Billups Leads Nuggets' Rout Of Raptors

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DENVER (AP) - Thanks to Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony doesn't have to shoulder the Denver Nuggets' offense while grappling with an ailing right elbow.

Billups had 24 points and 14 assists in Denver's 132-93 rout of the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night in a game that was out of reach by halftime.

After a slow start, Anthony finished with 23 points 48 hours after scoring just one bucket in 14 agonizing minutes against Houston, which snapped his NBA-best double-digit streak at 222 games.

Jermaine O'Neal returned from a sprained left ankle that had cost him three games and he scored 12 points to go with Chris Bosh's 24, but they couldn't keep the Raptors from being routed.

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