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Jack Dempsey, Associated Press
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony locks arms with teammate J.R. Smith before the start of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in Denver.

DENVER — Manu Ginobili sparked the Spurs to a big fourth-quarter lead and he drew the foul that negated Carmelo Anthony's winning basket in San Antonio's 113-112 escape from the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

The Spurs led 111-108 with 8 seconds left when Anthony got behind the defense for a dunk. Antonio McDyess' inbounds pass was deflected by J.R. Smith off Ginobili's head and into the arms of Anthony, whose basket gave the Nuggets a 112-111 lead with 7.1 seconds left.

Ginobili's running bank shot at 4.2 seconds put the Spurs back on top 113-112.

After a timeout, Anthony got the inbounds pass from Ty Lawson and drove the lane. He ran over Ginobili as he made a buzzer-beater that was called off for an offensive foul.

After a review, the officials put .4 seconds back on the clock, and the Spurs inbounded the ball for the win.