NBA Scores And More: Carmelo Anthony's 50 Not Enough For Nuggets; Celtics Fall In Charlotte

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 50, but it wasn't enough for the Nuggets. In other action, the Celtics wilted in Charlotte, the Lakers survived Memphis and the Cavaliers are still losing.

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Rockets Vs. Nuggets: Carmelo Anthony Scores 50, But It Comes In Vain As Houston Prevails

Carmelo Anthony exploded for 50 points in highly efficient fashion, but the Denver Nuggets still lost to the Houston Rockets 108-103 in a tough game to swallow. Anthony's teammates shot a combined 19 of 53 from the field (36 percent). 'Melo himself earned his 50 on 16-24 shooting, with 16-18 from the line. He also had 11 rebounds and three blocks.

Kevin Martin was the top scorer for the Rockets. Martin and 'Melo score comparably in terms of per-minute volume, but Martin typically does so much more efficiently. But Anthony was indeed more frugal with his shots on this night, as Martin needed 26 field goal attempts and 12 free throws to get his 37 points.

The win moved the Rockets to 25-28 as Houston inches toward playoff contention. The Nuggets still look secure at 30-22, but nothing's certain until the trade deadline passes. 'Melo figures to keep his name on the tongues of rumor mongers and NBA execs alike with outbursts like this; I imagine a few hundred thousands people in New York salivate while looking at this particular box score.

Ty Lawson did score 19 off the bench for Denver, and did it without hitting a three-pointer. Houston got 25 points from Luis Scola, and as Aaron Brooks served a one-game suspension for leaving the court after being benched by Rick Adelman in Houston's Saturday win, Kyle Lowry and Ish Smith combined for 13 assists and two turnovers.

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Celtics Vs. Bobcats: Gerald Wallace Leads Charlotte To Upset Over Boston, Despite Ray Allen's 25

The Boston Celtics shrunk down to their competition for roughly the 20th time this year in losing 94-89 to the Charlotte Bobcats. That's an exaggeration -- the Celtics have only lost to inferior teams a couple times this season -- but when you consider that if the Celtics beat obviously worse teams like the Bobcats they'd be hangin' out with the Spurs, it stands out.

Ray Allen scored 25 points and hit two three-pointers. He remains one made three from tying Reggie Miller atop the all-time leaderboard and, obviously, two away from taking the record as his own. For what it's worth, Allen took just two three-pointers all game; the opposite of a glory hound, Allen played within what the Bobcats defense gave him, and it resulted in a good night.

The Boston frontcourt, however, did not have a good night. Kevin Garnett had just nine points to go with 14 rebounds, and Kendrick Perkins scored just eight. Glen Davis came off the bench to shoot 1-5. With Semih Erden and Shaquille O'Neal out, the C's needed more up front on offense.

Gerald Wallace led the Bobcats with 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Shaun Livingston (!) came off the bench for 18. Kwame Brown shot 1-9, but he did have 12 rebounds. It's official: Charles Oakley has taught Kwame Brown how to rebound.

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Lakers Vs. Grizzlies: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol Share As L.A. Escapes Memphis

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol scored 19 and 17 points respectively as the L.A. Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-84 on Monday. L.A.'s defense was lovely, holding Memphis below 40 percent from the floor and refusing to foul much. The Grizzlies had just 17 free throw attempts, with Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay earning four each.

Despite all the Grizzlies' misses, L.A. did a fairly good job keeping Z-Bo and Marc Gasol off of the offensive glass. Randolph is the league's best offensive rebounder among regular players, and he had three o-boards in 40 minutes. He also shot just 2-14 and had four turnovers. It wasn't a great night for Zach Randolph.

It also wasn't the best night for Ron Artest, who got jacked in the nose by Marc. Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register reports that Pau lingered around Ron-Ron to make sure his teammate didn't seek retribution against his brother.

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Cavaliers Vs. Mavericks: Cleveland Loses 25th In A Row, But Just Barely

The Cleveland Cavaliers have now lost a record 25 games in a row, thanks to a 99-96 against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. The Cavs trailed by 10 points with less than three minutes remaining, but fought back to get within three on a Antawn Jamison three-pointer with 1:41 left. After a Jason Terry turnover, Jamison missed his opportunity for a tie.

The Mavericks turned the ball over again on their next offensive sequence, but maligned Cavs power forward J.J. Hickson, one of the team's great hopes entering the season, was called for an offensive foul. Terry hit a pull-up jumper to give the Mavs a five-point lead with 36 seconds left. Hickson availed himself a bit with a big putback dunk to get back within three, and Sessions stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki with Dallas milking the shot clock.

But on the Cavs' final possession of the night, Anthony Parker couldn't hit a three, and the Cavs failed to get a second shot up before the buzzer sounds. And just like that, these Cavs have the longest losing streak in NBA history. No ties, no conditions. No one has ever had this many Ls in a row on the schedule.

In other action:

Blazers 109, Bulls 103: LaMarcus Aldridge had 42 points as Portland managed to fight through Chicago's excellent defense and pull out a big home win. Derrick Rose was excellent with 36 points and six assists, but the Bulls' frontcourt simply couldn't stop Aldridge or Andre Miller (27 points, 11 assists, many of those alley-oops to LMA).

Timberwolves 104, Hornets 92: The New Orleans have these really weird stretches where half the team forgets how to play basketball, and it's just bad. Kevin Love had another double-double (of course), with 27 points and 17 rebounds. Anthony Tolliver (a center, allegedly) and Sebastian Telfair (an NBA-level guard, supposedly) combined to shoot 7-12 from beyond the arc off the bench.

Jazz 107, Kings 104: Utah trailed most of the fourth quarter, but the Kings constantly have problems executing in the fourth quarter, and crumbled in this one. Omri Casspi's three-point attempt to tie the game with seconds left was roughly five feet short. That's not an exaggeration.

Suns 104, Warriors 92: Phoenix led by 16 after one quarter, and managed to hold the Warriors' advances all game by remembering that Golden State is truly awful at defense, at basically every position. Channing Frye hit five of nine three-pointers for the Suns. Golden State hit two three-pointers period.

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