There was only one game in the Association on Sunday. This probably has something to do with the fact that some other sport had two championship games being played. (The Beef will sure give the football fans streaming into town over the next two weeks a warm and hateful welcome.) The Indiana Pacers were on their last stop of their four-game road trip in Denver to face the Nuggets.
Indiana has been struggling of late losing their previous four games and seven of their last nine dating back to January 2. For a while, the game remained close as the teams could never seem to pull away from each other. However, the Nuggets began to pull away towards halftime. After the half they would put the Pacers away for good.
In the third, Carmelo Anthony hit a career high six three-pointers. Many of which were uncontested. By the time the buzzer sounded at the end of the third, Anthony had totaled 23 points and the Nuggets had a commanding 93-78 lead. Denver won the game with a score of 121-107.
Anthony had begun his night hearing boo’s from the Pepsi Center crowd. After heating up in the third quarter the fans had little to boo about. He finished the night with 36 points.
For now the Denver fans can breathe easy again, all the ‘Melodrama’ has subsided. Hopefully, they will not kid themselves because it is sure to surface again.
The Pacers did not have much to show for their effort on Sunday evening. However, the work of Jeff Foster and Tyler Hansbrough on the boards is not to be neglected. Each of them cleaned the offensive glass pulling down four and five offensive rebounds respectively. Foster has always been a rebounding specialist (his is always where he needs to be). Clearly, Foster’s influence has been rubbing off on Hansbrough who, when he came out of college, was an undersized post player…and white. There could be no better rebounding coach for him than Foster. (His skill set is not dynamic enough to mention other possible mentors around the league.)