Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/23

Game 1: Monday, January 23rd
Game 2: Friday, March 10th

Nuggets 108

(35-28, 14-16 away)

Raptors 97

(21-41, 11-19 home)

    Coverage: ALT

    7:00 PM ET, March 10, 2006

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 25 25 26 32108
    TOR 26 21 21 2997

    Top Performers

    Denver: A. Miller 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

    Toronto: M. James 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Miller leads shorthanded Nuggets past Raptors

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets were missing their starting frontcourt and still easily beat the Toronto Raptors.

    Andre Miller scored 23 points, and the Nuggets overcame the loss of Carmelo Anthony to beat the Raptors 108-97 on Friday night.

    Anthony didn't return after leaving the game in the third quarter with a strained left hamstring. He went to the dressing room and later tried riding a stationary bike.

    His hamstring flared up after Thursday night's victory in Philadelphia, but he said he'll play Sunday in Boston.

    "I couldn't sleep last night due to the pain. I tried to go out there and play tonight, but by the third quarter it started tightening up on me," Anthony said.

    The Nuggets were already missing center Marcus Camby -- who dressed but didn't play because of a strained Achilles'. Forward Kenyon Martin missed his fourth straight with left knee tendinitis.

    "It was time for us to step up. We played team basketball," said Reggie Evans, who was scoreless but grabbed 20 rebounds in 39 minutes.

    Evans is the first player with 20 rebounds in a scoreless game since Dennis Rodman did it for Chicago on Dec. 15, 1997, against Phoenix.

    Earl Boykins had 18 points and Greg Buckner added 17 for the Nuggets.

    Denver compensated for the loss of its frontcourt by going 10-for-19 from beyond the 3-point arc. Buckner made five 3-pointers and Boykins made four.

    "Our bench came through," Anthony said.

    Mike James led Toronto with 26 points, but he fouled out with 4:16 left.

    Morris Peterson added 20 points and Chris Bosh had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost nine of 10.

    Fans booed the Raptors in the fourth quarter.

    "We out outhustled," Peterson said. "We allowed Reggie Evans to get 20 rebounds."

    Buckner had nine points as Denver went on a decisive 14-4 run, taking a 15-point lead with 8:41 left.

    Boykins had 13 points in the second half and Buckner had 12 -- making up for the loss of Anthony -- who left 8:09 left in the third.

    The Nuggets improved to 19-4 when Boykins scored at least 15 points.

    Miller also had eight assists and five rebounds for the Nuggets, who played the second of a season-high seven-game road trip. They beat Philadelphia on Thursday night.

    James' 3-pointer early in the first quarter tied the NBA record for most consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal. The record of 594 was set by the Miami Heat. The Raptors can set a new NBA record Sunday when they face Indiana.

    Game notes

    Toronto coach Sam Mitchell wasn't asked about it again, but he brought up the fact he was voted worst coach in a poll of 248 NBA players by Sports Illustrated. "People have been taking shots at us all year," the second-year coach said. "As long as the people you work for respect what your doing and know who and what you really are, that's all you have to concern yourself with, and eventually over time the good news will get out." New general manager Bryan Colangelo said when he was hired that Mitchell would be given a clean slate. ... James dunked over Andre Miller in the third quarter -- his first dunk of the year.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 97
    FGM-FGA 41-78 (.526) 34-84 (.405)
    3PM-3PA 10-19 (.526) 11-28 (.393)
    FTM-FTA 16-21 (.762) 18-27 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-45 13-40
    Assists 17 20
    Turnovers 9 5
    Steals 2 4
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 8 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 16 2

    Top Performers

    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 23
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Mike James James
    Points: 26
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0