NBA Bowen's 'D' quiets Anthony as Spurs mellow Denver
The Nuggets have lost nine of thier last 10 games.
SAN ANTONIO -- Bruce Bowen held Carmelo Anthony in check and made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 99-90 Saturday.
Anthony, who entered the game averaging a team-leading 21.7 points, was limited to eight points on 4-for-15 shooting. He sat out most of the third quarter with foul trouble while the Nuggets rallied to pull within 72-68.
A putback dunk by Tim Duncan started a 12-6 run by the Spurs that returned their lead to double digits. Bowen's final 3-pointer gave San Antonio its biggest lead at 95-82 with 2:42 remaining.
Manu Ginobili scored 22 points for San Antonio, while Tony Parker had 20 and Duncan 19. Bowen made all five of his shots in the second half and finished with 17 points, and Rasho Nesterovic grabbed 11 rebounds.
The loss was Denver's ninth in the past 10 games, while the Spurs have won 12 of their last 14.
Denver, down 10 at halftime, battled back after Anthony sat down early in the third quarter with his fourth foul.
Earl Boykins scored six straight points for the Nuggets and Marcus Camby made a pair of free throws in the final minute of the period to cut San Antonio's lead to 70-68.
Kenyon Martin scored a season-high 26 points for the Nuggets and Andre Miller had 16. Camby, back after missing two games with a back strain, had 10 points and 15 rebounds.
The Nuggets trailed by one when Parker made a short runner that started a 16-6 run to give San Antonio a 22-11 lead late in the first quarter. The Spurs made seven straight shots during the burst, three each by Parker and Duncan.
But the Spurs missed six of their first eight attempts in the second and Denver pulled within 32-28 on a layup by Miller with 6:44 left.
After San Antonio called timeout, Ginobili hit a 3-pointer and, when Nene fouled him behind the arc, he made all three free throws.
He finished with 11 points in the period and the Spurs built their lead to as many as 12 points before the break.
Anthony went 2-for-7 for four points in the half and he committed three fouls.