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Jan 14, 2010 1:38 AM

Melo and Chauncey combine for 51 as Nuggets blow out Magic

DENVER (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and Chauncey Billups added 24 to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 115-97 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

It was Denver's fourth win in five games, including victories over fellow division leaders Orlando and Cleveland.

Matt Barnes scored a season-high 28 points for Orlando. JJ Redick, with 13 points, and Mickael Pietrus, with 12, were the only other Magic players in double figures.

The Magic were playing without their leading scorer, Vince Carter (shoulder), for a third straight game and the second game of a back to back after winning at Sacramento the night before.

Dwight Howard, who had 30 points and 16 rebounds in the win over the Kings, had 13 rebounds but was held to 8 points against the Nuggets.

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