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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 17 29 20 18 84 SACRAMENTO 26 27 14 20 87 FINAL


DENVER (84) AT SACRAMENTO (87)

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

BATTIE F 32 3-8 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 2 1 7 L ELLIS F 35 6-16 3-4 2 12 14 2 5 0 3 15 D GARRETT C 37 2-8 4-8 3 10 13 2 1 1 2 8 WASHINGTON G 24 3-7 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 7 JACKSON G 35 5-10 2-2 1 6 7 5 4 1 3 13 FORTSON 16 2-3 1-2 0 3 3 0 3 0 2 5 NEWMAN 32 4-9 4-6 0 3 3 3 5 0 3 13 GOLDWIRE 29 4-10 8-9 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 16 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLF DNP - COACH'S DECISION ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-71 22-31 9 39 48 15 21 4 17 84 (.408) (.710) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 42 7-17 2-3 1 4 5 2 4 3 0 16 OWENS F 35 3-13 3-6 5 7 12 8 4 4 0 9 STEWART C 31 1-9 0-0 3 5 8 0 2 0 1 2 RICHMOND G 38 7-19 10-10 0 5 5 6 3 1 2 27 JOHNSON G 40 6-10 1-2 1 4 5 4 1 2 2 15 M ABDUL-RAUF 7 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 SMITH 9 2-5 1-2 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 5 POLYNICE 17 3-4 1-1 2 2 4 1 3 0 1 7 DEHERE 14 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 4 1 2 4 HENDRICKSON 7 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 T ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - BRUISED LOWER BACK HURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-88 20-26 16 30 46 24 25 12 8 87 (.352) (.769) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 8(6 PTS)

DENVER 17 29 20 18 - 84 SACRAMENTO 26 27 14 20 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - D GARRETT 5, BATTIE 3, L ELLIS, NEWMAN. SACRAMENTO - STEWART 6, C WILLIAMSON 2, SMITH, POLYNICE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 4-10 (.400), BATTIE 1-1, L ELLIS 0-1, WASHINGTON 1-1, JACKSON 1-1, NEWMAN 1-3, GOLDWIRE 0-3. SACRAMENTO 5-13 (.385), OWENS 0-2, RICHMOND 3-6, JOHNSON 2-4, DEHERE 0-1. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - RICHMOND. OFFICIALS: JOE BORGIA, DERRICK STAFFORD, GREG WILLARD. A - 13,616. T - 2:09.


DENVER (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 32 3-8 0-0 2-6 1 1 7 L Ellis 35 6-16 3-4 2-14 2 5 15 D Garrett 37 2-8 4-8 3-13 2 1 8 Washington 24 3-7 0-0 1-1 0 1 7 Jackson 35 5-10 2-2 1-7 5 4 13 Fortson 16 2-3 1-2 0-3 0 3 5 Newman 32 4-9 4-6 0-3 3 5 13 Goldwire 29 4-10 8-9 0-1 2 1 16 K Garris DNP - coach's decision Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Wolf DNP - coach's decision Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-71 22-31 9-48 15 21 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Battie 1-1, L Ellis 0-1, Washington 1-1, Jackson 1-1, Newman 1-3, Goldwire 0-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 10 (D Garrett 5, Battie 3, L Ellis, Newman). Turnovers: 18 (Jackson 3, L Ellis 3, Newman 3, D Garrett 2, Fortson 2, Washington 2, Battie, Goldwire). Steals: 4 (Battie 2, D Garrett, Jackson).

SACRAMENTO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 42 7-17 2-3 1-5 2 4 16 Owens 35 3-13 3-6 5-12 8 4 9 Stewart 31 1-9 0-0 3-8 0 2 2 Richmond 38 7-19 10-10 0-5 6 3 27 Johnson 40 6-10 1-2 1-5 4 1 15 M Abdul-rauf 7 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Smith 9 2-5 1-2 3-4 0 1 5 Polynice 17 3-4 1-1 2-4 1 3 7 Dehere 14 2-6 0-0 1-1 1 4 4 Hendrickson 7 0-1 2-2 0-2 1 1 2 T Abdul-wahad DNP - bruised lower back Hurley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-88 20-26 16-46 24 25 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.352, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Owens 0-2, Richmond 3-6, Johnson 2-4, Dehere 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 10 (Stewart 6, C Williamson 2, Smith, Polynice). Turnovers: 8 (Dehere 2, Johnson 2, Richmond 2, Polynice, Stewart). Steals: 12 (Owens 4, C Williamson 3, Johnson 2, Dehere, M Abdul-rauf, Richmond). ____________________________________________ Denver 17 29 20 18 - 84 Sacramento 26 27 14 20 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 1 (Richmond, 8:11 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,616. T: 2:09. Officials: Joe Borgia, Derrick Stafford, Greg Willard.


GAME RECAP

Mitch Richmond scored 27 points, including eight straight from the free throw line in the final 98 seconds, to lead the Sacramento Kings to their fifth straight victory over the Denver Nuggets, 87-84.

Corliss Williamson had 16 points, Anthony Johnson 15 and Billy Owens added nine points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Kings, who won for the third time in five games.

"Denver plays very tough, they always play us very competitive," Kings coach Eddie Jordan said. "I like what Bill is doing with them. They're rebounding the ball and they are competitive. It's a thin line betwen their record and our record. We just have a great All-Star in Mitch Richmond, he was the difference up there and he was the difference here. Mitch going 10-for-10 was the difference."

Dean Garrett's layup with 3:51 remaining gave Denver an 80-79 edge, but Richmond hit the first two of his eight free throws with 1:38 to go, giving the Kings an 81-80 lead. Anthony Goldwire hit the the second of two foul shots to forge a tie, but Richmond sank two more free throws 32 seconds later to put Sacramento ahead, 83-81.

"Both teams played hard, it was a well-fought game," Richmond said. "They played well, give them credit, and I won't say anything about the other group (officials). We started off real well, I think everyone thought we'd have a bad night and then all of a sudden the third quarter got ugly and the fourth seemed uglier yet. We kept fighting and fighting and got some free throws, played some great defense and got the win."

Garrett made a pair of foul shots with 36 seconds left to make it 83-83 but Richmond was fouled by LaPhonso Ellis and hit two free thows for an 85-83 lead with 24 seconds to play. Ellis was fouled by Owens and made the first of two foul shots but was called for a lane violation on the second, giving Sacramento possession.

"Everybody just kind of froze so they called a violation," Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik said. "It looked funny. We had to have a three so we ran some back picks and some loops. We tried to get (Eric) Washington up the middle and they switched on us."

Richmond's two free throws with five seconds remaining capped the scoring because Goldwire's three-point attempt from the left wing bounced off the rim as time expired.

"I was just trying to get the shot up and at least draw contact," Goldwire said. "It hit the rim at least. We're just playing with a lot of effort now. Earlier on we would play 2 1/2 to three quarters with little effort. But now we're finishing games and learning how to win. Regardless of who it is, we're coming out and playing hard, putting ourselves in position to get a win."

"That was not a bad shot really, it's awful hard to get a clean look at a three in that situation," Hanzlik said. "I felt good, we played a tough game, we didn't wither and they put a lot on us. What it came down to was Mitch. All three games we've lost to the Kings, Mitch Richmond has made the plays."

Goldwire had 16 points and Ellis contributed 15 and 14 rebounds for Denver, which nearly came away with consecutive wins for the first time in over a year. The Nuggets dropped to a league-worst 5-43.

"We just wanted to get a three-pointer and Anthony was the closest guy open that I saw," Bobby Jackson said. "It was supposed to be Eric at the top of the key but they switched and he wasn't open so Goldie was open and he came back for the ball."

Garrett's dunk with 3:06 left in the second quarter gave Denver its second lead of the game, 43-42, but the Kings closed the half on an 11-3 run for a 53-46 halftime advantage. The Nuggets outscored Sacramento, 20-14, in the third quarter, closing with a 12-4 burst, to pull within 67-66 entering the fourth.

Richmond shot 7-for-19 from the field and 10-for-10 from the foul line to lead the Kings in scoring for the 13th time in 14 games. Olden Polynice had seven points and four rebounds off the bench for Sacramento, which shot 35 percent (31-for-88) from the field and 77 percent (20-for-26) from the foul line.

Johnny Newman and Jackson scored 13 points apiece and Garrett collected eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Kings, who shot 41 percent (29-for-71) from the field.

Newman hit a three-pointer with 4:22 left in the first quarter to pull the Nuggets within 19-15. The basket gave him 10,000 points in his career.

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