March 14, 2006

Anthony leads Nuggets past struggling Knicks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high
35 points to guide the surging Denver Nuggets to a 108-96
victory over the New York Knicks on Monday at Madison Square
Garden, their fifth win in six games.

Marcus Camby had 10 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks
against his former team while Earl Boykins came off the bench
to contribute 15 points to the Denver effort.

Stephon Marbury had 25 points and seven assists and
Channing Frye had 16 for the struggling Knicks, who have lost
eight of their last 10.

The Knicks managed to stay with the Nuggets through the
opening two quarters, trailing 61-56 at the half, but Denver
stamped their authority on the contest in the third to open up
a 15-point cushion.

Denver improved their lead to as much as 20 points in the
final quarter then coasted the rest of the way.

In Houston, Vince Carter nailed 29 points and Jason Kidd
had a triple-double sparking the New Jersey Nets to a 90-77 win
over the Houston Rockets.

Kidd finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to
record his sixth triple-double of the season and 73rd of this

Yao Ming had a game high 36 points and pulled down nine
rebounds for the Rockets.

In Indianapolis, Anthony Johnson and Danny Granger each had
21 points David Harrison and Peja Stojakovic both added 14
leading the Indiana Pacers past the Orlando Magic 97-83.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Anaheim)