J.R. Smith broke a tie in the final minutes with a layup and immediately followed with a jumper, lifting the Denver Nuggets to a 104-96 victory over the struggling and short-handed Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
“Everybody’s been telling me to catch and shoot and stop trying to make plays off the dribble,” J.R. Smith said. “The last month and a half, two months, I’ve been passing up a lot of open 3s to get to the basket. Everybody wants me to catch and shoot, so that’s what I did tonight.”
J.R. Smith scored 28 points and Carmelo Anthony added 21, leading the Nuggets to a 130-102 win over a Miami Heat team missing LeBron James on Thursday night.
Carmelo Anthony was rusty in his return to the Denver lineup after a two-week absence following the death of his sister, and his teammates picked up the slack in the Nuggets’ 104-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.
The Denver Nuggets didn’t need Carmelo Anthony’s heroics to beat the Phoenix Suns. In fact, they didn’t need Anthony at all.
Carmelo Anthony made a jumper as time expired and the Denver Nuggets, after blowing a 19-point, third-quarter lead, came back to beat the Chicago Bulls 98-97 on Friday night.