NBA Wrap: Andre Miller wins it for Nuggets

NBA Wrap: Andre Miller wins it for Nuggets
April 20, 2013, 9:00 pm
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What will the Sixers do with Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday moving forward (see story)?

The playoffs kicked off Saturday with the Sixers not taking part for just the second time in six years. Here's a quick recap:

Andre Miller lifts Nuggets
DENVER -- Andre Miller scored a playoff career-high 28 points and sank a nifty layup with 1.3 seconds left that lifted the Denver Nuggets to a 97-95 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

Miller drove left past rookie Draymond Green, did an up-and-under between two defenders under the basket and banked the ball off the glass with his right hand.

The Warriors inbounded the ball and Stephen Curry's desperation 3-pointer wasn't anywhere close as the horn sounded and the Nuggets celebrated their 24th straight win at the Pepsi Center.

Miller scored 18 in the frenetic fourth quarter.

Game 2 is Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets posted an NBA-best 38-3 home record during the season (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

Celtics fall apart in fourth
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics, 85-78, on Saturday in their playoff opener.

After knocking the Celtics from the top of the Atlantic Division, the Knicks took the first step to knocking them out of the playoffs by holding Boston to three baskets and eight points in the final period.

Anthony, the NBA's scoring leader, shot only 13 for 29 from the field but scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including consecutive baskets late in the period that finally gave the Knicks breathing room in a tight game.

Game 2 is Tuesday night before the Celtics host Game 3 on Friday in what will be their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

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