Melo Pushes Nuggets Past Hornets 105-99
Bucks bewitch Magic 100-86, Blazers defeat Warriors 105-95
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2007 4:28 AM CST
Milwaukee Bucks forward Desmond Mason (24) and Yi Jianlian (9) of China watch as Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard slam dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Carmelo Anthony wasn't hot at the start of last night's game, but by the fourth quarter he delivered a clutch 7-for-11 shooting run, and added a crucial rebound and free throw for good measure. His efforts locked up Denver's 105-99 victory over New Orleans, the Denver Post reports. Elsewhere in the NBA:

  • Michael Redd's first double-double in three years was nearly a triple (27 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists), and enough to lead Milwaukee to a 100-86 dousing of Orlando.
  • A true team effort brought Portland past Golden State, 105-95, to mark the Blazers' fifth straight win. "We were beaten by a better team tonight," said Warriors coach Don Nelson.