Andre Miller played one of the best games I have ever seen him play in a Nuggets uniform. He showed a jump shot that I didn’t know existed, and was sweet dishing the ball too. Miller finished the game with a stat line of 29 points, ten assists, eight rebounds, and three steals. Amazingly, Andre hit two three-pointers in the game too. Last season Miller only connected on six treys all year long, so tonight’s display was a treat indeed. And what is there to say about Carmelo Anthony? The young superstar is just phenomenal and once again led the Nuggets in scoring by registering for his fourth 30-point game in a row. The Nuggets clubhouse record is six games in a row scoring 30 points or more and was set by Alex English back in the eighties. Carmelo’s final numbers were 33 points, six boards, four assists, and three steals.
Defensively the Nuggets were anchored by, guess who, Marcus Camby. The Nugget big man just keeps aging and getting better like a choice filet. Camby recorded yet another double-double by scoring 15 points, snaring 11 boards, and returning four weak Miami Heat shot attempts back to sender.
As a team, the Nuggets were tough in the key. Denver outscored the Shaq-less Miami Heat in the paint 54-36 and connected on 26-29 free-throw opportunities for a blistering 89.7%. And if there was one single play that was a sign to me that the Nuggets were going to win the game it came when Earl Boykins swatted Dwayne Wade. D-Wade was working to get an open shot from the left side of the top of the key when he got rejected going up as Earl was coming down. When Earl “The Mightiest Micro” Boykins wrecks your best player’s jumper, you know it’s going to be your night.