Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Nuggets were better that Bucks: 104-92

It was an important result for the Nuggets, because Earl Boykins scored 26 points and Allen Iverson had 23 to lead Denver past visiting Milwaukee 104-92 last night.

According to the game report, Milwaukee Bucks were without injured guard Michael Redd and lost his backcourt mate Mo Williams during the clash.

It's good to notice that the Nuggets know how Milwaukee feels. Denver has been without the NBA's top scoring tandem since Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith brawled with the New York Knicks last month.

Even the popular Allen Iverson has a sprained right big toe, which he hurt Friday night against the Lakers and irritated against Milwaukee when he jammed it into the floor again. The squad said X-rays were negative and listed him as probable for Wednesday night against San Antonio.

In a demonstration of comitment, Iverson said :"If it was cut off, I'd play,".

Furthermore, Earl Boykins scored 26 points and Iverson had 23, including a crucial 3-pointer in the closing minutes to stave off Milwaukee's rally and help the Nuggets snap a five-game losing streak.

"I'm really not so sure I feel happy as much as I feel relieved," Denver coach George Karl admitted.

Iverson, the former Sixer found a positive side to the skid.

"That was tough to lose five in a row, but I kind of learned a lot about this team, just going through some adversity with them early instead of everything being peaches and cream," expressed Iverson, who came over from Philadelphia last month.

"The morale around the team wasn't great but it wasn't negative," Iverson added. "I think it wasn't to the point where everybody was pointing fingers at each other and blaming each other."

Mired in a shooting slump, Allen Iverson said he knew better than to try to put the team on his shoulders. He shot 9-for-21 against the Bucks.

"I've been struggling too bad. I'm trying desperately to just find my game," he said. "I'm missing shots that I usually can make with my eyes closed. And especially the layups.

"And when you're missing jumpers, it usually doesn't bother you too much because you know you can get in there and get a layup and try to get you back into some type of groove. However, when you're missing layups, too, it's tough to try to break out of that."

We must also say that Ruben Patterson, who played in Denver last season, started in Redd's spot and scored 29 points, three shy of his career high, and had 12 rebounds.

What's more, the Bucks also were without forward Charlie Villanueva, Milwaukee's major offseason addition, who missed his third straight game with an injured right shoulder.

As we know, Williams sprained his left shoulder just before halftime when he collided with Linas Kleiza near midcourt while going for the ball. In fact, Williams made it to his feet after a minute and missed two foul shots before leaving with 29 seconds left in the half. He didn't return and is day to day.

In the end, Boykins' 3-pointer just before the buzzer gave Denver a 60-49 lead at the break, and it maintained an 11-point lead following an ugly third quarter. The Bucks chipped away and pulled to 87-82 on Ersan Ilyasova's jump attempt with just under 5 minutes left but they just couldn't get any closer.