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News » Carmelo leads Nuggets to rout of Wade, Heat

Carmelo leads Nuggets to rout of Wade, Heat

Carmelo leads Nuggets to rout of Wade, Heat

Wade got off to a rough start, making just one of eight shots in the first quarter.

"I would have loved to get more open looks," Wade said. "They were doing a good job. It was no secret what they were doing, sending two guys. My teammates got to do a better job of making sure they get me open. We've got to continue to work the game, know what teams are going to do, don't be surprised when they send two guys, even three."

None of his teammates' shots were falling, either, so the Heat couldn't make the Nuggets pay for their focus on Wade.

"I want us to capitalize on it," Wade said. "I feel it's disrespectful to my teammates when they send two or three guys. I want us to capitalize. When we don't capitalize that's when it gets frustrating to me because I'm a willing passer, I want other guys to succeed, I want to make the game easy. We've got to capitalize more often."

Nene scored nine of his 15 points in an 13-0 second-quarter run that broke open a close game, giving the Nuggets a 42-28 lead. The Heat went five minutes without scoring, and Chauncey Billups and Anthony were on the bench for most of that time.

"The bottom just fell out," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We couldn't put together any kind of stops and offensively we weren't executing with any kind of pace, energy or passion. We're better than this. We've shown that."

The Nuggets took a 58-42 halftime lead, and it was more of the same in the second half as the Heat looked nothing like the team that that pounded Portland on Tuesday night to begin their four-game Western swing.

"We just felt to be aggressive on Wade was the best way to start, and fortunately we didn't have to change," Karl said. "He kind of picked Portland apart but we felt our bigs could get into a double-team a little more. Until the end of the third, when he started making some jump shots, I thought we did as good a job as you can on a great player who has the ball an awful lot of the game."

NOTES: Kenyon Martin scored 12 points before drawing back-to-back technical fouls late in the third quarter and getting ejected by referee Monty McCutchen. ... Wade, who was sidelined in his first trip to Denver as a rookie, has scored an average of 24.6 points in Denver but lost by an average of 13.6.

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