The Denver Nuggets are now 9-1 when Allen Iverson records a double-double and that is exactly what he did tonight with a quiet 20 points and ten assists while in the Nuggets’ driver seat. AI also grabbed four rebounds, but most of those were hogged by Marcus Camby. The Captain was nothing short of spectacular, and I quote Altitude Sports and Entertainment’s Chris Marlowe as saying, “The Nuggets are downright unbeatable when Marcus plays like he did”. What did he do you may ask? Oh, I don’t know, he just scored 21 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in addition to swatting six shots, dishing two dimes, and being guilty of one steal! It was an absolutely huge performance from Marcus Camby and he was the difference in the game for the Nuggets.
Carmelo Anthony also had a rock-solid game in his own right. Matched-up with the league’s leading scorer (and supposedly best friend forever) in Kobe Bryant, the two did not disappoint. Kobe would score more points (39), but Carmelo’s team would leave with the W on the back of his team-high 31 points to go along nicely with his five rebounds and four assists. Lamar Odom added a silent triple-double of 17 points, 14 rebounds, and twelve assists, but in the end the Nuggets had more soul from the role-players that it is.
I thought for sure the Nuggets were going to slip behind the eight ball down, 100-98, with just over six minutes remaining, but that was when J.R. Smith hit the biggest three of the game and put the Nuggets up by one and for good. He would hit another knock-out bomb two minutes later, but his cool shooting hand on the first tri-fecta was the Laker backbreaker. J.R. also had two steals in the game to go along with his ten points and four rebounds.
Right back at it tomorrow night against the Nor-Cal Kings in a game that the Nuggets should win, but hey, what the hello kitty do I know?
Gutsy win fellas, Go Nuggets!