Nuggets beat Suns without Anthony

DENVER — J.R. Smith scored a season-high 30 points and the Denver Nuggets overcame the absence of Carmelo Anthony to hold off the Phoenix Suns 138-133 Sunday night in the highest scoring game in the NBA this season.

Chauncey Billups returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sprained right wrist and had 25 points and eight assists for the Nuggets.

Anthony was feeling ill Friday against Chicago but still played and hit the winner in the final seconds. Sunday he lasted just 2:48 before sitting down for good.

Jason Richardson did his best to keep Phoenix in it with 39 points, and Steve Nash had 17 points and 11 assists.

Pacers 95, Lakers 92

At Los Angeles, Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Indiana got its first victory over the Lakers at Staples Center.

Danny Granger added 18 points for the Pacers, who had lost 11 straight to the Lakers on the road since Feb. 14, 1999, shortly before Staples Center opened.

Spurs 109, Hornets 95

At New Orleans, Manu Ginobili scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half and San Antonio overcame a 17-point deficit to hand New Orleans its first home loss of the season.

Tim Duncan scored 21 points and Richard Jefferson added 19 for the Spurs, who matched a franchise-best 7-0 start on the road, set in the 2006-07 season.

Jazz 109, Clippers 97

At Los Angeles, Deron Williams had 26 points and nine assists and Utah won its fifth straight.

Knicks 125, Pistons 116, 2OT

At Auburn Hills, Mich., Amare Stoudemire had 37 points and 15 rebounds, and Raymond Felton added 23 points and 11 assists for New York.

Rockets 99, Thunder 98

At Houston, Kevin Martin scored 23 points and Shane Battier hit 4 of 6 attempts from 3-point range for Houston.

Hawks 96, Raptors 78

At Toronto, Josh Smith had his third career triple-double and Marvin Williams added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta.

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