In a Change, Bobcats Win a Close One

Wallace's 40 points, Denver's miscues outweigh Carmelo's 35
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2008 10:25 PM CST
Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl, right, argues with referee David Guthrie, left, during the second half of the Nuggets' 119-116 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats in an NBA basketball game in Charlotte,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After two wrenching overtime losses, Charlotte rallied to beat Denver at its own game, winning a 119-116 thriller heavy on dunks and light on defense. The Nuggets were ahead 108-102 in the middle of the fourth quarter, but Jason Richardson started hitting from long distance, and two Denver mistakes sealed the loss.

The first was Carmelo Anthony's traveling violation in the final seconds with the Nuggets trailing by one; Matt Carroll hit both subsequent free throws. J.R. Smith then failed to get off the tying shot in time. Gerald Wallace had 40 points and was nearly unguardable for the Bobcats; Carmelo had 35 and Marcus Camby added 23, 20 boards, and six blocks.