Denver at New Jersey

Denver wins on road as Iverson gets help from super subs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Allen Iverson and three not as well-known backups got the Denver Nuggets a much needed win.

Iverson had 26 points, nine assists, and combined with Linas Kleiza, J.R. Smith and Eduardo Najera on a 14-1 fourth-quarter spurt that carried the Nuggets to a 125-114 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.

"We've been struggling, losing two on the road and we just wanted to do anything to get a win," Iverson said after scoring 21 second-half points to help the Nuggets break a two-game losing streak.

The Nuggets needed every one of those points after blowing a 17-point third-quarter lead and eventually falling behind by two.

"Welcome to Denver Nuggets land," coach George Karl said. "We play so fast, sometimes it's good and sometimes it's dangerous."

Iverson and company made sure this one didn't slip away.

Iverson and Smith each hit two free throws in the final minute to put Denver ahead 93-90 entering the final quarter.

The start of the fourth quarter belonged to the Nuggets. Iverson and Smith hit driving layups and Kleiza hit a floater in the lane and a drive to push the advantage to 101-90. Najera hit a 3-pointer and Iverson converted a three-point play after Vince Carter hit a free throw for a 107-91 lead.

"My teammates hitting shots opened it up for me," Iverson said. "Once J.R. and L.K. hit shots that enabled me to get in the lane and make shots."

Karl could not say enough about Kleiza, Smith and Najera.

"It was one of those nights where our bench needed to come through and we did," said Kleiza, who scored 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-7 from long range.

Marcus Camby added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, while former Net Kenyon Martin and Carmelo Anthony had 17 points apiece.

Carter scored 32 points and Richard Jefferson added 29 for the Nets, who fell a half-game behind idle Atlanta in the race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Devin Harris added 16 points and a career-high 13 assists for New Jersey, which lost at home for the third time in 11 games.

Trailing 78-61 early in the third quarter, Carter led a 27-8 spurt that put New Jersey ahead 88-86 when Harris hit two free throws with 1:39 left in the quarter.

Kleiza took some of the steam out of the Nets with the fourth 3-pointers, putting Denver ahead 89-88.

Carter, who had 13 points in the quarter, hit two free throws to give the Nets their last lead at 90-89 with 1:11 to go.

Iverson, Kleiza, Smith and Najera took over after that.

New Jersey, which never got close after the Nuggets fourth-quarter run, got 19 points out of its bench.

"We showed some fight and got back into the game," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "But we are trying to win these games and for us, we just have to fight a little bit harder on the defensive end."

Notes

  • Nets C Nenad Krstic returned to the lineup after missing two games with the flu.
  • The Nuggets shot 54 percent from the field and almost 44 percent (7-of-16) from 3-point range.
  • Anthony scored only four points after the first quarter.
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Scoreboard
Denver (41-28) «33342632125
New Jersey (29-40) 25303524114
DEN:A. Iverson 26 Pts
DEN:M. Camby 10 Reb
DEN:A. Iverson 9 Ast
NJ:V. Carter 32 Pts
NJ:J. Boone 11 Reb
NJ:D. Harris 13 Ast
Players of the Game
New JerseyDenver

V. Carter

A. Iverson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
32652619
Denver
A. Iverson, SG458-1810-1119426
M. Camby, C396-144-5104416
C. Anthony, SF377-123-554217
K. Martin, PF338-151-482217
A. Carter, PG274-70-02638
L. Kleiza, SF239-110-240123
E. Najera, PF182-41-23056
J. Smith, SG174-73-416212
Y. Diawara, SG10-10-00000
T. Green, PG10-00-00000
C. Atkins, PGDid Not Play
S. Hunter, PFDid Not Play
Nene, PFDid Not Play
Totals 48-8922-33343123125
 53.9%66.7% 
New Jersey
D. Harris, SG415-135-5513316
V. Carter, SG3912-237-865532
R. Jefferson, SF3611-185-754429
J. Boone, PF344-62-3112310
N. Krstic, C163-72-31128
B. Nachbar, SF191-40-03222
D. Diop, C181-10-15002
M. Williams, PG153-72-23319
S. Williams, PF121-10-03042
S. Swift, C71-22-22014
T. Hassell, SF40-10-02000
D. Armstrong, PGDid Not Play
K. Van Horn, PFDid Not Play
M. Ager, SGDid Not Play
Totals 42-8325-31463025114
 50.6%80.6% 
Other Games
Min 113 Final
Ind 124
Phi 95 Final
Orl 113
Tor 83 Final
Cle 90
Wash 103 Final
Mia 86
Mem 120 Final
NY 106
Sac 89 Final
SA 102
LAC 102 Final
Port 107
Hou 109 Final
GS 106
Sea 105 Final
LAL 130