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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 25 31 24 38 118 DENVER 20 23 20 35 98 FINAL


CHARLOTTE (118) AT DENVER (98)

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

MASON F 41 5-8 1-2 3 6 9 6 1 2 2 11 RICE F 39 11-16 4-6 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 31 GEIGER C 36 8-13 6-7 4 7 11 2 1 0 0 22 WESLEY G 32 5-9 5-6 0 4 4 8 2 1 1 15 PHILLS G 30 4-13 6-6 3 3 6 2 4 1 3 17 REID 18 3-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 7 MAXWELL 9 1-6 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 3 ROYAL 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 ARMSTRONG 12 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 WILLIAMS 11 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 4 BECK 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 FARMER 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 42-76 24-29 13 27 40 25 15 6 10 118 (.553) (.828) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(20 PTS)

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

L ELLIS F 40 10-20 2-2 2 10 12 1 4 2 2 23 BATTIE F 15 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 2 D GARRETT C 23 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 2 GOLDWIRE G 39 6-12 0-0 0 4 4 6 3 1 2 14 NEWMAN G 39 8-16 2-4 2 1 3 6 2 1 1 18 FORTSON 19 3-6 2-2 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 8 STITH 24 3-10 3-3 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 10 WOLF 15 4-4 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 8 K GARRIS 10 3-4 1-1 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 7 WASHINGTON 16 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 6 LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-84 10-12 9 20 29 23 23 5 11 98 (.500) (.833) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(19 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 25 31 24 38 - 118 DENVER 20 23 20 35 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - GEIGER 3, PHILLS 2. DENVER - BATTIE, NEWMAN, STITH, WASHINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 10-15 (.667), RICE 5-6, PHILLS 3-5, REID 1-1, MAXWELL 1-3. DENVER 4-12 (.333), L ELLIS 1-5, GOLDWIRE 2-4, NEWMAN 0-1, STITH 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, LEON WOOD, LUIS GRILLO. A - 7,323. T - 1:52.


CHARLOTTE (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 41 5-8 1-2 3-9 6 1 11 Rice 39 11-16 4-6 1-3 0 3 31 Geiger 36 8-13 6-7 4-11 2 1 22 Wesley 32 5-9 5-6 0-4 8 2 15 Phills 30 4-13 6-6 3-6 2 4 17 Reid 18 3-3 0-0 1-4 0 2 7 Maxwell 9 1-6 0-0 1-1 2 0 3 Royal 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Armstrong 12 1-2 2-2 0-1 1 0 4 Williams 11 2-2 0-0 0-1 2 2 4 Beck 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Farmer 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-76 24-29 13-40 25 15 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.553, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 10-15, .667 (Rice 5-6, Phills 3-5, Reid 1-1, Maxwell 1-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Geiger 3, Phills 2). Turnovers: 10 (Phills 3, Mason 2, Maxwell, Reid, Rice, Wesley, Williams). Steals: 6 (Mason 2, Phills, Rice, Royal, Wesley).

DENVER (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Ellis 40 10-20 2-2 2-12 1 4 23 Battie 15 1-5 0-0 1-1 2 2 2 D Garrett 23 1-2 0-0 2-4 1 1 2 Goldwire 39 6-12 0-0 0-4 6 3 14 Newman 39 8-16 2-4 2-3 6 2 18 Fortson 19 3-6 2-2 1-3 0 3 8 Stith 24 3-10 3-3 0-0 1 1 10 Wolf 15 4-4 0-0 1-2 3 2 8 K Garris 10 3-4 1-1 0-0 0 3 7 Washington 16 3-5 0-0 0-0 3 2 6 Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-84 10-12 9-29 23 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (L Ellis 1-5, Goldwire 2-4, Newman 0-1, Stith 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Battie, Newman, Stith, Washington). Turnovers: 12 (Goldwire 2, K Garris 2, L Ellis 2, D Garrett, Fortson, Newman, Stith, Wolf). Steals: 5 (L Ellis 2, Fortson, Goldwire, Newman). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 25 31 24 38 - 118 Denver 20 23 20 35 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 7,323. T: 1:52. Officials: Dan Crawford, Leon Wood, Luis Grillo.


GAME RECAP

Bobby Phills scored five of his 17 points in a 12-2 second-quarter run that broke the game open and helped the Charlotte Hornets to a 118-98 victory over the hapless Denver Nuggets.

Glen Rice scored 31 points and Matt Geiger added 22 for the Hornets, who beat Denver for the seventh straight time and extended the Nuggets' losing streak to eight games. Charlotte improved to 2-3 on its six-game road trip.

LaPhonso Ellis tallied 23 points and Johnny Newman contributed 18 for the Nuggets, who lost their 50th game of the season. Denver is suffering through its third-longest losing streak of the season -- the Nuggets lost 23 and 13 straight -- and has not beaten Charlotte since December 3rd, 1994.

Danny Fortson hit a pair of free throws 96 seconds into the second quarter to give Denver its only lead of the game, 26-25. But Charlotte countered with the game-breaking surge and never looked back.

Vernon Maxwell nailed a three-pointer at the 10:12 mark to give the Hornets the lead for good and Phills connected from behind the arc 31 seconds later to increase the cushion to 31-26. Bryant Stith traded a pair of free throws with Phills and Geiger hit a 16-footer. The run ended when David Wesley knocked down a 19-footer that gave the Hornets a 37-28 edge with 7:17 left.

"We got Bobby Phills 30 minutes, which was good, and he says he's not hurting," said Charlotte coach Dave Cowens. "I worry about playing a team like Denver, they played loose. What they don't have is a dominant post-up player, and they try to get mismatches. They have a lot of good athletes, but they're a young team and just learning."

The Hornets built the lead as high as 22 points in the game's final moments. They shot 55 percent (42-of-76) from the field and held a 40-29 rebounding edge behind Geiger's 11 boards. Rice was 11-of-16 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from three-point range.

"I was able to take my time on my shot," said Rice, who was fighting the flu. "We moved the ball very well tonight. When we do that, we can knock them down. It was very important for us to get off to a good start. We wanted to be in control of the game. We can't afford to have these slow starts we've been having. Sometimes we're not able to get back into the game. It's scary to come into an arena like this. You can take yourself out of your game. You've got to be a professional in these situations."

David Wesley added 15 points and eight assists for Charlotte, which was 10-of-15 from behind the arc, including 6-of-6 in the second half.

"Denver has some talent, but you don't want to get them rolling," Geiger said. "We took care of business, we did what we needed to do. We're nowhere close to where we need to be right now. They put their focus on (Anthony) Mason and Rice and I got some easy baskets. So much attention is focused on Glen, I am able to roam around a little bit."

The Nuggets shot 50 percent (42-of-84) from the field, headed by a 10-of-20 effort from Ellis, who grabbed 12 rebounds. Denver's other frontline starters -- Tony Battie and Dean Garrett -- combined for just four points and five rebounds in 38 minutes.

"We need to communicate more out there, so when I'm in, I try to do that more," Newman said. "Whatever happens, happens. Hopefully, I'll be here in a good situation."

Charlotte outscored Denver from the foul line, 24-12, and held an 18-8 advantage in second-chance points. Mason helped the effort with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

"We're supposed to beat this team," Mason said. "Not to take away from them, we can't be concerned about the Nuggets. We've got enough problems of our own. We don't get the respect we deserve. We need to play darn near flawless to get victories every night. We need a complete effort."

Stith was playing in his second game since returning from injury after rookie sparkplug Bobby Jackson got hurt.

"It's been a long season," Stith said. "It seems that there's no end to our misfortune. We get one player back, but we lose another. We just need to persevere and I want to finish the season strong. I don't think anyone in this locker room wants to be labeled with the worst record in history."

"If they had Bryant Stith all year, they would have a better record," Cowens added.

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