MIAMI – Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 40 points, including a pair of game-sealing free throws with 14 seconds left, to help the Denver Nuggets beat Miami 100-92 on Friday night, sending the Heat to their fourth straight loss.

Anthony was 13-of-30 from the field and 13-of-14 from the foul line, finishing one point shy of his career high. Marcus Camby had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets, who opened a six-game road trip.

Dwyane Wade had a season-high 37 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who led by three points with 2:35 remaining but missed their final five shots and lost to the Nuggets for the second time in less than a week. Denver won 101-99 on its home floor last Saturday night.

Antoine Walker added 17 points for Miami, which got 13 from Gary Payton – the 1,000th double-digit scoring effort of his career, most among active NBA players.

Payton had eight points in a 1:34 stretch of the fourth, including a layup following Wade’s steal to give Miami a 91-88 lead with 2:35 left.

Camby’s jumper with 47 seconds left drew Denver into a 92-all tie, and after Walker missed a 3-pointer, Greg Buckner’s layup with 28 seconds remaining gave the Nuggets a two-point lead. Miami didn’t get a potentially tying shot off on its next trip; James Posey turned it over with 16 seconds left.

Nets 109, Cavaliers 100

CLEVELAND – Vince Carter scored a season-high 38 points and Richard Jefferson added 18, including nine in the final 5:07, as the New Jersey Nets won their fourth straight road game, 109-100 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

LeBron James scored 32 points and became the first Cleveland player to score 30 or more points in four straight games since 1981, but it wasn’t enough as the Cavaliers dropped to 7-2 at home.

Carter, who scored 26 in the first half, added 11 rebounds and six assists. Nenad Krstic and Jason Kidd had 16 points apiece for New Jersey, which let a 10-point lead slip away before getting it together in the final minutes.

With New Jersey leading 100-95, Kidd’s steal led to a putback by Jefferson with 1:59 left and the Nets closed it out by making their free throws down the stretch.

76ers 119, Bobcats 115

PHILADELPHIA – Allen Iverson scored 43 points and Kyle Korver tied a career high with 26, helping the Philadelphia 76ers end a four-game losing streak with a 119-115 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

Andre Iguodala added 20 points and the starters had all but six points for Philadelphia, which won for just the third time in 11 games.

Emeka Okafor and Kareem Rush each scored 15 points for Charlotte, which has lost six in a row. The Bobcats are 1-11 on the road this season and 5-15 overall.

Iverson, who came in leading the NBA with 33.6 points per game, missed his first five shots. He finished 15-of-32 to record the 64th 40-point game in his 10-year career.

The Sixers nearly blew a 15-point lead with 3:47 left.

Charlotte cut it to 117-113 on a layup by Bernard Robinson with 1:12 remaining, capping a 14-3 run.

Lakers 93, Bulls 80

CHICAGO – Kobe Bryant scored 23 points, Lamar Odom added 19, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Chicago Bulls 93-80 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

Bryant, who scored five points in the first half, shot 9-for-21 and finished with eight assists and nine rebounds. Brian Cook scored 16, shooting 8-of-11, and Smush Parker finished with 13 points, 11 in the first quarter.

On a night when they retired Scottie Pippen’s number 33, the Bulls were flat early on. They tied the game in the third quarter but could not pull ahead.

Kirk Hinrich finished with 26 points and seven assists after missing Wednesday’s victory at Orlando with a concussion, which he sustained two nights earlier against Dallas.

SuperSonics 106, Jazz 90

SALT LAKE CITY – Rashard Lewis scored 26 points and Reggie Evans grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds to lead the Seattle SuperSonics past the Utah Jazz 106-90 Friday night.

The Sonics’ win was marred by forward Danny Fortson’s ejection in the fourth quarter, when he had to be restrained by teammate Ray Allen, coach Bob Weiss and assistant Jack Sikma after receiving his second technical foul of the game.

Fortson was finally corralled, but not before shouting a few words and pointing his finger at referee Mike Callahan as Allen led him toward the tunnel. The Sonics were already up by 20.

Allen added 19 points and six assists and Vladimir Radmanovic had 17 points for the Sonics, who have won five of six.

Utah fell to 1-2 on a five-game homestand and the Jazz are just 3-8 in the Delta Center this season.

Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Jazz.


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