Nuggets 111,

Rockets 101

DENVER - Carmelo Anthony scored 38 points, his fifth straight 30-plus-point performance, and Denver overcame the loss of star guard Chauncey Billups to a groin injury to beat Houston.

Houston 21 30 27 23 – 101

Denver 25 33 27 26 – 111

   FG   FT   Reb   

HOUSTON Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Battier 30:57   4-8   0-0   1-4   4   5   11

Scola 27:02   4-5   1-2   1-8   1   1   9

Hayes 20:06   2-7   0-0   2-7   1   3   4

Brooks 30:12   7-15   6-7   0-1   7   1   23

Ariza 34:30   7-18   3-3   2-8   4   3   18

McGrady 7:35   0-1   0-0   0-0   0   1   0

Landry 27:19   5-10   2-2   3-6   0   5   12

Lowry 26:33   0-2   2-2   1-2   6   1   2

DAndersen 20:58   6-8   2-2   0-9   0   2   17

Budinger 13:38   0-4   2-2   0-0   1   4   2

Cook 0:35   1-2   0-0   0-0   0   1   3

Taylor 0:35   0-1   0-0   0-0   0   0   0

Totals 240:00   36-81   18-20   10-45   24   27   101

Percentages: FG .444, FT .900. 3-Point Goals: 11-28, .393 (D.Andersen 3-4, Battier 3-5, Brooks 3-6, Cook 1-1, Ariza 1-8, Lowry 0-1, McGrady 0-1, Budinger 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 21 (20 Pts). Blocked Shots: 5 (Battier 3, Budinger, Landry). Turnovers: 20 (Landry 4, Ariza 3, Brooks 3, Lowry 3, D.Andersen 2, Hayes 2, Budinger, McGrady, Scola). Steals: 7 (Battier 2, Lowry 2, Ariza, Brooks, Landry). Technical Fouls: Landry, 11:05 fourth.

   FG   FT   Reb   

DENVER Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Anthony 43:27   9-23   19-20   3-9   3   3   38

Martin 33:44   4-11   0-0   1-5   1   1   9

Nene 31:31   4-8   1-2   1-4   0   4   9

Billups 19:36   5-8   3-3   0-0   3   1   15

Afflalo 18:55   1-4   0-0   1-2   0   2   2

Smith 28:53   9-14   1-3   0-3   3   3   21

CAndersen 26:58   1-2   2-4   2-11   0   5   4

Lawson 21:43   3-8   0-0   3-3   6   1   6

Allen 3:47   1-1   0-0   1-2   1   0   2

Carter 11:26   2-4   0-0   0-0   1   2   5

Totals 240:00   39-83   26-32   12-39   18   22   111

Percentages: FG .470, FT .813. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Billups 2-3, Smith 2-5, Anthony 1-1, Carter 1-1, Martin 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 13 (16 Pts). Blocked Shots: 7 (C.Andersen 3, Martin 2, Anthony, Nene). Turnovers: 12 (Anthony 2, Nene 2, Smith 2, Afflalo, C.Andersen, Billups, Carter, Lawson, Martin). Steals: 10 (Nene 3, Lawson 2, Smith 2, Anthony, Billups, Carter). Technical Fouls: None.

A: 15,753 (19,155). T: 2:14. Officials: Tom Washington, Michael Smith, Kane Fitzgerald.