Nuggets Schedule: Denver Defeats Los Angeles Clippers, 111-104, On Carmelo Anthony's 30 Points

Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets take on a Los Angeles Clippers team that recently won its first game of the season. Now is not the time to see that second victory.

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Carmelo Anthony, Al Harrington Lead Nuggets To 111-104 Victory Over Clippers

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony netted 30 points and had six assists to pace the Denver Nuggets over the Los Angeles Clippers, 111-104.

Al Harrington added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Arron Afflalo scored 16 for Denver, which has alternated wins and losses through its first five games.

Blake Griffin continues to shine in his first season, logging 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who were coming off their first win, a surprising 107-92 win over Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Eric Bledsoe scored 12 points and dished out 13 assists in defeat.

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Nuggets' Nene A Game-Time Decision Against Clippers

Denver Nuggets center Nene missed Wednesday’s game with a groin strain, and his status for tonight is a game-time decision. Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post reports that Gary Forbes, who scored 12 points and added three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block, will not start the game if Nene cannot go. The Clippers have a tall front court with the 6-foot-10 Blake Griffin and the 7-foot Chris Kaman

The only hint coach George Karl has given to the potential starter is that the player will be big. Hochman suggests Melvin Ely or Al Harrington could start in Nene’s place. However, Karl would prefer Harrington to stay in his bench rotation.

Ely played in the first two games of the season and totaled three points and three rebounds in 16 minutes. Harrington averages 16.3 points off the bench, second-best on the team, and five rebounds. The injured Nene is averaging 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games.

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