While the Denver Nuggets have been dominant at home, they’re
also more than holding their own on the road.
The surging Nuggets look for a fourth consecutive road victory
while trying to match a season high with a fifth straight win
overall when they face the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
Denver (16-5) improved to 2-0 on its four-game road swing Monday
by beating former teammate Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers
93-83. Chauncey Billups scored 31 points and Carmelo Anthony added
14 as the Nuggets used a 22-3 second-half run to beat the 76ers for
their fourth straight victory and eighth in nine games.
The Nuggets have largely ridden a 9-1 home record to their
current standing, one game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the
top spot in the Western Conference. Denver, though, is 7-4 away
from the Pepsi Center and averaging 107.7 points in its last three
Denver, which opened 5-0, is trying to match its longest winning
streak of the season.
Though the Nuggets shot 39.2 percent and failed to reach 100
points for the first time in nine games Monday, they held their
third straight opponent to fewer than 100 and received a big night
Acquired from Detroit in exchange for Iverson early last season,
Billups was 8 of 15 from the field, including 6 of 11 from 3-point
“I was just being aggressive,” said Billups, averaging 17.5
points on the season. “I knew Melo wasn’t having a big night.”
Averaging an NBA-leading 29.6 points, Anthony failed to score at
least 20 for the first time this season. He’s averaging 27.7 points
in 10 career games against Bobcats.
Anthony had 25 points and Billups 16 in the Nuggets’ 88-80 win
in their last visit to Charlotte on Nov. 11, 2008. Denver is
seeking its fourth straight victory overall against the Bobcats
After becoming the first team this season to lose to hapless New
Jersey, 97-91 on Friday, Charlotte bounced back with a 106-105 home
win over Philadelphia the following night.
Boris Diaw had a season-high 28 points, Gerald Wallace added 24
with 14 rebounds and Raymond Felton overcame bruised ribs to make a
layup with 4.7 seconds left to help Charlotte rally from a 10-point
fourth-quarter deficit and avoid a third straight loss.
“We’re still not playing quite the right way,” Diaw said.
While Wallace is averaging a team-leading 15.6 points and 12.2
boards, the Bobcats need Diaw to build off Saturday’s effort. The
6-foot-8 forward is scoring 12.2 points per game on the season, but
had averaged only 6.2 in his previous five.
He’s averaging 10.0 points in 16 career games against the
It’s uncertain if Felton’s injury will keep him out of this
contest. The veteran guard is averaging 18.0 points in his last
“I love these guys on this team, so I’m going to do whatever it
takes to come out and play,” said Felton, who was hurt late in the
loss to the Nets and nearly didn’t play. “They look at me as their
leader, so if I’m able to walk I’m out there.”
The Bobcats are 3-7 all-time against the Nuggets, including 2-3