Examining how the Nuggets earned this win it was apparent that when the Nuggets play as a team, they are much more effective on the offensive end. Four of five starters, excluding Greg Buckner, scored in double figures. Carmelo Anthony did exactly what I said he would do. Anthony came into the game with a chip on his shoulder, even the announcers made a comment, to show up Ray Allen on his home court. ‘Melo ended the game with 33 points and nine rebounds plus his team got the win. The beauty of that is two other Nuggets scored 20, Anthony went 9-21, and was sensational from the charity stripe only missing twice out of 17 attempts.
Andre Miller was just as critical as Carmelo. Miller has been playing great as of late. He routinely backed down Luke Ridnour and scored effectively. No more effective were his seven overtime points which were the difference down the stretch. He added nine assists and three rebounds go nicely with his 21 points. Miller is playing with a confidence that has been touch and go all year, but he is climbing to his apex at a critical time in the season. Kenyon Martin is also playing great. Martin gave 39 solid minutes and recorded a double-double of 22 points and ten boards. If he can resume this kind of play, stay healthy, and just keep his name clean of all media scandal he can be an enormous impact.
The contest was tightly battled all night long. Back and forth each team would only hold the lead momentarily until the Nuggets exploded in overtime and sealed the deal. In the end, Seattle turned the ball over 23 times and was out of gas in overtime. The Nuggets held them to just ten points in the extra period and now have won two straight.
The Nuggets square off against Steve Nash and the Phoenix suns on Wednesday night at Pepsi Center. The Suns will be looking for redemption from the overtime loss they were handed by the Nuggets earlier this year. The Nuggets will then be off for the All-Star break and it will be a much needed rest for the team, especially Marcus Camby. Hopefully the newest injury to Camby can be nursed over this time and he can come back refreshed and ready to go for the last 29 games of the year.