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Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009

Anthony scores 42, sparks Denver

DENVER (AP) Carmelo Anthony extended his torrid start with 42 points in the Denver Nuggets' 133-123 shootout win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

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Clear path: Celtics forward Kevin Garnett goes up for a dunk as Hornets forward David West and Boston's Paul Pierce look on in first-half action on Sunday. The Celtics defeated Charlotte 97-87. AP PHOTO

The Nuggets are 3-0 thanks to 'Melo, whose game has only gotten better since the spring, when he led Denver to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the champion Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

Instead of setting up on the block and posting up like he used to, Anthony is getting to the rim from the perimeter when he's not swishing jumpers, and that's made him much harder to defend.

O.J. Mayo scored a career-high 40 points for Memphis.

Denver's Chauncey Billups chipped in with 22 points and 12 assists, and Nene had 18 and Kenyon Martin 16.

All five of the Grizzlies' starters scored in double figures, including Marc Gasol, who had a 20-point game.

But this was the 'Melo vs. Mayo Show, and the sixth-year veteran outlasted the second-year pro.

Suns 120, Timberwolves 112

In Phoenix, Channing Frye hit six 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Jason Richardson had 23 points in his first game following a two-game suspension and the undefeated Suns beat Minnesota.

Grant Hill had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix.

Ryan Gomes led Minnesota with 23 points. Al Jefferson scored 21 but hit only 9-of-23 shots.

Celtics 97, Hornets 87

In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 27 points as the Celtics continued their unbeaten start to the season with a victory over New Orleans.

Chris Paul had 22 points and eight assists for the Hornets, and then had to be held back after the game when he tried to follow the Celtics off the court to their locker room. Paul and Boston point guard Rajon Rondo also exchanged words in the second quarter, drawing matching technical fouls.

Heat 95, Bulls 87

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 25 points to push his career total to 10,005, while Udonis Haslem had 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench as the Heat improved to 3-0.

Carlos Arroyo scored 12 points, Mario Chalmers added 11 and Michael Beasley overcame a 3-of-12 shooting night to finish with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which took the lead for good on a jumper by Wade with 3:01 remaining.

Magic 125, Raptors 116

In Toronto, Jameer Nelson scored 30 points, J.J. Redick had a career-high 27 and Orlando used a season-high 17 3-pointers to beat the Raptors.

Dwight Howard had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Ryan Anderson scored 20 and the Magic remained unbeaten from three NBA games following an 8-0 run in the preseason.

Chris Bosh led Toronto with 35 points and 16 rebounds while Andrea Bargnani had 26, including 22 in the second half.

Trail Blazers 83, Thunder 74

In Oklahoma City, Steve Blake scored 18 points and Brandon Roy finished with 16 as Portland earned a split of a two-game trip.

Roy made just four of his first 16 shots before finally finding a way to hurt Oklahoma City at the free-throw line. While Kevin Durant continued to misfire on jump shots for the Thunder, Roy worked his way into the lane repeatedly to earn trips to the foul line and help the Blazers pull away.

Lakers 118, Hawks 110

In Los Angeles, veteran star Kobe Bryant had 41 points and eight rebounds, Andrew Bynum added 21 points and the Lakers pulled away with 18 consecutive third-quarter points for a victory over Atlanta.

Lamar Odom had 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the defending NBA champions, who bounced back from a loss to Dallas with an overwhelming second half in the Hawks' first defeat.

Joe Johnson scored 18 of his 27 points in the first quarter for Atlanta, which opened a four-game road trip with an embarrassing third quarter before a late run made the score respectable.

Rookie point guard Jeff Teague also made another strong impression with 12 points in the fourth quarter of the Hawks' fourth straight loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.



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