(AP) DENVER -- Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Chauncey Billups had 22 and the Denver Nuggets used their biggest scoring first half of the season to pull away from the short-handed Golden State Warriors for a 135-107 victory Tuesday night.
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Nene (18 points) and Chris Andersen (14) were among seven Denver players scoring in double figures, helping the Nuggets finish with a season high for points and rebound emphatically from Sunday's embarrassing loss to Minnesota. The Timberwolves snapped their 15-game losing streak at Denver's expense while putting an end to the Nuggets' 17-game home-winning streak.
It was the 11th win in the Nuggets' last 12 games at the Pepsi Center against the injury-depleted Warriors, who used only eight players in the game. Golden State split back-to-back games that began in Oakland with Monday night's 126-107 win over Indiana.
Anthony Morrow's 27 points led the Warriors. Vladimir Radmanovic added a season-high 17 for the Warriors, who fell to 2-8 on the road.
Up by 14 at halftime, the Nuggets extended their lead to 107-84 by the end of the third quarter, closing the period with a flourish on successive dunks by Andersen. The Warriors didn't get close enough to threaten the rest of the way.
Down by eight after Monta Ellis' three-point play late in the first quarter, the Nuggets gained control with a second-quarter surge that saw them match a season high for points in a quarter (44) and points in the first half (69) en route to a 69-55 lead at halftime.
They used a 10-2 spree capped by Anthony's 18-foot jumper to regain the lead 39-33, and later put together a 12-0 run punctuated by Anthony's three-point play to go up 60-42 with 3:10 left in the second quarter.
On the verge of getting blown out in the first half after Billups hit a 3-pointer that put the Nuggets up 67-45 with 1:36 left in the second, the Warriors closed the period by outscoring the Nuggets 10-2, including successive 3-pointers by Ellis and Stephen Curry to narrow the Nuggets' lead to 14 at the break.
NOTES: The Nuggets' previous game high was 133 points against Memphis on Nov. 1. The previous first-half high for points was 67, also against Memphis. They equaled their third-quarter points production of 44 at New Jersey on Nov. 4. ... Anthony remains the only NBA player to have scored at least 20 points in every game this season. ... The Warriors fell to 2-8 against teams with a winning record.
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