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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 25 32 21 36 114 LA LAKERS 32 37 34 29 132 FINAL


DENVER (114) AT LA LAKERS (132)

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

BATTIE F 26 7-18 2-3 10 0 10 0 5 1 3 16 L ELLIS F 29 3-13 5-8 2 4 6 1 4 1 2 11 D GARRETT C 29 2-7 1-2 3 3 6 0 3 0 3 5 GOLDWIRE G 28 3-8 2-2 1 0 1 5 1 2 0 9 JACKSON G 36 5-12 5-6 1 3 4 5 1 3 4 15 FORTSON 25 6-9 6-7 2 3 5 0 4 0 1 19 WASHINGTON 31 6-10 1-1 1 3 4 4 5 1 1 17 H ELLIS 21 4-4 9-12 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 17 LAUDERDALE 11 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 2 WOLF 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 K GARRIS 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 NEWMAN DNP - SORE LEFT SHOULDER

TOTALS 240 38-89 31-41 20 17 37 18 30 10 15 114 (.427) (.756) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16(24 PTS)

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

HORRY F 19 0-2 1-2 0 6 6 2 1 0 1 1 FOX F 30 6-8 3-4 1 3 4 6 4 2 3 15 ONEAL C 32 14-20 6-11 8 2 10 2 2 0 1 34 JONES G 28 7-13 3-3 1 0 1 4 3 4 2 19 FISHER G 35 2-5 2-2 1 4 5 13 4 4 5 6 BRYANT 23 3-8 7-8 1 2 3 5 1 0 2 14 BLOUNT 16 5-7 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 12 CAMPBELL 20 4-6 4-4 4 3 7 2 3 1 1 12 BARRY 20 2-7 2-2 1 2 3 4 1 0 3 7 ROOKS 10 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 BENNETT 7 3-4 2-4 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 8 VAN EXEL DNP - SORE LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 47-82 34-44 19 25 44 40 26 11 18 132 (.573) (.773) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

DENVER 25 32 21 36 - 114 LA LAKERS 32 37 34 29 - 132

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - D GARRETT 2, JACKSON, WASHINGTON, H ELLIS, LAUDERDALE. LA LAKERS - CAMPBELL 4, HORRY 2, ONEAL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 7-12 (.583), L ELLIS 0-2, GOLDWIRE 1-2, JACKSON 0-1, FORTSON 1-1, WASHINGTON 4-5, WOLF 1-1. LA LAKERS 4-15 (.267), HORRY 0-1, FOX 0-2, JONES 2-5, BRYANT 1-3, BLOUNT 0-1, BARRY 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, GREG WILLARD, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 15,067. T - 2:12.


DENVER (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 26 7-18 2-3 10-10 0 5 16 L Ellis 29 3-13 5-8 2-6 1 4 11 D Garrett 29 2-7 1-2 3-6 0 3 5 Goldwire 28 3-8 2-2 1-1 5 1 9 Jackson 36 5-12 5-6 1-4 5 1 15 Fortson 25 6-9 6-7 2-5 0 4 19 Washington 31 6-10 1-1 1-4 4 5 17 H Ellis 21 4-4 9-12 0-0 2 3 17 Lauderdale 11 1-6 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Wolf 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 K Garris 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Newman DNP - sore left shoulder _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-89 31-41 20-37 18 30 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.756. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (L Ellis 0-2, Goldwire 1-2, Jackson 0-1, Fortson 1-1, Washington 4-5, Wolf 1-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (D Garrett 2, Jackson, Washington, H Ellis, Lauderdale). Turnovers: 16 (Jackson 4, Battie 3, D Garrett 3, L Ellis 2, Fortson, Lauderdale, Washington). Steals: 10 (Jackson 3, Goldwire 2, Battie, H Ellis, L Ellis, Lauderdale, Washington).

LA LAKERS (132) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 19 0-2 1-2 0-6 2 1 1 Fox 30 6-8 3-4 1-4 6 4 15 Oneal 32 14-20 6-11 8-10 2 2 34 Jones 28 7-13 3-3 1-1 4 3 19 Fisher 35 2-5 2-2 1-5 13 4 6 Bryant 23 3-8 7-8 1-3 5 1 14 Blount 16 5-7 2-2 0-2 0 1 12 Campbell 20 4-6 4-4 4-7 2 3 12 Barry 20 2-7 2-2 1-3 4 1 7 Rooks 10 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 4 4 Bennett 7 3-4 2-4 2-3 2 2 8 Van Exel DNP - sore left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-82 34-44 19-44 40 26 132 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.573, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Horry 0-1, Fox 0-2, Jones 2-5, Bryant 1-3, Blount 0-1, Barry 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Campbell 4, Horry 2, Oneal). Turnovers: 18 (Fisher 5, Barry 3, Fox 3, Bryant 2, Jones 2, Campbell, Horry, Oneal). Steals: 11 (Fisher 4, Jones 4, Fox 2, Campbell). ____________________________________________ Denver 25 32 21 36 - 114 La Lakers 32 37 34 29 - 132 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,067. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Forte, Greg Willard, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

The Denver Nuggets' forgettable season reached a new low when they allowed the Los Angeles Lakers to match their season-high point total and took over the NBA's longest losing streak this season with their 18th consecutive defeat, 132-114.

Denver's skid surpassed the 17-game losing streak compiled by the Toronto Raptors from November 6th-December 9th. Ironically, the Nuggets' streak began the day Toronto suffered the final defeat in its slide.

"I like to look on the bright side," Denver coach Bill Hanzlik said. "I thought offensively we did some good things. Defensively we were an F-minus, which you could see by the percentage the Lakers shot and how many dunks they had."

Shaquille O'Neal poured in 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in just 32 minutes for the Lakers, who also scored 132 points against the Golden State Warriors on November 9th. Eddie Jones added 19 points and Rick Fox had 15 for the Lakers, who defeated the Nuggets for the sixth straight time.

"I'm shooting high percentage shots," said O'Neal, who has scored over 30 points in four straight games. "My stroke is feeling pretty good. The guys are giving me the ball where I need to have it."

The Lakers played without starting point guard Nick Van Exel, who did not dress due to a knee injury. Derek Fisher started and dished out a career-high 13 assists.

Rookie Danny Fortson had 19 points for Denver, which also suffered its 19th straight road loss.

Denver hung around long enough to be within 20-18 with 3:41 left in the first quarter before Los Angeles used an 8-2 burst to build a 28-20 lead after two free throws by Jones with 1:36 remaining in the quarter. The Nuggets got no closer than five points thereafter.

The Lakers had a 32-25 lead after one quarter behind 12 points from O'Neal. Nuggets rookie Eric Washington buried four three-pointers and scored 15 of his 17 points in the second, but Los Angeles still increased its lead to 69-57 at halftime.

"You got to realize that even though they have a down record, they've been playing well," Los Angeles coach Del Harris said. "It's not a great barometer, obviously Saturday when you're playing a division leader (Miami) it'll be a better test. Yet we're not going to discount that we played very well against this team."

Los Angeles erased any hope of a Denver comeback by opening the third period with a 9-2 spurt, fueled by four points from Fox. O'Neal scored 15 points in the quarter and his free throw capped the run and gave the Lakers a 78-59 advantage.

O'Neal sat out the fourth quarter, but that did not stop the Lakers from building their lead to 28 points at 107-79 on an eight-footer by Corie Blount with 10:33 to play.

Kobe Bryant scored 14 points and Blount and Elden Campbell added 12 apiece for the Lakers, who shot 57 percent (47-of-82) from the field and held a 44-37 rebounding advantage.

Harold Ellis also had 17 points and rookie Bobby Jackson added 15 for the Nuggets, who shot 43 percent (38-of-89).

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