DENVER Carmelo Anthonys 35 points helped the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 on Wednesday night, hours after New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced he no longer would pursue the All-Star forward in a megadeal that had been the buzz of the NBA for weeks.
Chauncey Billups and Nenê each added 16 points for the Nuggets, who grabbed the lead for good early in the fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook recorded his fifth consecutive double-double with 28 points and 10 assists for the Thunder, and Kevin Durant chipped in 22 points.
After the game, Anthony told the teams TV network: It was personal. ... In spite of everything that is going on, Im still here. ... Im still a Denver Nugget.
Nuggets coach George Karl said he wasnt surprised that Prokhorov pulled the plug but added he was more interested in the matchup between Anthony and Durant than in my billionaire friend from Russia kind of throwing another curveball or knuckleball into the process.