Atlanta Outduels 'Mello & Iverson

ATLANTA (AP) _ Joe Johnson scored 22 points and the Atlanta
Hawks held off a late rally by the Denver Nuggets for a 104-to-93
victory Tuesday night.
Denver trailed by 25 early in the third quarter but cut the lead
to 101-93 on Carmelo Anthony's fallaway with 1:50 left. But Allen
Iverson and J.R. Smith were ejected with 39 seconds left and the
Nuggets could get no closer.
Iverson was called for turnovers on consecutive possessions.
Iverson, hoping for a foul call on the second turnover, protested
to officials and was ejected. Smith joined the argument, also
earning his exit.
Anthony scored 36 points, Iverson had 27 and Smith 21. No other
Denver player scored more than five points. Denver had been 12-2
when Anthony scored 27 or more.
The Hawks won with superior balance.
Marvin Williams scored 19 and Josh Childress 17 as six Atlanta
players scored in double figures.
There were two ties in the opening minutes but Atlanta never
trailed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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