22 May 2009

Anthony shines as Nuggets dig deep to beat Lakers

5:05 pm on 22 May 2009

Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 34 points and nine rebounds as the Denver Nuggets upset the top-seeded Lakers 106-103 in Los Angeles to level their National Basketball Association Western Conference finals series at 1-1.

The lead changed hands three times in a nail-biting fourth quarter before two free throws from Chauncey Billups put the Nuggets ahead 105-101 with just under 14 seconds left.

Pau Gasol countered with two free throws for the Lakers but Billups was successful with one more attempt from the free-throw line to give Denver some breathing space with 4 seconds remaining.

TheLakers guard Derek Fisher missed a three-point jumper shortly before the buzzer leaving Denver to celebrate their comeback after they'd trailed by 14 points early in the second quarter.

The best-of-seven series will now shift to Denver for Sunday's's Game Three.