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Smith, Anthony lead Nuggets past Warriors

Nov 25, 2006 - 5:02 AM DENVER (Ticker) -- J.R. Smith did much more with less time.

In an offense-charged contest, Smith scored 31 points in less than 25 minutes and Carmelo Anthony poured in 30 as the Denver Nuggets cruised to a 140-129 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the finale of a home-and-home series.

Earl Boykins had 17 points and 10 assists and Marcus Camby finished with 13, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocks for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight game.

"We definitely wanted to speed the game up, go as fast as we can and score as many points as we can," Smith said. "It's definitely a fun game because you're getting out in transition after every rebound we get."

In Wednesday's win over Golden State, Smith played 35 minutes, scoring 13 points. He was much more proficient in less time Friday, netting 12-of-18 shots, including four 3-pointers.

"J.R. Smith caught fire in the second half and he came to me and said he was feeling it," Anthony said. "He hit his first three in the fourth quarter and I said, 'Let's roll with it.' He's got a lot of confidence right now and he's helping us out offensively. We have to keep that going for the whole season."

"I think J.R. is giving us a big lift, hitting that shot on the perimeter," Nuggets coach George Karl said.

The Nuggets used a 14-7 run at the end of the second quarter for a 71-60 cushion at the break. Back-to-back dunks by Anthony highlighted the surge.

"It felt like a recreation game tonight," Anthony said. "We get out there running, you score, then they come back down and score. Then you keep on going back and forth. The offense that we're playing right now, we can beat any team. The defense we can't be giving up 120 points, that can't be happening."

Denver held a 109-93 lead after three quarters and rolled thereafter.

"I was happy we had a lot of guys playing well, though the defense was weird," Karl said. "I don't think we can be ultra-successful if we don't play better defensively."

The Nuggets set an NBA season high with 42 assists.

"Forty-two assists was probably my happiest thing," Karl said. "Anytime we pass the ball it should be a good night. We have a team that if we are going to run and pass the ball, J.R. and Melo are going to get their points."

Andris Biedrins made 14-of-17 shots and had a career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Barnes scored 21 points for the Warriors, who dropped their sixth straight game in Denver and third overall.

"We have a heck of a young center (Biedrins)," Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "He's pretty special. All he does is play. He makes simple decisions and I wish I had nine of them like him. He might be the best center I've ever coached."

"I had a really good day," Biedrins said. "My teammates were giving me the ball. I think I can be much better. I'm just starting to get confidence and the coach is trusting me more. This game we just played really bad defense. We can't let a team score 70 points in a half."

The Nuggets shot 55 percent (52-of-94) while the Warriors, who committed 26 turnovers, shot 57 percent (53-of-93).

"We didn't follow our game plan. You can't let guys come out and score 140 points," Golden State guard Jason Richardson said, who scored 18 points. "That's just absurd. It's depressing."

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