Early in the second quarter Anthony Wright and Carmelo Anthony got locked up under the Nuggets' basket. There was some pulling and pushing and Anthony finally took an open-handed swipe at Wright. The refs got between them before things could escalate and then, at Rick Carlisle's urging, agreed to take a look at the replay to see if a punch was thrown.
Much was at stake. If it was ruled a punch, Anthony would have been ejected and likely suspended for the next game as well.
The refs, however, stuck to their original call of a technical on Anthony. Jet Terry made the free throw.
Josh Howard has been called "the X-factor" by Rick Carlisle and his Mavs' teammates and he's playing on two bad ankles but still....
Besides missing his first four shots of the game, he just tossed a careless pass straight into the hands of Dahtay Jones, who obligingly slammed down a dunk, prompting Carlisle to call a quick timeout. Nuggets lead 14-8 with 6:12 left in the first.