Here's the final score: Denver-97, Milwaukee-91. It's great to here that Carmelo played so well, same with Earl. Too bad K-Mart didn't get any action.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony had 19 points before sitting out most of the second half, and Earl Boykins added 18 points and six assists to help the Denver Nuggets win their preseason opener 97-91 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.
Keith Van Horn and Michael Redd had 17 points each, and Desmond Mason added 16 for Milwaukee.
Anthony started off with a with a long jumper, then used five or six fakes on Van Horn to set up a baseline jumper. He kept going from there -- a square-up jumper, a no-look pass to Marcus Camby for a dunk, then a dunk of his own after a no-look pass from Boykins.
Anthony also pinned Maurice Williams' shot against the backboard and finished off the first half with a 3-point play, a huge grin spreading across his face as the ball fell through the basket. He finished the half with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, adding five rebounds and two assists to give the Nuggets a 54-43 lead.
Not bad for a player who earlier this week said he was still trying to get in shape.
Anthony was superb, but the fans will have to wait the debut of Denver's other star, Kenyon Martin. The All-Star power forward stubbed a toe in his hotel room Thursday morning and watched in street clothes.
Redd kept the Bucks in it in the first half, working his way through Denver's defense for some tough baskets at the rim. Van Horn did most of his work in the third quarter, scoring 11 points to help Milwaukee cut an 11-point deficit to 74-71 with 32 seconds left in the period.