter and the Nuggets shot 64 percent en route to a 36-21 lead. Portland had seven turnovers in the quarter.

    Anthony scored 10 straight Denver points early in the first as the Nuggets jumped out to a 16-8 lead. His driving slam dunk triggered an 8-0 run that produced a 28-14 lead.

    The Trail Blazers outscored Denver 36-23 in the second quarter, shooting 61 percent to cut the deficit to 59-57 at halftime. Wallace had 10 points in the quarter and Randolph eight.

    Anthony's alley-oop basket on a pass from Nene gave Denver a 48-36 lead midway through the second quarter, but Portland countered with a 9-0 surge that included four free throws by Randolph and Stoudamire's 3-pointer. Stoudamire's jumper at the buzzer cut the deficit to two.

    Game notes

    Lenard returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games with a strained right quadriceps. ... Anthony was named Western Conference rookie of the month for the third consecutive month. ... The loss also snapped the Trail Blazers' four-game road winning streak.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 116
    FGM-FGA 36-81 (.444) 40-75 (.533)
    3PM-3PA 3-8 (.375) 4-10 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 22-35 (.629) 32-42 (.762)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-48 6-33
    Assists 19 29
    Turnovers 24 12
    Steals 5 15
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 8 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 28
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 39
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0