INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and 10 rebounds to rally the Denver Nuggets to a 113-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Allen Iverson added 27 points and 10 assists, and Linas Kleiza scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Nuggets (4-3), who trailed by 25 in the first half.

Troy Murphy finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Mike Dunleavy scored 17 and Jermaine O’Neal added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana (3-3), which has lost its last seven games against the Nuggets.

Denver chipped away at the deficit in the second half, getting within 93-92 following Marcus Camby’s jumper with 8:23 left in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets took their first lead, 95-94, since early in the first quarter on Iverson’s 3-pointer.

Indiana regained a 101-97 advantage after O’Neal’s dunk and free throw with less than 4 minutes left, but the Nuggets reeled off the next 12 points, capped by Iverson’s 3, to secure the win.

The Pacers raced out to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter following Dunleavy’s layup. They extended the advantage to 46-31 on Murphy’s two free throws to end the period.

Indiana scored the first eight points, including six by O’Neal, of the second quarter to open a 23-point lead. Denver’s first point of the period came on Anthony’s free throw with 7:25 left in the half.

Indiana took its biggest lead, 63-38, on Dunleavy’s free throw two minutes later.

Denver began the third quarter on a 10-0 run, which included three straight 3-pointers from Yakhouba Diawara, to cut the deficit to 74-66. The Nuggets got as close as 85-80 later in the period following a 9-0 spurt.

Notes: Pacers C David Harrison received a technical foul for arguing a call in the second quarter. … Indiana’s 74 points in the first half was a season high. … The Pacers have lost three in a row after starting the season 3-0. … Nuggets F-C Nene missed the game with a torn ligament in his left thumb. He’s expected to miss six weeks. … Pacers F Ike Diogu didn’t play with a torn left calf muscle. … Denver snapped a three-game losing streak with a win at Washington on Friday. … The Nuggets completed a four-game road trip, finishing 2-2.

AP-ES-11-10-07 2152EST


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