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Jim Prisching, Associated Press
Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony (15) is defended by the Milwaukee Bucks' Carlos Delfino (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE — Carmelo Anthony scored 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Milwaukee Bucks 94-87 on Wednesday night in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break.

Anthony shook off a sore right shoulder after being hit in Monday night's loss to Houston to go 16 of 30 from the field and leave a lasting impression before heading to Los Angeles.

Chauncey Billups scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Nuggets got a much needed win after coming with four losses in five games.

John Salmons scored a season-high 33 points and Andrew Bogut grabbed 20 rebounds, but the Bucks lost for the eighth time in 10 games as they continue to be the worst-shooting and lowest-scoring team in the NBA.