Jan 20, 2011 1:56 AM by Lee Douglas

Carmelo leads Nuggets past Thunder

DENVER (AP) - Carmelo Anthony's 35 points helped the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 Wednesday night, hours after New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced he would no longer pursue the All-Star forward in a mega-deal that had been the buzz of the NBA for weeks.

Chauncey Billups and Nene each added 16 points for the Nuggets, who grabbed the lead for good early in the fourth quarter of a game that was close all the way.

Russell Westbrook recorded his fifth straight double-double with 28 points and 10 assists for the Thunder, and Kevin Durant chipped in 22 points.

After the game, Anthony told the team's TV network: "It was personal. ... In spite of everything that is going on, I'm still here. ... I'm still a Denver Nugget."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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