DENVER - Charlie Bell got Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts’ attention at both ends of the court. “Charlie did more than what his offensive line showed,” Stotts said. “He was terrific guarding Carmelo Anthony.” Bell scored 17 points, and Michael Redd had 24 points and nine rebounds in the Bucks’ 110-89 victory over Denver on Monday night. Anthony had 19 points for Denver, but only four in the second half after the Bucks took a 24-point lead. “I didn’t do anything special with Carmelo except to stay with him,” Bell said. “We knew we had enough points and that all we had to do is defend in the second half.” Anthony slipped out through a side door before commenting on his 6-for-12 shooting night. He was 7 for 7 from the line. “Everybody helped with Carmelo,” Stotts said. “But Charlie took the challenge.” There was plenty of help for Bell and Redd on the offensive end. Andrew Bogut and Jamaal Magloire scored 16 points apiece for the Bucks, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Nuggets dating to Jan. 25, 2003. “They just played a com- plete game,” Denver guard Earl Boykins said. “When you give up as many points as we did in the first half, it’s hard to win anything.” Milwaukee shot 58 percent in the first half to take a 69-45 lead. The 69 points are the Bucks’ most in a half this season. “I thought just the opposite would happen with us coming out fast,” Denver coach George Karl said. “Instead, the opposite happened and we were outworked and outplayed.” Boykins, who had eight of Denver’s 18 points in the fourth quarter connected on his first three shots to cut it to 93-79 with 7:22 left, but Bobby Simmons hit a 3-pointer. The Nuggets closed within 14 again on Boykins’ two free throws, but Joe Smith hit a jumper and a layup with 5:08 left to make it 102-84. The Bucks had 11 turnovers Monday and Denver scored only nine points in transition. Newcomers Ruben Patterson and Reggie Evans combined for 11 points for the Nuggets. NEXT Detroit (47-9) at Denver (30-27), 7 p.m. Wednesday, Altitude, 1300/950 AM
Colorado Springs Gazette has disabled the comments for this article.