Nuggets Defeat Suns 110-80
DENVER (AP) _ Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points, leading seven Denver players in double figures, and the Nuggets ended the Phoenix Suns’ three-game winning streak, 110-80 on Tuesday night.
Voshon Lenard and Francisco Elson each had 16 points, and Francisco Elson added 10 rebounds. Reserves Earl Boykins and Rodney White scored 15 points each.
Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire matched his season high with 25 points and also had 13 rebounds. Stephon Marbury had 20 points and 12 assists.
Lenard scored 12 points in the third quarter, helping the Nuggets expand their seven-point halftime lead to 20.
Lenard, 0-for-5 in the first half, hit a pair of 3-pointers and a 19-foot jumper during a 12-2 run to open the third quarter, and Denver forged a 61-44 lead.
Phoenix cut the lead to 11, but White had a three-point play and a pair of free throws to make it 75-55 late in the quarter. The Suns got no closer than 16 points after that.
The Suns lost their second-leading scorer, Shawn Marion, to a sprained left ankle just 2:16 into the game. He did not return.