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Nuggets fans decide Melo is OK after 36-point effort

Denver - Carmelo Anthony won over the home crowd.

Anthony gave the fans at the Pepsi Center nothing to boo about Sunday night, scoring 36 points in the Denver Nuggets’ 121-107 victory over the Indiana Pacers, who lost their fifth straight.

Anthony had been subjected to jeers by the home crowd as trade talk intensified last week, but on this night the Denver fans showed him plenty of love, especially when he was raining 3s from all over the court as he put on a spectacular 23-point show in the third quarter.

Anthony’s career-best six 3-pointers all came in the third period as the Nuggets turned a close game into a laugher – a reversal of their game in November when the Pacers made their first 20 shots of the third quarter and rolled to a 144-113 win in Indianapolis.

“It was embarrassing,” Anthony said. “Not just for me, but for the team. So, of course, that motivated me tonight.”

Anthony didn’t look as tight as he had earlier in the week when the trade talk was so rampant. Nuggets coach George Karl acknowledged that the drama has weighed on his weary team.

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