Sports - Denver Nuggets

Jan 1, 2011 11:33 PM by Jordan Mason

Nuggets beat Kings 104-86 even with Anthony rusty

DENVER (AP) - 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.

Anthony missed 15 of his first 18 shots and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes.

Anthony hadn't played since Dec. 18, missing five games following the death of Michelle Anthony, a 38-year-old mother of four who died Dec. 21. The funeral was Monday in Baltimore.

Chauncey Billups led Denver with 22 points and Nene had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Jason Thompson led the Kings with 17 points, and DeMarcus Cousins had 16.

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

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