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Mr. Melo Smiles: Nuggets Upset Mavs in Closing Seconds of Game Three

DALLAS - MAY 09:  Forward Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets smiles during play against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 9, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Kenesha Ashley NabriedContributor IMay 10, 2009

Fighting to stay alive, the Dallas Mavericks try to place themselves on the map, as they battle the Denver Nuggets. In a foul ridden game, Dallas showed gallant effort. Despite his recent personal drama in the news, Dirk Nowitski came up big for Dallas, as he scored 33 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Jason Terry also added 17 points.

However, Denver never trailed by more than 6 points. Chauncey Billups scored 32 points, while Carmelo Anthony finished with 31 points. 

A pretty consistent but "uneventful" 3 1/2 quarters. Nevertheless, besides the Cleveland Cavaliers remaining undefeated, the most exciting moments in these playoffs are those crucial closing minutes of the game. The showdown in the Lone Star state did not disappoint.

In fact, the most exciting moment came in the closing seconds. Dallas, with a foul to give, trap Carmelo Anthony at the three-point line. Antoine Wright commits the blatant foul; however, Anthony maintains his swagger as he sinks in the three.

And to top it off, the referees failed to make the foul call; thus, Anthony's three is as good as gold. Mavericks big man, Dirk Nowitzki, had another opportunity to pull off the win, but failed to connect with a high arching shot at the buzzer.

As the Denver bench celebrates, the violence rate of Dallas has a sudden increase. The Mavs plead their frustrations to the officials, as their owner, Mark Cuban, takes his frustrations out on a helpless camerman (please be sure to check out the highlights for your amusement).

Just another day at the office, as the Nuggets win 106-105, taking a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.

Next game is set for tomorrow. With the latest developments in Houston—Yao Ming suffers left foot injury, sidelining the star for the remainder of the playoffs—I predict Denver vs. Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

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