Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/18

Game 1: Saturday, November 18th
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Nuggets117
Game 2: Friday, March 23rd
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Raptors121

Raptors 109

(2-7, 0-5 away)

Nuggets 117

(4-4, 1-2 home)

    Coverage: ALT

    7:00 PM ET, November 18, 2006

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 36 22 26 25109
    DEN 38 26 25 28117

    Top Performers

    Toronto: T. Ford 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 18 Ast, 2 Stl

    Denver: C. Anthony 34 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Carmelo has sixth straight 30-plus game in Nuggets' win

    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 tell Anthony.

    "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 season.

    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 does it."

    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."

    Jorge Garbajosa recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

    "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 season.

    "Anything can happen," said Anthony, who hit two of his three 3-pointers in the final quarter. "I'm just playing."

    Game notes


    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    DEN
    Points 109 117
    FGM-FGA 42-91 (.462) 41-91 (.451)
    3PM-3PA 6-24 (.250) 11-27 (.407)
    FTM-FTA 19-27 (.704) 24-29 (.828)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-37 18-58
    Assists 32 24
    Turnovers 8 20
    Steals 11 6
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 27 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (3/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 6 12

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Denver
    T.J. Ford Ford
    Points: 26
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 18
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 34
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1