Anthony ignites on record night
Carmelo Anthony matched the NBA record for points in a quarter with 33 in the third and finished with a season-high 45 points in the Nuggets' 116-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night in Denver.
Anthony tied the league mark of 33 points set by San Antonio's George Gervin in the second quarter against New Orleans on April 9, 1978. Anthony broke the franchise record of 32 set by David Thompson against Detroit, also on April 9, 1978, when he and Gervin were dueling for the scoring title on the final day of the season.
"That was one of the greatest quarters I've ever been a part of," Anthony said. "The most important thing is we won the game."
Chauncey Billups added 22 points in Denver's eighth straight win over Minnesota.
Al Jefferson had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Randy Foye also scored 26 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost seven straight games and two in a row since Kevin McHale took over as head coach Monday.
Cavaliers 101, 76ers 93 - LeBron James scored 29 points, Mo Williams added a season-high 27, and Cleveland cruised in Philadelphia for its 10th consecutive win.
Anderson Varejao added 15 points for the Cavaliers, who are 18-1 in their last 19 games, 19-3 overall, and 7-3 on the road. They are one win shy of tying the franchise record of 11 straight wins set during the 1988-89 season.
But Cleveland may have something to worry about after center Zydrunas Ilgauskas limped to the locker room with 9:39 left in the fourth with a sprained left ankle. He did not return.
Spurs 95, Hawks 89 - Host San Antonio picked up its fourth straight victory as Manu Ginobili scored 27 points off the bench.
Ginobili, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year last season, returned to a reserve role after starting the previous four games. He looked fresh in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points and knocking down four free throws in the final 20 seconds.
Lakers 115, Suns 110 - Pau Gasol scored 28 points and Kobe Bryant had 7 of his 18 points in the last 6 1/2 minutes for host Los Angeles.
The shorthanded Suns played without Raja Bell, Boris Diaw, and Sean Singletary, traded to Charlotte earlier, and Phoenix was also without Shaquille O'Neal, whose 92-year-old great-grandmother died this week.
Warriors 119, Bucks 96 - Stephen Jackson scored 21 points as host Golden State won its second straight after a nine-game losing streak.
Knicks 121, Nets 109 - Al Harrington scored a season-high 39 points and Tim Thomas also had his best game of the season with 26 points as New York rallied past host New Jersey.
Hornets 105, Bobcats 89 - Chris Paul provided 15 points and 15 assists to lead host New Orleans to its seventh victory in eight games, beating a Charlotte team that traded its leading scorer, Jason Richardson, earlier in the day.
Raptors 101, Pacers 88 - Jason Kapono scored a season-high 25 points and Chris Bosh added 21 points and 10 rebounds as host Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak to give interim coach Jay Triano his first victory.
Grizzlies 108, Thunder 102 - Rudy Gay had 22 points and Mike Conley scored 14 of his 16 points in fourth quarter as visiting Memphis won back-to-back games for the first time this season.