DENVER (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the Denver Nuggets clinched a playoff spot by holding on for a 111-104 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night after blowing most of a 27-point, second-quarter lead.
The Nuggets' win, coupled with San Antonio's 96-95 loss to Oklahoma City, moved Denver into the no. 2 spot in the Western Conference heading into the final two weeks of the season.
Denver has won nine of 10 and New York has lost nine of 10, so a mismatch was expected, and the Nuggets obliged by racing out to a 62-35 led with five minutes left in the first half.
That's when they got sloppy, and the Knicks, who were led by Nate Robinson's 30 points, got hot.
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