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Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009

'Melo's 50 points lift Nuggets

Seals victory with pair of clutch free throws against hapless Knicks

DENVER (AP) The last two points were the hardest for Carmelo Anthony.

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Record night: Denver's Carmelo Anthony goes up for a shot against New York's Wilson Chandler on Friday night. Anthony scored a career-high 50 as the Nuggets won 128-125. AP PHOTO

With the game in the balance, the crowd chanting "MVP! MVP!" and Anthony's sights set on an offensive milestone, the Nuggets forward sank a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining to finish off a career-high, 50-point performance and help Denver beat the New York Knicks 128-125 Friday night.

"They might have been the two toughest free throws I've shot in a while," Anthony said. "We've got the game on the line, 50, you're right there and you want to get it. If I didn't say I wanted to get it, I'd be lying to you. I'm right there. But most importantly they were two big free throws."

He wasn't kidding. Every point the Nuggets scored — Denver also got 32 from Chauncey Billups and 17 from J.R. Smith — was crucial to holding off a Knicks team that got 41 points from Al Harrington, one shy of his career high.

Kings 109, Nets 96

In Sacramento, the Nets dropped their 16th straight game to open the season, moving within one of matching the worst start in NBA history.

Celtics 116, Raptors 103

In Boston, Ray Allen scored 20 points for the Celtics and Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins had 18 apiece in a win over Toronto.

Chris Bosh had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors.

Mavericks 113, Pacers 92

In Indianapolis, Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points to lead Dallas over Indiana.

Indiana's Danny Granger, who missed the previous game with a sprained knee ligament, finished with 20 points.

Bobcats 94, Cavaliers 87

In Charlotte, Gerald Wallace had 31 points and 14 rebounds while outplaying LeBron James and leading the Bobcats over Cleveland.

James finished with 25 points for the Cavs.

Hawks 100, 76ers 86

In Philadelphia, Jamal Crawford scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead Atlanta past the 76ers.

Thaddeus Young scored 22 points for the Sixers.

Spurs 92, Rockets 84

In Houston, Tim Duncan had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Antonio McDyess added 15 points and 14 boards as the Spurs ran past the Rockets.

Wizards 94, Heat 84

In Miami, Antawn Jamison scored 24 points in his first game against the Heat this season, and passed 16,000 career points in Washington's win.

Clippers 104, Pistons 96

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Chris Kaman scored 26 points and Baron Davis added 25 to help Los Angeles top Detroit.

Suns 120, T-Wolves 95

In Minneapolis, Jason Richardson scored 22 points to help Phoenix send Minnesota to its 15th straight loss.

Thunder 108, Bucks 90

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 33 points and 12 rebounds as the Thunder beat Milwaukee.

Grizzlies 106, Blazers 96

In Portland, Zach Randolph scored 21 points and Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo added 19 each as Memphis beat the Blazers.

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