Mar 6, 2010 2:31 AM

Melo scores 34 as Nuggets beat Pacers at Pepsi Center

DENVER (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the Denver Nuggets overcame the injury-related absences of Kenyon Martin and Ty Lawson to beat the Indiana Pacers 122-114 on Friday night.

J.R. Smith added 20 points off the bench and Chauncey Billups had 14 for the Nuggets, who sent the Pacers to their fifth loss in a row on the road.

Nene and Chris Andersen each added 13 points and they combined for 16 rebounds, helping to make up for the absence inside of Martin, who sat out with a recurrence of left knee tendonitis. Lawson, a key reserve, missed a third straight game with a bruised left shoulder.

Danny Granger led the Pacers with 32 points. Troy Murphy added 14 points, and Roy Hibbert and Brandon Rush had 12 points apiece.

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