CLEVELAND One NBA player lords over LeBron James.
Carmelo Anthony rules Cleveland's hoops King.
"I know he hates losing to me," Anthony said with a laugh.
Anthony scored 27 points, All-Star sidekick Allen Iverson added 25 and the Denver Nuggets rolled to a 113-83 win Sunday night over the injury-depleted Cavaliers.
Anthony, who got to rest in the fourth quarter, improved to 8-2 in his pro career against good friend James, who scored 30 points in three quarters but got little help from a Cleveland team missing four key players, including two starters.
Though shorthanded, the Cavs have been able to get by playing good defense and came in 16-5 since Dec. 25. But from the opening tip on they didn't do nearly enough to slow the Nuggets, who handed Cleveland its worst home loss since April 5, 2005.
Denver led by 11 points after one quarter, 18 at halftime and pushed its advantage to 26 by the end of the third. At the end of that period, James stormed off the court, took a seat at the far end of Cleveland's bench and didn't take part in coach Mike Brown's huddle before the fourth quarter began.
LAKERS 104, HEAT 94: At Miami, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers used a 16-2 second-half run to pull away and beat the skidding Heat 104-94 Sunday in Miami's first home game of its post-Shaquille O'Neal era. Mark Blount finished with 22 points for Miami, which has lost seven straight and 22 of its last 23. Dwyane Wade scored 19 and Shawn Marion, playing his first game for the Heat since Wednesday's stunning deal that sent O'Neal to the Phoenix Suns for he and Marcus Banks, finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
CELTICS 98, SPURS 90: At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 35 points, Ray Allen had 19, and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists and 11 rebounds as Boston improved to 5-2 since losing Kevin Garnett to an abdominal strain. Tim Duncan had 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and Manu Ginobili scored 21 for the Spurs, who lost for the first time in five games.
NETS 101, MAVERICKS 82: At East Rutherford, N.J., Vince Carter scored 25 of his 29 points after nearly being knocked out by an elbow to the head, and inconsistent New Jersey off 21 straight points to stun Dallas. Richard Jefferson added 19 points and Jason Kidd put aside trade rumors once again to finish with 13 points, 14 assists and six rebounds, falling four rebounds shy of his 100th career triple-double.
Josh Boone and rookie Sean Williams, who had 15 points, did a great job of frustrating Dirk Nowitzki, limiting the All-Star forward to 21 points on 4-of-16 shooting. Nowitzki had only 10 points after the first quarter and most of those were in garbage time in the fourth quarter.
Josh Howard added 16 points for Dallas, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The 19-point losing margin was the second largest of the season for the Mavericks.
PISTONS 113, BOBCATS 87: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Tayshaun Prince scored 14 of his 21 points in the first quarter and Detroit won its eighth straight game. Richard Hamilton added 18 for Detroit, which had seven players with at least eight points. Jason Richardson, playing 30 minutes south of his hometown, led all scorers with 27 points.
RAPTORS 105, TIMBERWOLVES 82: At Minneapolis, Andrea Bargnani scored 16 points and Jose Calderon had 15 points and 10 assists for his second consecutive double-double to help Toronto beat Minnesota. All-Star Chris Bosh added 14 points for the Raptors, and T.J. Ford had seven points and 13 assists, his highest totals since returning to the lineup from injury Feb. 4. Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 18 points.
SUNS 108, WIZARDS 107: At Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire had 31 points, including two game-clinching free throws with 7.5 seconds to play, and Phoenix handed Washington its seventh straight loss.
The skid is Washington's longest in nearly four years.
Antwan Jamison scored 28 points and Brendan Haywood a season-high 21 for the Wizards, who last lost seven in a row from March 5-16, 2004.
Stoudemire also had 13 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Suns, who played with their newest member Shaquille O'Neal watching from the bench in street clothes.