Nuggets Upset Spurs, 95-89

Anthony-Iverson pairing pays its first playoff dividends for Denver
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 22, 2007 11:27 PM CDT
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) hangs his head during the second quarter of their first round NBA playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in San Antonio, Sunday, April 22, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – High-scoring Nuggets Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson combined for 61 points in an eye-opening playoff opener against San Antonio, winning 95-89 and stealing home court advantage. The combination of the two ruthless scorers, while difficult to manage earlier in the season, now has Denver peaking at the perfect time.

Consequently, a matchup many had considered one-sided in favor of the veteran, unexcitingly über-competent Spurs now acquires more interest. Last year, the Iverson-less Nuggets fell to the Clippers in five drama-free games in the first round. This year, they may make more of a splash, and arguably have done so already.