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article imageNBA: Nuggets beat Bobcats by 40 to keep them in Playoff race

By Kristofor Molson     Mar 4, 2011 in Sports
Denver - The Nuggets have been proving to their fans that they can still be good without Carmelo Anthony and this 40 points drumming of the Bobcats helped out big time. The Nuggets have now won 5 of 6 games without Melo and is still in the playoff race
The Charlotte Bobcats (26-34) came to visit the Denver Nuggets (36-26) who have been rolling in this “Post-Melo Era”. This is the second meeting between the two teams, but the first meeting of the season after the trade deadline and no Melo.
The game was close early with the biggest lead being four by the Nuggets behind a Afflalo jumper. Charlotte called a timeout and the Nuggets then took off as they pushed their lead to ten on an 11-8 run. The Bobcats pulled themselves back in it with a 3-pointer by Carroll that cut the lead down six, but the Nuggets kept the pressure on and ended the period with a 31-23 lead.
The Nuggets lead by eight to open the second quarter and pushed it to 13 despite Carroll hitting a 3-pointer and jumper during the run. Harrington hit a 3-pointer and Smith hit a jumper to make it a 43-30 lead. The Nugget continued to hit as they pushed their lead to 16 off an Afflalo 3-pointer. The lead stayed that big for the Nuggets going into halftime with the score 62-46.
The Nuggets had seven players in double digits, but no one scored over 17 points. Wilson Chandler had the most with 16 points and Kenyon Martin scored 10 points with 8 rebounds. Arron Afflalo scored 11 points going 3-4 from behind the arc in just 23 minutes.
The Nuggets had two starters and two players off the bench score 14 points. Nene and Ty Lawson were the starters as Lawson added 10 assists and Nene had eight rebounds. Chris Anderson and J.R. Smith were the guys off the bench as Smith went 3-5 from behind the arc.
Matt Carroll was the leading scorer for the Bobcats and he came off the bench to score 19 points and Shaun Livingston scored 12 points of the bench as well. D.J. Augustin scored 13 points for the Bobcats who had a poor outing only shooting 36.7 percent.
The Nuggets shot 60.8 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Bobcats 49-28. Not only did the Bobcats get bullied on the boards, the Nuggets outscored them in the paint 52-30.
The Bobcats scored eight of the first 10 points in the third quarter, starting with a 20-foot jumper by Stephen Jackson (7 points). Charlotte cut the deficit to 64-54 with their shooting, but the the Nuggets answered with an 8-2 run of their own. The run was highlighted by dunks from Nene and Chandler to make their lead 72-56 with 6:56 left in the third quarter. Andersen closed out quarter with a dunk off a pass from Smith that put the Nuggets ahead 91-67.
The game was pretty much over going into the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats went cold in the final period to make the score look even worse. Smith scored the first nine points for the Nuggets with three 3-pointers. The Nuggets outscored the Bobcats 29-13 for what looked like an easy win.
The 40-point win margin by the Nuggets surpassed the previous high this season of the 34-points they won by against the Phoenix on Jan. 11. Lawson also had 10 of the Nuggets' 34 assists for his first career double-double.
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