DENVER CO - JANUARY 13: J.R. Smith #5 of the Denver Nuggets celebrates a three point basket against the Miami Heat at the Pepsi Center on January 13 2011 in Denver Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Heat 130-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Smith did most of his damage during the second quarter, and Anthony starred again despite constant rumors of his impending trade with New Jersey the likeliest destination. Nene added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Ty Lawson chipped in with 13 points for Denver, which has won two straight.
Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade added 16 for Miami, which played without its star LeBon James, who missed his first game in a Miami Heat uniform due to an ankle injury. James suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.
"Our offense is predicated a lot around [James]. It kind of threw us off a little bit," Wade said. "We'll just move on and hopefully he'll get healthy."
Neither team gained a competitive advantage in the opening period as Lawson and Chalmers exchanged treys in the final 12.4 seconds to keep Denver's edge at 26-23.
Miami scored the first two points of the second quarter, but Denver reeled off the next seven capped by Arron Afflalo's free throw. A three-pointer by Smith and Lawson's layup in transition pushed Denver to a 46-33 lead with just under five minutes left in the first half.
Lawson and Smith were at it again several minutes later, as the point guard slashed to the hoop for an easy bucket and Smith again stepped outside and buried a trey for a 57-40 lead. Smith made his fourth three-pointer of the period just before the halftime buzzer for a 60-43 lead.
"Whenever teams play zone my eyes really get big," Smith said. "I take offense to it when people play zone against us. We got open looks, shot it and they went in."
Denver ran out to an 83-58 lead with seven successive points, totaling a 23-15 scoring stretch to begin the third period. The Nuggets led by as many as 32 points in the third stanza at 96-64 on Anthony's slam.
The Nuggets went through the motions in the fourth quarter on their way to a resounding victory.
Miami dropped to 2-2 on its five-game road excursion...Denver has won 14 of the last 17 meetings with the Heat...Denver made 53.3 percent of its shots and 15 three-pointers, while Miami connected on 46.1 percent of its shots and 10 three-pointers...Afflalo scored 14 points and Chauncey Billups, also involved in trade rumors, scored just six points but dished out 13 assists to zero turnovers.
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In doing research prior to tonight's game between the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat, I discovered that during the offseason the Heat signed a guard away from the Cleveland Cavaliers and a forward from the Toronto Raptors. Apparently this was a big deal, as I found no less than a kazillion articles on the acquisitions.
Tonight's match-up will feature four of the top five picks in the 2003 NBA draft, as first overall pick LeBron James joins fourth and fifth picks Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to share a court with third overall pick Carmelo Anthony. Throw in perennial All Star Chauncey Billups and this might be one of the most star-laden games in NBA history. The pure ability of these five players would match up favorably against the starters in any game in recent history.
While the Heat (30-9) grabbed most headlines during the offseason for their player moves, the Nuggets (21-16) are now the team in the spotlight as rumors of mega-deals are capturing national attention. If the rumors hold true - and all signs point to them coming to fruition - this will be the last time that a composition of such talent is seen on the Pepsi Center floor.
The game tips at 8:30 p.m. MT but is worth staying up late to watch. If you can't get tickets to the hottest game in town, you can watch from the warmth of your house during the national TNT broadcast.