Carmelo Anthony leads Nuggets to 132-98 rout of Suns

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DENVER (AP) -- Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 31 points and Carmelo Anthony followed up one of his worst shooting performances with a 28-point effort, helping the Denver Nuggets snap a three-game skid with a 132-98 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

Anthony, the subject of trade talks all season, was greeted early by the crowd with a smattering of boos but quickly reversed the mood with his hustle and hanging jumpers.

He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

That was a sharp contrast to Sunday night, when Anthony scored just eight points and drew jeers like he'd never heard before at Pepsi Center.

Ty Lawson scored 16 points and J.R. Smith added 15 to help the Nuggets avoid their first four-game losing streak in nearly four years.
Grant Hill misses game vs. Nuggets with sore knee, ankle
Phoenix Suns forward Grant Hill sat out against the Denver Nuggets with a sore right knee and ankle, ending his streak of appearing in 70 regular-season games in a row.

Hill left Sunday's game against Cleveland in the first quarter after colliding with rookie Manny Harris under the basket. He didn't return during the 108-100 win.

Suns coach Alvin Gentry said Tuesday before the game that if the decision was left up to Hill, the 38-year-old would play. But Gentry added that it's "best to sit him out."

Hill has battled injuries throughout his career and says he'll simply have to begin a new streak.

He's averaging 14.2 points and 4.8 rebounds this season.

He's also 15 points from reaching 16,000 for his career.