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NUGGETS 97, 76ERS 92

Denver made Michael Cooper a winner in his NBA coaching debut, ending a six-game losing streak.

Cooper became the interim coach Tuesday after Jeff Bzdelik was fired.

Carmelo Anthony had 24 points in his first game in two weeks for Denver. Anthony, back after missing five games with a sprained ankle, was 9-of-25 from the floor, but hit key shots in the fourth quarter and added eight rebounds and four assists.

Philadelphia's Allen Iverson scored 29, but had just four in the fourth quarter and finished 11-of-28 from the field. Marc Jackson added 15 points, and Kyle Korver had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who had their five-game road winning streak end.

Nuggets center Marcus Camby injured his back while blocking a shot in the first quarter. Camby was injured with 2:45 left when he pinned Iverson's shot against the backboard and went crashing to the floor. Camby grimaced as he lay on the floor for several seconds, then limped off to Denver's bench. The team said Camby has a hyperextended back and listed him as day to day.

WOLVES' TROUBLES: With everyone back on a team that made the Western Conference final, the Timberwolves expected to be at least as good this season.

The early going hasn't been smooth at all, though. The Wolves rank just sixth in the West, and owner Glen Taylor can't be pleased with a 16-11 record in exchange for one of the NBA's five highest payrolls.

"We've got to get our swagger back," said point guard Sam Cassell, one of several players responsible for the inconsistent start. "It's a big win to beat us. You can see in the teams that beat us, their celebrations."

"You're never where you want to be, unless you're 27-0," coach Flip Saunders said. "The only team that's probably feeling good right now is Miami, because they've won 13 in a row."

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