Carmelo Anthony implores you to understand that he's not dead yet, and that so long as blood courses through his veins he shall score. And score he shall. 'Melo had 28 points in 32 minutes as the Denver Nuggets beat up on the Phoenix Suns 132-98 on Tuesday night.
Arron Afflalo likes to score, too, despite what you've heard; he added 31 to go with his nine rebounds. And that's what it's come to for the Suns: they were blown out by a Carmelo Anthony that has a foot or both out the door and Arron Afflalo. Phoenix's lack of defensive aptitude or commitment is stirring. It's almost performance art. (I should have saved that crack for the first game in the "In other action" section ...)
Steve Nash had 15 points and eight assists for the victims. Vince Carter had 15 points too, but needed almost twice as many shots (15) as Nash (8) to get there. The Suns shot 37 percent; the Nuggets shot 56 percent. Splish splash, and there you have it.
In other action:
Wizards 136, Kings 133 (OT): I could tell you that Nick Young scored a wonderful 43 points while never once smiling. Or that Beno Udrih looks positively Jerry Westian out there on the court. I could talk about DeMarcus Cousins' 4-19 night, or John Wall's 22 points and nine assists. No, no. I'm going to tell you that the Wizards were up just six points with three minutes left in regulation, turned the ball over six times in those three minutes ... and still won. It was as if the Wizards snatched Heaven from the gates of Hades.
Spurs 107, Wolves 96: Kevin Love had his sixth 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season, but Minnesota fell to the West-leading Spurs. Tony Parker had 12 points and 13 assists, and Manu Ginobili had 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Love is up to 25 consecutive double-doubles, and his rebound average is up to 15.8 per game. This line from Canis Hoopus' Stop-n-Pop, however, made me sad:
First, Jonny Flynn is clearly hurt. This only adds to the pain involved with him not knowing how to play basketball.
Pacers 111, 76ers 103: Andre Iguodala played for the first time in eight game, starting and playing 33 minutes. It didn't go particularly well as the wing shot 0-5 for 1 point. He did, however, have seven assists and no turnovers. Danny Granger had 27 points, and Darren Collison had 21 points and 13 assists. The Pacers now lead the Sixers by three games in the loss column in the race for the No. 7 seed in the East.