[to top of second column]
"I think I need the gym and I need the juice of being happy about kicking someone's butt and preparing and watching video," Karl said. "I felt very early it made no sense for me to separate from the team. ... It's going to be my sanctuary to do what I like to do and forget maybe the things that are always going to pop into your mind."
Denver's Kenyon Martin had 18 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, but the night belonged to two of the league's top three scorers, who put on a memorable display.
Anthony added seven assists and six rebounds for the Nuggets. James' triple-double was his third of the season and 27th of his career. He scored 18 of Cleveland's 27 points in the fourth quarter and his 15 assists tied a career high.
James and Anthony entered first and third in the league in scoring, just as they entered the league in 2003 as the No. 1 and No. 3 overall picks. Neither disappointed on Thursday. The two combined to make just 4 of 20 shots in the first quarter, then spent the rest of the night hitting huge shots in each other's face.
"You want to play against the best on the biggest stage," James said. "Tonight was a big stage and we both did what we had to do to put our teams in position to win. He just made one more play."
The Cavaliers introduced Antawn Jamison on Thursday, but were a bit short-handed since he couldn't be activated in time for the game. They traded Zydrunas Ilgauskas on Wednesday to acquire Jamison in a three-team deal from Washington and the team is hopeful Jamison can be in the lineup Friday at Charlotte.
Shaquille O'Neal had 18 points and seven rebounds and J.J. Hickson had 14 points for Cleveland, which made just 23 of 40 free throws.
"We have to chalk this under another game of us beating ourselves," O'Neal said. "The whole world knows we beat ourselves tonight. Too many turnovers, too many missed shots."
NOTES: Denver reserve Chris Andersen walked to the locker room while holding his back in the fourth quarter. He did not return.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
< Sports index
Back to top
News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries
Law & Courts |
Spiritual Life |
Health & Fitness |
Calendar | Letters to the Editor