Anthony expected back Friday

HOUSTON -- Denver star Carmelo Anthony is sitting out Wednesday's game in Houston to rest a sprained left ankle.

Anthony is the NBA's second-leading scorer behind LeBron James, averaging 29.7 points per game. He also skipped Monday's win over Charlotte after hurting his ankle in Saturday's overtime victory against New Orleans.

The 6-foot-8 Anthony will miss his seventh game this season due to injury. He sat out five games earlier this month with a bruised right knee.

Nuggets coach George Karl says he expects Anthony to return for Friday's game in Oklahoma City.