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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 22 16 23 21 82 PORTLAND 22 15 30 27 94 FINAL


DENVER (82) AT PORTLAND (94)

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

BATTIE F 31 4-7 0-0 2 3 5 1 4 1 0 8 L ELLIS F 37 4-16 4-4 2 3 5 4 4 0 5 13 D GARRETT C 37 1-6 4-6 0 7 7 2 4 1 3 6 WASHINGTON G 38 7-16 3-5 1 2 3 4 5 3 3 17 JACKSON G 34 11-16 1-2 0 3 3 8 2 2 0 27 H ELLIS 18 1-6 1-2 3 0 3 1 4 0 0 3 GOLDWIRE 20 1-5 2-2 0 4 4 0 4 1 1 4 WOLF 11 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 FORTSON 14 0-2 4-6 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 4 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAUDERDALE DNP - DEATH IN FAMILY NEWMAN DNP - SUBLUXATION LEFT SHOULDER

TOTALS 240 29-75 19-27 8 25 33 23 33 8 12 82 (.387) (.704) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 13(22 PTS)

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

TRENT F 37 10-13 6-8 2 6 8 1 3 0 1 27 WALLACE F 31 6-12 2-3 2 1 3 5 3 0 2 14 SABONIS C 38 2-10 10-15 6 14 20 5 3 5 4 14 ANDERSON G 40 9-16 5-8 0 1 1 4 3 1 2 23 RIDER G 32 1-9 0-0 1 5 6 3 3 0 4 2 ONEAL 13 1-3 1-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 3 WILLIAMS 25 2-7 4-4 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 8 CATO 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 ASKEW 18 0-2 3-6 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 3 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LISTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-72 31-46 15 34 49 18 22 6 15 94 (.431) (.674) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

DENVER 22 16 23 21 - 82 PORTLAND 22 15 30 27 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - BATTIE 3, WASHINGTON 3. PORTLAND - ONEAL 3, TRENT, SABONIS, RIDER, CATO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 5-11 (.455), L ELLIS 1-4, WASHINGTON 0-1, JACKSON 4-5, WOLF 0-1. PORTLAND 1-8 (.125), TRENT 1-2, SABONIS 0-2, ANDERSON 0-1, RIDER 0-3. TECHNICALS: DENVER - HEAD COACH HANZLIK 2 (EJECTED), PORTLAND - WALLACE 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, ED F RUSH, MIKE SMITH. A - 19,964. T - 2:24.


DENVER (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 31 4-7 0-0 2-5 1 4 8 L Ellis 37 4-16 4-4 2-5 4 4 13 D Garrett 37 1-6 4-6 0-7 2 4 6 Washington 38 7-16 3-5 1-3 4 5 17 Jackson 34 11-16 1-2 0-3 8 2 27 H Ellis 18 1-6 1-2 3-3 1 4 3 Goldwire 20 1-5 2-2 0-4 0 4 4 Wolf 11 0-1 0-0 0-3 2 1 0 Fortson 14 0-2 4-6 0-0 1 5 4 K Garris DNP - coach's decision Lauderdale DNP - death in family Newman DNP - subluxation left shoulder _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-75 19-27 8-33 23 33 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.387, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (L Ellis 1-4, Washington 0-1, Jackson 4-5, Wolf 0-1). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 3, Washington 3). Turnovers: 13 (L Ellis 5, D Garrett 3, Washington 3, Goldwire). Steals: 8 (Washington 3, Jackson 2, Battie, D Garrett, Goldwire).

PORTLAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Trent 37 10-13 6-8 2-8 1 3 27 Wallace 31 6-12 2-3 2-3 5 3 14 Sabonis 38 2-10 10-15 6-20 5 3 14 Anderson 40 9-16 5-8 0-1 4 3 23 Rider 32 1-9 0-0 1-6 3 3 2 Oneal 13 1-3 1-2 1-2 0 4 3 Williams 25 2-7 4-4 1-4 0 1 8 Cato 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Askew 18 0-2 3-6 2-4 0 1 3 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Brunson DNP - coach's decision Lister DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-72 31-46 15-49 18 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.674. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Trent 1-2, Sabonis 0-2, Anderson 0-1, Rider 0-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 3, Trent, Sabonis, Rider, Cato). Turnovers: 15 (Rider 4, Sabonis 4, Anderson 2, Wallace 2, Williams 2, Trent). Steals: 6 (Sabonis 5, Anderson). ____________________________________________ Denver 22 16 23 21 - 82 Portland 22 15 30 27 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 2 (Head Coach Hanzlik 2 (ejected), 6:04 4th). Portland 2 (Wallace 2 (ejected), 1:12 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Portland 1 (Rider, 9:13 3rd). A: 19,964. T: 2:24. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Ed F Rush, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

Gary Trent scored 16 of his career-high 27 points in the third quarter to help the Portland Trail Blazers finally shake off the Denver Nuggets, who matched the second-longest losing streak in NBA history with their 20th straight defeat, 94-82.

Kenny Anderson added 23 points and Arvydas Sabonis scored 14 with a career-high 20 rebounds for the Blazers, who defeated the Nuggets for the ninth straight time.

Rookie Bobby Jackson scored 11 of Denver's final 15 points to finish with 27, but that could not prevent the Nuggets' 20th straight defeat. The loss tied the skids compiled by the Philadelphia 76ers from January 9th-February 11th, 1973, and the Dallas Mavericks from November 13th-December 22nd, 1993. They are three losses away from the Vancouver Grizzlies' 23 straight losses from February 16th-April 2nd, 1996.

"I was real pleased," Denver coach Bill Hanzlik said. "I thought we played well tonight. We shifted gears a little bit, found some offense we liked and showed some improvement."

Denver led for the last time with 1:12 remaining in the third quarter. Rasheed Wallace fouled Dean Garrett and was ejected after picking up two technical fouls for arguing. Goldwire made both technical foul shots and Garrett hit one of his for a 61-60 advantage.

But Trent answered with a pair of free throws one second later and then buried a three-pointer with 22 seconds to go. Anderson capped the period with a layup with four seconds left to make it 67-61 entering the final period.

"We just came out and at first were kind of lethargic and real sluggish," Trent said. "But we picked it up and did what we were supposed to do and got the victory. I just was playing hard and was active cutting to the hole."

Anderson opened the fourth with a layup to push the lead to eight points. The Nuggets cut it to four before the Blazers scored 10 of the next 12 points -- all from the line -- to build a 12-point cushion. A free throw by Vincent Askew made it 79-67 with 6:02 to play.

Portland's run was aided by technical fouls called against Hanzlik, who picked up a pair of technicals and was ejected with 6:04 to go.

Denver kept fighting and got within 88-80 with 46 seconds to play when Jackson drilled a three-pointer. After Anderson sank one free throw, Garrett answered with a pair to cut the lead to 89-82. But Askew hit one from the line before Sabonis and Trent each made a pair to close the scoring.

The Nuggets, who also fell to 0-20 on the road, came out aggressively and scored the first eight points of the game. But Portland caught up to forge a 22-22 tie entering the second. Denver brought a 38-37 lead into the half behind nine points apiece from Jackson and fellow rookie Eric Washington.

"Early in the game we were just stagnant, but later we had better spacing," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We got the ball to Sabas (Sabonis). We got some good cuts and we got some wide-open looks."

Wallace also finished with 14 points for the Blazers, who shot 43 percent (31-of-72) and held a 49-33 rebounding advantage. Sabonis grabbed six of Portland's 15 offensive rebounds.

"What hurt us was the offensive rebounds," Jackson said. "They're really strong, Sabonis and Trent. They're some beasts down in the paint. We played well, we can't complain about anything but the offensive rebounds."

Washington had 17 points and LaPhonso Ellis 13 for Denver, which shot just 39 percent (29-of-75).

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