Pacers Crush Nuggets–Drop 54 in 3rd

By brianneese

The Indiana Pacers beat the Denver Nuggets 144-113, lighting up the scoreboard with a near-perfect 3rd quarter.

Josh McRoberts missed a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining – the only shot the Pacers missed in the 3rd quarter.  Making their first 20 shots of the quarter, the Pacers scored 54 in the 12 minutes.

Mike Dunleavy had a monster game, scoring 24 of his 31 points in the 3rd.  Previously he had been in a shooting slump for the early season – and was due for a break out.

Collison added 29, Hibbert had three blocks, while Hansbrough and Rush added 20 and 16 points off the bench.  Carmelo Anthony was held to just 13 points – on five of 15 from the field.

The win brings the Pacers to 3-3.  They will host the Houston Rockets on Friday night and then play in Cleveland on Saturday.

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