Carmelo Anthony cleared to play Friday

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Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has been cleared by his doctor to play Friday night against Charlotte.

Anthony has missed the last 10 games with a broken bone in his right hand. He was hurt on Jan. 5 against Indiana. The team went 6-4 in his absence.

Anthony was averaging 21.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The Nuggets are leading the Northwest Division with a 30-16 record.