LeBron James just missed his first triple-double this season last night, but got something even more rare: A win over good buddy Carmelo Anthony.
James scored 22 points, most of them coming with Anthony guarding him. But Cleveland's megastar was on the bench when Mo Williams and the Cavaliers finally put away the Denver Nuggets and won their sixth straight, 110-99, in Cleveland.
James had lost his last five games against Anthony, whom he has known since high school. He's just 3-8 against his U.S. Olympic teammate since they broke into the league together in 2003.
The Nuggets lost for the first time in four games since acquiring Chauncey Billups in the blockbuster trade that sent Allen Iverson to Detroit.
Billups scored a season-high 26 points -- 18 in the first half -- Anthony had 18 and Kenyon Martin 12 with 10 rebounds for Denver.