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Toronto at Denver

Anthony scores more than 30 again as Nuggets win at home

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Alex English sped up his pace in order to catch up with Carmelo Anthony.

The Toronto Raptors assistant coach had something he wanted to tell Anthony.

"I told Carmelo that I hope he breaks all my records," English said after Denver's 117-109 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. "He's that good of player."

Anthony scored 34 for his sixth straight game of 30 or more points. It ties the club record set by English, the former Nuggets star, who scored 30 or more in six straight during the 1982-83 season.

One day soon English thinks he'll be congratulating Anthony on breaking his Nuggets scoring record of 21,645 points.

"Records are meant to be broken," English said. "I hope he does it."

Anthony didn't even know he'd tied English's mark.

"Did I?" he said. "He's a legend. Im feeling good about my game right now."

Teammate Joe Smith hasn't seen anything like the hot streak Anthony's on right now.

"He shows me a lot every night," Smith said.

Chris Bosh and T.J. Ford -- Anthony's fellow classmates in the 2003 NBA draft -- certainly showed the Nuggets something Saturday night. Ford finished with 26 points and a career-high 18 assists. Bosh had 31 points and nine rebounds.

"That's quite a duo," Smith said.

Ford had 13 assists at halftime. His previous high for a game was 14 against Philadelphia on Nov. 1, 2005, while with Milwaukee. The team record is 19 by Damon Stoudamire against Houston in 1996.

Yet Ford's personal record for assists didn't matter considering the Raptors' fifth straight loss.

"Once again, when it's time for us to make a big play, we come up short," Ford said. "When someone makes a run in the fourth quarter, we have to keep our composure."

The Raptors trimmed Denver's 12-point fourth-quarter lead to four, 113-109, with 42.5 seconds left, but Eduardo Najera's layup sealed Denver's first home victory of the season.

"There was a lot of good and a lot of bad," Denver coach George Karl said.

Denver had seven players score in double figures, including Reggie Evans' first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 boards. J.R. Smith had 16 points, including four 3-pointers.

Even more, the Nuggets may have found someone to relieve some of the rebounding pressure caused by Kenyon Martin's season-ending right knee surgery. Joe Smith contributed 10 boards off the bench.

With Martin out and Nene missing his fourth straight game with a right knee contusion, the rebounds had to come from somewhere, and Smith figured it might as well be him.

"When I defend and rebound, I play," Smith said with a smile. "I want to stay on the floor."

Jorge Garbajosa recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

"T.J., Chris, Garbajosa, you can't ask for more out of them," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "We had a lot of good things. We've just got to build on it."

Anthony, who was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, entered the game as the league's second-leading scorer. He's not ruling out the possibility of a scoring title, even just eight games into the season.

"Anything can happen," said Anthony, who hit two of his three 3-pointers in the final quarter. "I'm just playing."

Notes

  • Raptors F Kris Humphries, a game-time decision, played only 9:46 due to a sprained right ankle, but had six points.
  • It's the first time this season the Raptors have played back-to-back nights.
  • Andre Miller sprained his right ankle in the fourth quarter, but came back to finish the game. He had 14 points.
  • Yakhouba Diawara hit three 3-pointers Saturday night. He was 0-for-8 from that distance coming into the game.
  • Denver's 117 points is a season-high.
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The Nuggets get 34 points from Carmelo, who goes 11-for-11 from the free throw line. (Getty Images)
The Nuggets get 34 points from Carmelo, who goes 11-for-11 from the free throw line. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Toronto (2-7) 36222625109
Denver (4-4) «38262528117
TOR:C. Bosh 31 Pts
TOR:J. Garbajosa 10 Reb
TOR:T. Ford 18 Ast
DEN:C. Anthony 34 Pts
DEN:R. Evans 12 Reb
DEN:A. Miller 6 Ast
Players of the Game
DenverToronto

C. Anthony

T. Ford
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
348626518
Toronto
C. Bosh, PF4111-229-1391331
J. Garbajosa, PF397-142-4106117
T. Ford, PG3810-166-6518326
F. Jones, SG374-132-243313
A. Parker, SG313-100-03128
M. Peterson, SG151-50-01102
K. Humphries, PF103-30-22036
J. Calderon, PG100-20-01130
R. Nesterovic, C91-20-00122
J. Graham, SF51-20-01022
A. Bargnani, PF51-20-01012
D. Martin, PGDid Not Play
P. Sow, PFDid Not Play
U. Slokar, PFDid Not Play
P. Tucker, SGDid Not Play
Totals 42-9119-27373223109
 46.2%70.4% 
Denver
C. Anthony, SF3910-1811-1186434
A. Miller, PG356-112-246514
J. Smith, SG316-190-031016
M. Camby, C282-60-09314
E. Najera, PF254-52-472410
R. Evans, PF234-72-4120410
Y. Diawara, SG214-90-022011
J. Smith, PF202-73-411147
E. Boykins, PG193-94-423211
D. Johnson, SGDid Not Play
K. Martin, PFDid Not Play
Nene, PFDid Not Play
J. Sampson, CDid Not Play
J. Hodge, SGDid Not Play
L. Kleiza, SFDid Not Play
Totals 41-9124-29582424117
 45.1%82.8% 
Other Games
Mia 93 Final
Atl 88
Char 83 Final
Orl 97
Cle 99 Final
Wash 111
Hou 92 Final
Det 104
Bos 122 Final
NY 118
Port 86 Final
NJ 68
NO 99 Final
Min 96
Mem 84 Final
Dal 89
Ind 102 Final
Mil 100
Pho 117 Final
Utah 120
Sea 95 Final
GS 107
Phi 97 Final
LAC 103