DENVER (AP) -- Nene scored 24 points and the Denver Nuggets weathered the third-quarter ejection of star forward Carmelo Anthony to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-94 Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive win.
J.R. Smith had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Chauncey Billups added 16 points for the Nuggets, who defeated the only team to sweep the season series from them last year. Milwaukee went 2-0 against Denver in 2009-10.
John Salmons scored 21 points for the Bucks. Corey Maggette added 17 points and Larry Sanders and Brandon Jennings had 14 apiece.
Anthony had 14 points when he was tossed with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter for arguing with officials over a non-call.
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