Don't tell the Nuggets this was just another game. Not after what the Clippers did to them in the playoffs last year.
Carmelo Anthony scored 33, J.R. Smith added 23 and the Nuggets got at least a small amount of revenge against their nemesis, beating the Clippers 103-88 on Sunday night for their fifth straight win.
"I think there was a little anger there," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "I know I said in the huddle a couple of times that we owe this team."
The Nuggets won the Northwest Division of the Western Conference last season, yet opened the playoffs on the road because the sixth-seeded Clippers had a better record.
Lakers 99, Nets 93
LOS ANGELES - Lamar Odom scored 21 and Kobe Bryant added 19 and a season-high 10 assists for the Lakers, winners of five of their last six games. Los Angeles won despite Bryant's 8-of-24 shooting night.
Spurs 98, SuperSonics 78
SEATTLE - Tony Parker scored 12 of his 20 in the fourth quarter, and the Spurs improved upon the best road start in franchise history (7-0).
Tim Duncan became the third Spurs player to eclipse 15,000 points in his career, joining David Robinson and George Gervin.
Suns 119, Trail Blazers 101
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Suns' Raja Bell scored a season-high 30, including seven 3-pointers.
Phoenix led by as many as 25, and all of its starters scored in double figures in the team's fourth straight win.
Amare Stoudemire, coming back from surgery on his left knee that forced him to miss all but three games last season, had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Raptors 92, Pacers 83
TORONTO - Chris Bosh had 17 points and 11 rebounds and four other Raptors reached double figures in scoring. Andrea Bargnani scored 14 for the Raptors, who never trailed.
SURGERY FOR ROBINSON: Nets forward-center Clifford Robinson, among the NBA's career leaders in games and minutes played, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today. Robinson, who turns 40 next month, hasn't played since Nov. 18, when he had two points in 22 minutes against Portland.