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Nuggets turn back Thunder in key game

Published:Friday | April 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. - file


The Denver Nuggets charged back from a 13-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-94 on Wednesday, picking up a crucial road win in their NBA playoff chase.

Chauncey Billups scored 31 points and Carmelo Anthony added 24, as Denver held Oklahoma City without a basket for the final nine minutes while finishing the game on a 22-5 run.

The Nuggets are chasing the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Thunder's Kevin Durant scored 33 points but missed a shot that would have tied the score in the final 10 seconds. Anthony followed that with two free throws to clinch it with 6.8 seconds left.

Suns 112 Spurs 101

In Phoenix, the hosts stayed tied for second in the Western Conference by dominating San Antonio.

Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points and Jason Richardson added 20 in Phoenix's 11th victory in 12 games.

Roger Mason led six Spurs in double figures with 18 points. San Antonio lost their first game in five to fall into a three-way tie for the West's final three playoff spots.

Rockets 113 Jazz 96

In Houston, Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin scored 28 points apiece as Houston defeated Utah.

Brooks hit five 3-pointers and has 197 this season, a new franchise record.

Rick Adelman became the 11th coach to reach 900 career victories.

Utah were led by Carlos Boozer's 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Jazz slipped to fifth in the West.

Mavericks 110 Grizzlies 84

In Dallas, Caron Butler scored 23 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points and nine rebounds as Dallas crushed Memphis.

The Mavericks opened a three-game lead atop the Southwest Division and moved into a three-way tie for second place in the West.

Rudy Gay scored 23 points for Memphis, who lost their ninth in a row away at Dallas.

Celtics 115 Raptors 104

In Toronto, Boston capitalised on another injury to a Toronto player.

Following Chris Bosh's facial fracture the previous day, the Raptors lost Hedo Turkoglu in the first quarter Wednesday in a clash of heads that left the Turk with a cut nose and he was taken to hospital for a scan.

Rajon Rondo scored 21 points and Paul Pierce had 20 as the Celtics won their eighth straight over Toronto, sweeping the series for the second consecutive season.

Sonny Weems scored a career-high 21 for the Raptors.

Magic 121 Wizards 94

In Orlando, Florida, Orlando boosted their chances of home-court advantage in a possible NBA finals series by thrashing Washington.

Dwight Howard had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while J.J. Redick and Mickael Pietrus added 16 points apiece.

The Magic moved within a half-game of the West-leading Los Angeles Lakers in overall standings - a crucial stat if Orlando can make it all the way to the finals.

Washington were led by Nick Young's 21 points.

Other results: Bobcats 104 Hornets 103; Trail Blazers 93 Clippers 85; Pistons 90 Hawks 88; Heat 99 76ers 95; Pacers 113 Knicks 105; Bucks 108 Nets 89; Warriors 116 Timberwolves 107.