Sports - Denver Nuggets

Feb 8, 2011 1:25 AM by Lee Douglas

Carmelo scores 50 but Nuggets still lose

DENVER (AP) - Kevin Martin scored 37 points and the Houston Rockets took advantage of Nene's absence and Chauncey Billups' early exit to beat the Denver Nuggets 108-103 Monday night despite Carmelo Anthony's 50-point effort that tied his career high.

Martin, who had just eight points in his previous trip to Denver, scored 18 in the decisive third quarter, half of them during a 13-0 run the Rockets used to grab control at 71-56. He started and ended the run with buckets to go with a fast-break basket and a 3-pointer.

Luis Scola chipped in 25 points for the Rockets, who handed Denver its seventh loss in 28 home games.

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