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'Melo, Camby power Nuggets past Warriors in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Earl Boykins calls the fourth quarter the
easiest time to play, and he made it look that way on Monday night.

Boykins scored 12 of his 16 points in the final period,
including nine in a row, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a
three-game losing streak by beating the Golden State Warriors
118-112.

"It's money time," Boykins said. "There are fewer possessions
and I haven't done anything for two weeks. I struggled in the first
half because I was a little overaggressive. I relaxed in the second
half and was able to hit some shots."

Carmelo Anthony added 28 points, Marcus Camby had 18 points and
15 rebounds for his 19th double-double, and Andre Miller scored 21
points to go with 11 assists as the Nuggets won their second
straight.

"It was an up-and-down game there for a while," Anthony said.
"They took a lot of 3s and they hit a lot of 3s. But that also
means long rebounds and we were able to get our transition game
going."

Jason Richardson had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors,
who dropped their fourth straight at home and season-high fifth in
a row overall. Mike Dunleavy had 24 points and Troy Murphy scored
17 of his 21 in the first half. Baron Davis had 16 points and 11
assists.

"We're having a really hard time defending people right now,"
Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "You can't give up 60
percent. You can't give up second shots. We're just making too many
mistakes."

Boykins, a former Warriors player, returned to the lineup after
missing six games with a left hamstring strain. He scored on four
consecutive possessions, including a 3-pointer, during a two-minute
span early in the fourth quarter to put Denver up 96-86 with 8:43
remaining.

"The first time I saw Earl be a force in the fourth quarter was
when he was with the Warriors a few years back," Denver coach
George Karl said. "I thought I'd rest some players and put in the
little guys. It worked out."

The teams combined for 81 first-quarter points, most in the NBA
this season. The Nuggets scored an NBA-best 44 points in the
quarter, while the Warriors' 37 points were their most in any
quarter since a 39-point effort in the third quarter of their
opening game against Atlanta.

"This is a game that's hard to believe you lost," said
Warriors rookie Ike Diogu, who scored 12 points. "It was a
must-win for us and we didn't get it done."

The teams combined to shoot 71.5 percent (30-for-42) in the
first quarter.

"It was fun," Miller said. "We wanted to keep the tempo up.
We had enough energy to score 44 points and that carried us for a
couple of quarters."

The game was also meaningful in a different way for Nuggets
guard Earl Watson, who added 10 points and six assists. He lived
with Davis in Los Angeles before attending UCLA.

"I'm very close with him. His grandmother is like my
grandmother," Watson said. "They took me in. It's always
competitive during the game. We save the fun for after."

The Warriors made their first nine 3-pointers en route to a
66-65 halftime lead. Derek Fisher missed a 24-footer from the
corner with 10 seconds remaining in the first half.

The 131 combined first-half points were the second-most in the
NBA this season behind the 133 scored by the New York Knicks and
Atlanta Hawks 11 days ago in Atlanta.

Watson hit a driving layup in the final seconds to give the
Nuggets an 84-83 advantage headed into the final quarter.

Game notes
Karl was 58-88 coaching the Warriors in 1986-88 and was one
of just two coaches (with Don Nelson) to lead the Warriors to a
playoff berth since 1976-77. ... The Warriors have been outscored
in the first quarter in 13 of their last 16 games. ... Anthony
scored 20 or more points for the 12th straight game, and is
averaging 28.2 for the month. ... Golden State hasn't allowed more
than 44 points since the Dallas Mavericks scored 46 in the fourth
quarter on March 13, 1995. ... Camby has 10 or more rebounds in 21
of the 24 games in which he's played.