6 March 2007
The Hornets played even with the Nuggets for about 18 minutes, and then slowly, inexorably, turned into a team that couldn't buy a bucket. After winning the first quarter by a point, the Bees were down ten at the half, down twenty-three during the Third-Quarter Drought, and managed to pull back to within eight halfway through the fourth quarter, only to see Denver start clicking again. Final: Nuggets 106, Hornets 91, Denver's first victory over the Bees this season.
Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony did their usual sparkling work, combining for 45 points. But the man who shook things up the most, I think, was Marcus Camby, who dropped in eight points, pulled down 11 boards, served up six assists, blocked six shots and grabbed four steals about as close to everywhere as a player can be in this game.
The Hornets bench was busy tonight, contributing half the offense, but this was due mostly to comparative fecklessness on the part of the starters, although Tyson Chandler got his usual double-double (15 points, 18 rebounds, both team highs) and Chris Paul managed one of his own (13 points, 14 dimes). It was nice to see Rasual Butler hitting again: he led the bench with 11, including three of six treys.
This road trip just gets harder: Friday at Phoenix, Saturday at Utah. Next game at the Ford will be Tuesday against the Nets, and they won't be pushovers either.