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The Allen Iverson/Chauncey Billups trade keeps getting better for the Denver Nuggets, but I don’t think anyone expected this: Scoring 33 points in the 3rd quarter of last night’s Denver/Minnesota match up.

Not only did Anthony erupt, he also did it in an efficient manner — 12-15 from the field, 4-5 from behind arc and 5-6 from the free throw line. `Melo joins George Gervin as the only other person to score as many points in one quarter of NBA basketball.

Bonus: The Nuggets won.

Carmelo finished with 45 for the game, and the aforementioned Billups — MVP-worthy since the trade? — he scored 24 points and handed out 6 dimes. Other tidbits: During his scoring explosion, `Melo scored 24-straight points. For the quarter, the Nuggets finished with 40 total points, meaning the rest of the team scored 7 while Carmelo did the rest.

One last thing about Billups; the Nuggets are 14-4 since the Iverson swap. Again I ask, MVP-worthy?