January 5, 2009

NBA: Denver 135, Indiana 115

Chauncey Billups had 24 points and 11 assists Monday to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 135-115 victory over Indiana.

Kenyon Martin added 25 points and seven rebounds and Carmelo Anthony had 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won four straight and six of their last seven. Nene had 18 points and six rebounds for Denver.

Danny Granger had 36 points and Troy Murphy had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost five of seven. Jarrett Jack added 17 points and Stephen Graham scored 16 in the loss.

With Denver leading 97-92 heading into the fourth quarter, Graham cut Indiana's deficit to three before the Nuggets went on a 9-0 run.