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NBA: Anthony injures hand as Nuggets beat Pacers

GRIN AND BEAR IT Carmelo Anthony played through the pain to set up a 135-115 win over Indiana, while the Spurs withstood a 24-point onslaught from Dwyane Wade

AP , DENVER

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony holds his right hand, which was wrapped in an ice pack after he was hit going up for a shot against the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter of the Nuggets’ 135-115 victory in an NBA game in Denver on Monday.

PHOTO: AP

Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and had a season-high nine assists despite fracturing his right hand in the Denver Nuggets?135-115 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday.

Anthony injured his hand when the ball was slapped away early in the third quarter. He continued playing, but frequently grabbed at his hand.

He had the Nuggets trainer check it out a few times when play stopped and then left for good late in the fourth quarter.

Kenyon Martin scored 25 points and Chauncey Billups scored 13 of his 24 points in the final quarter for the Nuggets, who have now won four in a row. They set a season-high in points against the Pacers.

Their previous best was 132 against Toronto early last month.

Denver are 24-12 after 36 games, matching the Nuggets?best start since their first year in the NBA in 1976-1977.

Danny Granger had 36 points, the most scored against the Nuggets this season. He has now scored 30 or more points 10 times this season.

NETS 98, KINGS 90

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Vince Carter scored 29 points, and Yi Jianlian added 22 points and a season-high 13 rebounds as New Jersey handed Sacramento their 11th straight road loss.

Jarvis Hayes had a go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:53 to play as the Nets won consecutive games at home for the first time this season.

New Jersey won despite playing the second half without point guard Devin Harris, who 苔ggravated a hamstring injury before the break.

Kevin Martin, who scored 45 on Saturday night, had 36 points for the woeful Kings (8-27).

SPURS 91, HEAT 84

At Miami, Tim Duncan had 19 points and nine rebounds as the Southwest Division-leading San Antonio beat Miami for their third straight win.

San Antonio put five players in double figures, ran out to a quick 10-point lead and shot 59 percent in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

George Hill scored 15 points for the Spurs, who got 11 points from both Roger Mason and Matt Bonner and 10 from Manu Ginobili.

Dwyane Wade had 24 points and 12 assists ?his eighth 苓ouble-double of the season ?for the Heat, who also got 15 points from Shawn Marion. Michael Beasley had 15 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double with Miami.

BUCKS 107, RAPTORS 97

At Milwaukee, Michael Redd had a season-high 35 points and Charlie Villanueva scored 13 of his 25 in the fourth quarter to lead Milwaukee to their first win without Andrew Bogut in 21 months.

Milwaukee, who finished the game on a 13-0 run, lost their previous nine games ?including four this season ?without Bogut, the former No. 1 pick who missed his second straight game on Monday with back spasms.

The Raptors, playing without center Jermaine O?eal and guard Jose Calderon on this two-game road trip, turned to Chris Bosh, who had 31 points and 11 rebounds to help Toronto hold the lead through most of three quarters.

Andrea Bargnani had 21 points and Anthony Parker finished with 12 for Toronto.

JAZZ 119, WARRIORS 114

At Salt Lake City, Deron Williams had 25 points and 15 assists and Ronnie Brewer scored seven crucial points down the stretch as Utah held off Golden State.

Williams tied his season high in assists as the Jazz led most of the way but could never break the game open from the Warriors, despite the loss of Stephen Jackson to a hamstring injury at the end of the first half. Neither team led by more than nine in the run-and-gun contest.

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