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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 21 23 20 29 93 MIAMI 20 24 32 20 96 FINAL


DENVER (93) AT MIAMI (96)

DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

NEWMAN F 35 2-9 3-3 0 1 1 1 4 0 3 7 WOLF F 17 0-4 1-1 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 1 GARRETT C 37 6-8 2-4 4 8 12 2 0 0 1 14 STITH G 35 3-8 7-8 0 2 2 6 5 1 0 14 JACKSON G 38 7-15 4-4 1 4 5 2 3 1 2 19 FORTSON 26 1-6 4-4 0 6 6 3 3 0 5 6 L ELLIS 31 7-15 5-5 3 3 6 3 5 0 0 20 GOLDWIRE 10 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 1 LAUDERDALE 11 3-4 5-6 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 11 BATTIE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE WASHINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-70 32-37 9 30 39 17 29 2 12 93 (.414) (.865) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MASHBURN F 35 4-8 5-7 1 0 1 3 4 2 0 14 BROWN F 35 2-6 6-6 3 3 6 0 3 0 0 10 AUSTIN C 33 8-15 1-5 6 7 13 1 6 0 2 17 LENARD G 40 5-15 4-6 0 3 3 2 3 0 1 16 HARDAWAY G 36 10-16 3-4 3 8 11 8 3 1 2 26 MILLS 23 1-6 1-2 0 1 1 3 6 0 3 3 ASKINS 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 STRICKLAND 16 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 2 MURDOCK 12 3-5 2-3 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 8 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-75 22-33 13 27 40 21 32 5 12 96 (.453) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

DENVER 21 23 20 29 - 93 MIAMI 20 24 32 20 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - GARRETT 4. MIAMI - BROWN 2, MASHBURN, AUSTIN, LENARD, STRICKLAND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 3-8 (.375), NEWMAN 0-2, STITH 1-1, JACKSON 1-1, L ELLIS 1-4. MIAMI 6-16 (.375), MASHBURN 1-1, LENARD 2-7, HARDAWAY 3-5, MILLS 0-3. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TOM WASHINGTON, RODDY MOTT. A - 14,893. T - 2:23.


DENVER (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Newman 35 2-9 3-3 0-1 1 4 7 Wolf 17 0-4 1-1 0-3 0 5 1 Garrett 37 6-8 2-4 4-12 2 0 14 Stith 35 3-8 7-8 0-2 6 5 14 Jackson 38 7-15 4-4 1-5 2 3 19 Fortson 26 1-6 4-4 0-6 3 3 6 L Ellis 31 7-15 5-5 3-6 3 5 20 Goldwire 10 0-1 1-2 0-1 0 3 1 Lauderdale 11 3-4 5-6 1-3 0 1 11 Battie DNP - sprained right ankle Washington DNP - coach's decision Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-70 32-37 9-39 17 29 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.865. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Newman 0-2, Stith 1-1, Jackson 1-1, L Ellis 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Garrett 4). Turnovers: 13 (Fortson 5, Newman 3, Jackson 2, Garrett, Lauderdale). Steals: 2 (Jackson, Stith).

MIAMI (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mashburn 35 4-8 5-7 1-1 3 4 14 Brown 35 2-6 6-6 3-6 0 3 10 Austin 33 8-15 1-5 6-13 1 6 17 Lenard 40 5-15 4-6 0-3 2 3 16 Hardaway 36 10-16 3-4 3-11 8 3 26 Mills 23 1-6 1-2 0-1 3 6 3 Askins 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Strickland 16 1-3 0-0 0-3 2 2 2 Murdock 12 3-5 2-3 0-1 2 2 8 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Day DNP - coach's decision Smith DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-75 22-33 13-40 21 32 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Mashburn 1-1, Lenard 2-7, Hardaway 3-5, Mills 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Brown 2, Mashburn, Austin, Lenard, Strickland). Turnovers: 12 (Mills 3, Murdock 3, Austin 2, Hardaway 2, Askins, Lenard). Steals: 5 (Mashburn 2, Murdock 2, Hardaway). ____________________________________________ Denver 21 23 20 29 - 93 Miami 20 24 32 20 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:49 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,893. T: 2:23. Officials: Dan Crawford, Tom Washington, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

Tim Hardaway's three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining lifted the Miami Heat to a 96-93 victory over the winless Denver Nuggets, who made a valiant comeback before establishing the worst start in team history.

After rookie Bobby Jackson's three-pointer with 10.9 seconds left completed a 14-point comeback by Denver, Miami called time and got the ball at halfcourt. The Heat isolated Hardaway on Jackson about 35 feet away, and Hardaway drove hard, pulled up at the top of the key and sank the shot.

"I guess they were scared of (Voshon) Lenard and (Jamal) Mashburn, so they took their chances putting a rookie on me," said Hardaway. "I had to show him who the man was."

"He's been doing it for years," Jackson said. "He knows the game, hopefully I'll be like that in a few years."

Denver trailed 92-84 with 2:58 left until Jackson and LaPhonso Ellis carried the Nuggets on a tying 9-1 run. Jackson scored five points and Ellis netted four of his 20 in the burst.

"That was like a heavyweight battle," Denver coach Bill Hanzlik said. "We each took turns knocking each other down. To tie it after being down 14 is fantastic."

Ellis had time for a three-pointer from the top of the key before the buzzer, but it bounced off the rim.

"Somtimes, when it leaves your hand, you know it's no good," said Ellis. "Sometimes it's 50-50, and sometimes you know it's good. Mine was the latter, and that's why I'm so disappointed."

Heat coach Pat Riley passed another milestone, taking sole possession of fifth place on the all-time list with 865 coaching victories. The win moved him past Jack Ramsey.

"It's an honor," Riley said. "If I got by Jack Ramsey, it means I've been around awhile. I love coaching, it's a great life."

Hardaway scored 15 of his 26 points in the second half to pace Miami to its fifth straight victory over Denver. It was the second game-winner this season for Hardaway, who made a floater at the buzzer to beat Washington on November 1st.

"We tried to trap Hardaway," said Hanzlik. "But he's got such confidence in his shot. I told Bobby, 'you're not the first guy that happened to.'"

The Nuggets (0-8) started the 1979 and 1990 seasons with seven consecutive defeats. Denver and Golden State (0-8) are the league's only winless teams. The Warriors lost to Portland in a late game.

Jackson finished with 19 points, Dean Garrett had 14 and 12 rebounds and Bryant Stith added 14 points. Ellis led the bench, which also got an 11-point effort from 7-4 Priest Lauderdale, the catalyst of two fourth-quarter runs.

Miami held an 86-72 lead before the Nuggets mounted a 10-0 run midway through the period. Lauderdale hit three shots from the line before Jackson's bucket with 5:40 cut it to 88-77. He followed with a pair of free throws before journeyman Joe Wolf nailed a three-pointer to pull Denver within six.

P.J. Brown hit two foul shots and Hardaway hit from behind the arc to give the Heat a 91-82 cushion, but Lauderdale made a basket to once again ignite a rally.

Hardaway converted 10-of-16 shots, grabbed eight rebounds and had eight assists. He also had a chance to put away the game before his big shot, poking the ball away from Ellis. But he was beaten to the loose ball by Jackson, who wound up with an open shot.

Isaac Austin had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Voshon Lenard added 16 as Miami sank 45 percent (34-of-75) from the floor.

The Nuggets shot just 41 percent (29-70) but did make 32-of-37 free throws (86 percent).

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