Friday, December 07, 2007

Iverson lead Nuggets' win over Mavs

He wanted a revenge. Allen Iverson netted 35 points just a night after putting up 51, and this time it was enough to lead the Denver Nuggets to victory, sending them past the host Dallas Mavericks 122-109 Thursday night.

Indeed, the "Answer" made a great effort against the Los Angeles Lakers, and it came in defeat. But this time, he mixed in 12 assists as the Nuggets won for the third time in seven games.

"A.I. had it all going from everywhere," admitted Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, who had 32 points and 12 rebounds. "He was driving and making shots in-between."

We must notice that Linas Kleiza benefited from Iverson's passing, scoring 23 points. Carmelo Anthony also had 23 despite shooting 9 for 30 from the field.

Also Jerry Stackhouse added 23 points for the Mavericks, who lost their second in a row, third in four encounters and sixth in the past nine.

The Mavs gave up its most points this season in a quarter (39, the first), a half (64, the first) and a game.

"It was a layup drill out there," Nowitzki expressed. "At no point in the game I thought we could really stop them."

Allen Iverson made 12 of 19 field goals and was 11 of 13 from the line. He played 43 minutes, despite having gone all 48 the night before.

"He's the Energizer bunny," said fellow starting guard Anthony Carter. "He just doesn't get tired. Indeed, he was charged up for this game."

The Nuggets led by as many as 16 before the Mavericks tied it at 82 late in the third quarter. Dallas was still within 94-92 in the final minute of the period. But a pair of baskets by Iverson in the final seconds of the quarter started a 13-2 spurt that also included a three-pointer from defensive specialist Eduardo Najera.

It's important to mention that Josh Howard had 20 points for Dallas. He had 17 at halftime, then got his fourth foul seconds into third quarter and didn't score again until there was 8:18 to play.

The German Nowitzki scored 13 points in the third quarter but had only two in the final 16 minutes.

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