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News » Mr. Big Shot is back

Mr. Big Shot is back

Mr. Big Shot is back
When Carmelo Anthony's 3-pointer fell through the net on Jan. 2 to give the Denver Nuggets a 122-120 victory over the Thunder, Jeff Green stood stone still similar to 18,000 that night at the Ford Center.

"It dropped right in my hands," Green remembered about Anthony's shot. "I was sitting up under the rim and it just dropped and I didn't know what to do."

To this point, Anthony's shot stands as the most memorable play inside the Ford Center this season. And Denver's star forward has returned from a 10-game absence caused by a broken right hand just in time to lead his Nuggets into town for Act Two tonight at 7.

"It was like we lost the championship game at the last second," said Kevin Durant, who only seconds earlier hit a go-ahead 3-pointer. "We played well up until then. But for him to just take the game away from us, that shows how great a player he is. Hopefully it doesn't end up like that this time."

Anthony sustained a broken bone in his hand just two games after his Ford Center buzzer-beater with 0.1 second remaining. Tonight's game will be only his second back after scoring 19 points in an 11-point win last Friday against Charlotte.

The timeline of Anthony's injury and return seems fitting for a struggling Thunder team that is 11-37 and has been dealt four back-breaking defeats inside the final 30 seconds this season.

"I don't wish any ill on him, but couldn't he have broken his hand a game before?" joked Thunder chairman Clay Bennett last month.

In hindsight, Anthony's stunning shot could be considered the turning point of this Thunder season. Oklahoma City fell to 4-30 following that last-second loss to the Nuggets but went 7-6 the rest of January, going 2-1 in overtime and winning on an 18-foot buzzer beating bank shot on Jan. 21 at Golden State.

"By that shot we learned what it takes to really seal a game and it was getting stops," Green said. "And if you look at the seven games we've won the past 14 games, our defense has been remarkable. I feel like if we hold teams under 100, get stops when we need them and then run our offense to precision we'll be great.

"We're going to try to get that one last stop or get plenty of stops so the game doesn't come to that." Nuggets AT Thunder

→When: 7 tonight

→Where: Ford Center

→TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37)

→Radio: WWLS-FM 98.1, WWLS-AM 640

→Live blog:

Three things to know

Kevin Durant has shot 56 free throws in the last five games.

→Denver is sixth in the league in scoring at 104.1 points per game.

→The Nuggets have won four of their last five games.

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Added: February 6, 2009


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