MIAMI – Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points and the Denver Nuggets twice converted four-point plays to beat the Miami Heat 112-105 Tuesday night.

Anthony lost his scoring duel with fellow 2003 draft pick Dwyane Wade, who had 37 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. But the Nuggets reached .500 by winning their third in a row after an 0-3 start.

Defending NBA champion Miami fell to 3-4 with its second consecutive loss, both at home.

The Heat were again without Shaquille O’Neal because of a hyperextended left knee, his second injury to the knee this season. His status is day to day.

Hornets 94, Bobcats 85

OKLAHOMA CITY – Peja Stojakovic scored a career-high 42 points and directed a decisive fourth-quarter run as the New Orleans Hornets broke a three-game losing streak with a 94-85 victory Tuesday night over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Stojakovic showed exactly why the Hornets wanted him in the offseason, scoring 11 points in a 13-4 fourth-quarter surge and grabbing three loose balls down the stretch.

Emeka Okafor had 25 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to lead Charlotte. Adam Morrison, the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA draft, matched his career high with 21 points.

Bucks 103, Hawks 101

ATLANTA – Michael Redd converted a three-point play with 27 seconds remaining and finished with 30 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks 103-101 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Ruben Patterson knocked the ball away from Joe Johnson, who had just crossed halfcourt, right before the buzzer sounded.

Timberwolves 101, Trail Blazers 89

MINNEAPOLIS – Ricky Davis finally hit some shots and the Minnesota Timberwolves finally got a win.

Davis broke out of a shooting slump with 27 points to help the Timberwolves snap a four-game losing streak with a 101-89 victory over the banged-up Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

Davis entered the night shooting just 32 percent during the losing streak, but made 11 of 18 shots Tuesday.


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