Sixers-Nuggets: No Melo, Nuggets Slip Away With Win

Mike ThomasContributor IDecember 27, 2008

The Denver Nuggets (19-11) were with out All Star forward Carmelo Anthony for a third straight game because of a elbow injury, but that didn't stop them from shooting behind the arc. The Nuggets made 15 three pointers, Swing man Jr Smith had 7 of them. He scored 27 points. Chauncey Billups had 26 points and 10 assist. Nene had 13 points and 12 boards. Denver outscored Philadelphia 37-22 in the fourth. On a nice pass from Billups, Kenyon Martin made the game winning dunk on Sam Dalembert with 9 seconds left. The Philadelphia 76ers (12-17) have now lost three straight games under new coach Tony Dileo. The Sixers could have been down by three with 3 seconds left, but Andre Miller got hit with a technical foul. That made it a two possession, four point game. Andre Iguodala led the team with 24 points, he also had 5 steals in the game. Lou Williams had 16 points off the bench. The Sixers have got strong play from Marreese Speights of late, he finished with 12 points and a couple alley-oop dunks. Thaddeus Young had 10 points, and Willie Green had 13 points, a game removed from sitting out with a injury. The Sixers were once again without Elton Brand, who is out a month with a shoulder injury. The Sixers were also 18-30 from the free-throw line, while the Nuggets were 24-25. The Sixers are back in action Sunday against The Jazz, the second game of a five game road trip.

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