With roughly six minutes to play, the Denver Nuggets led the Orlando Magic, 92-91. Vince Carter had just made a successful three-point shot, but the Nuggets didn’t wilt away from the challenge. Instead, the team went on a 19-3 run to end the game, winning 11-94.
Carmelo Anthony put up a double-double, scoring 35 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He was 14-of-21 from the field. Nene also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Ty Lawson filled in for the ailing Chauncey Billups and added 16 points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal. Arron Afflalo scored 15 points, had four rebounds and made four assists.
The Denver bench contributed 33 points, 16 from J.R. Smith and 12 from Al Harrington (who grabbed seven rebounds). The team shot 53.8 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from three-point territory.
For Orlando, J.J. Redick led the team in scoring with 29 points. Center Dwight Howard added 21 points and 14 rebounds. Vince Carter has 18 points.
The Denver Nuggets (15-9, 11-1 home) host the NBA’s best team, the San Antonio Spurs (20-3), on TNT this Thursday, Dec. 16 at 8:30 p.m. MT.