Anthony leaves Nuggets after sister's death

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San Antonio, TX - Carmelo Anthony has left the Denver Nuggets to be with his family following the death of his sister and is not expected back until after Christmas, the team said Wednesday.

Michelle Anthony died on Tuesday in Baltimore of what the Nuggets called a pre-existing medical condition. She is survived by four children, the team said.

Denver's star forward missed Wednesday's 109-103 loss to San Antonio and is averaging 24 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 24 games this season.


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