DENVER (AP) -- Alex English sped up his pace in order to catch up
with Carmelo Anthony.
The Toronto Raptors assistant coach had something he wanted to
"I told Carmelo that I hope he breaks all my records," English
said after Denver's 117-109 victory over the Toronto Raptors on
Saturday night. "He's that good of player."
Anthony scored 34 for his sixth straight game of 30 or more
points. It ties the club record set by English, the former Nuggets
star, who scored 30 or more in six straight during the 1982-83
One day soon English thinks he'll be congratulating Anthony on
breaking his Nuggets scoring record of 21,645 points.
"Records are meant to be broken," English said. "I hope he
Anthony didn't even know he'd tied English's mark.
"Did I?" he said. "He's a legend. I'm feeling good about my
game right now."
Teammate Joe Smith hasn't seen anything like the hot streak
Anthony's on right now.
"He shows me a lot every night," Smith said.
Chris Bosh and T.J. Ford -- Anthony's fellow classmates in the
2003 NBA draft -- certainly showed the Nuggets something Saturday
night. Ford finished with 26 points and a career-high 18 assists.
Bosh had 31 points and nine rebounds.
"That's quite a duo," Smith said.
Ford had 13 assists at halftime. His previous high for a game
was 14 against Philadelphia on Nov. 1, 2005, while with Milwaukee.
The team record is 19 by Damon Stoudamire against Houston in 1996.
Yet Ford's personal record for assists didn't matter considering
the Raptors' fifth straight loss.
"Once again, when it's time for us to make a big play, we come
up short," Ford said. "When someone makes a run in the fourth
quarter, we have to keep our composure."
The Raptors trimmed Denver's 12-point fourth-quarter lead to
four, 113-109, with 42.5 seconds left, but Eduardo Najera's layup
sealed Denver's first home victory of the season.
"There was a lot of good and a lot of bad," Denver coach
George Karl said.
Denver had seven players score in double figures, including
Reggie Evans' first double-double of the season with 10 points and
12 boards. J.R. Smith had 16 points, including four 3-pointers.
Even more, the Nuggets may have found someone to relieve some of
the rebounding pressure caused by Kenyon Martin's season-ending
right knee surgery. Joe Smith contributed 10 boards off the bench.
With Martin out and Nene missing his fourth straight game with a
right knee contusion, the rebounds had to come from somewhere, and
Smith figured it might as well be him.
"When I defend and rebound, I play," Smith said with a smile.
"I want to stay on the floor."
"T.J., Chris, Garbajosa, you can't ask for more out of them,"
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "We had a lot of good things.
We've just got to build on it."
Anthony, who was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, entered the
game as the league's second-leading scorer. He's not ruling out the
possibility of a scoring title, even just eight games into the
"Anything can happen," said Anthony, who hit two of his three
3-pointers in the final quarter. "I'm just playing."
Raptors F Kris Humphries, a game-time decision, played only
9:46 due to a sprained right ankle, but had six points. ... It's
the first time this season the Raptors have played back-to-back
nights. ... Andre Miller sprained his right ankle in the fourth
quarter, but came back to finish the game. He had 14 points. ...
Yakhouba Diawara hit three 3-pointers Saturday night. He was
0-for-8 from that distance coming into the game. ... Denver's 117
points is a season-high.