Melo, Billups Lead Nuggets Past Celtics

BOSTON (AP) - Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups had 18 points each and Kenyon Martin added 16 to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Boston Celtics 94-85 on Friday night.

The Nuggets, who have won only three times in their last 19 trips to Boston, survived a see-saw final few minutes. After Boston's Kevin Garnett tied it at 84 with a tomahawk dunk, Martin answered with a shot in traffic to make it 86-84.

Coming out of a timeout, Kendrick Perkins lost the ball, and Billups converted a layup and free throw to put the Nuggets up 89-84. Garnett missed a shot on the ensuing trip down the floor, and Anthony hit a 3-pointer to give the Nuggets an eight point cushion, 92-84, with under 2 minutes to play.

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