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NBA ATLANTA 112 DENVER 88 FINAL


ATLANTA (112) AT DENVER (88)

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

HENDERSON F 26 10-11 1-2 1 1 2 2 0 1 2 22 CORBIN F 31 4-9 2-4 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 11 MUTOMBO C 25 3-5 1-2 1 9 10 0 3 1 3 7 SMITH G 29 5-9 7-8 2 1 3 4 2 3 1 18 BLAYLOCK G 36 5-13 0-0 0 6 6 5 2 2 2 12 LAETTNER 20 6-9 5-5 0 3 3 2 1 1 0 18 BARRY 18 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 4 2 1 1 2 BROWN 8 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 CRAWFORD 16 3-6 3-4 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 9 OLIVER 14 3-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 7 ANDERSON 11 1-3 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 3 MILLER 6 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 1

TOTALS 240 42-80 22-31 11 30 41 20 18 11 13 112 (.525) (.710) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

BATTIE F 23 3-10 0-0 5 9 14 0 3 1 3 6 L ELLIS F 31 5-17 4-4 3 4 7 1 4 0 2 15 D GARRETT C 23 3-5 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 1 2 6 NEWMAN G 25 3-11 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 7 GOLDWIRE G 40 9-20 1-2 2 2 4 4 2 0 3 20 K GARRIS 14 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 5 STITH 21 2-4 1-1 1 0 1 2 3 0 1 6 WASHINGTON 25 3-6 2-2 3 1 4 3 1 1 1 8 FORTSON 17 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 WOLF 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 ZIDEK 8 2-3 5-6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 LAUDERDALE 6 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 1 1 2

TOTALS 240 33-84 17-19 16 23 39 15 26 6 17 88 (.393) (.895) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

ATLANTA 29 36 23 24 - 112 DENVER 17 25 18 28 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 5, SMITH. DENVER - FORTSON 2, ZIDEK, STITH, K GARRIS, NEWMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 6-11 (.545), HENDERSON 1-1, CORBIN 1-2, SMITH 1-1, BLAYLOCK 2-4, LAETTNER 1-1, BARRY 0-1, ANDERSON 0-1. DENVER 5-12 (.417), L ELLIS 1-2, NEWMAN 1-1, GOLDWIRE 1-3, K GARRIS 1-2, STITH 1-2, WASHINGTON 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, JOE DEROSA, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 7,525. T - 2:01.


ATLANTA (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 26 10-11 1-2 1-2 2 0 22 Corbin 31 4-9 2-4 1-3 2 1 11 Mutombo 25 3-5 1-2 1-10 0 3 7 Smith 29 5-9 7-8 2-3 4 2 18 Blaylock 36 5-13 0-0 0-6 5 2 12 Laettner 20 6-9 5-5 0-3 2 1 18 Barry 18 1-5 0-0 1-3 4 2 2 Brown 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Crawford 16 3-6 3-4 3-5 0 0 9 Oliver 14 3-5 1-2 1-3 0 0 7 Anderson 11 1-3 1-2 1-2 1 2 3 Miller 6 0-2 1-2 0-1 0 3 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-80 22-31 11-41 20 18 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.525, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Henderson 1-1, Corbin 1-2, Smith 1-1, Blaylock 2-4, Laettner 1-1, Barry 0-1, Anderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 5, Smith). Turnovers: 14 (Mutombo 3, Blaylock 2, Henderson 2, Anderson, Barry, Brown, Miller, Oliver, Smith). Steals: 11 (Smith 3, Anderson 2, Blaylock 2, Barry, Henderson, Laettner, Mutombo).

DENVER (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 23 3-10 0-0 5-14 0 3 6 L Ellis 31 5-17 4-4 3-7 1 4 15 D Garrett 23 3-5 0-0 2-4 1 1 6 Newman 25 3-11 0-0 0-0 1 3 7 Goldwire 40 9-20 1-2 2-4 4 2 20 K Garris 14 1-2 2-2 0-0 3 1 5 Stith 21 2-4 1-1 1-1 2 3 6 Washington 25 3-6 2-2 3-4 3 1 8 Fortson 17 1-4 2-2 0-0 0 4 4 Wolf 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Zidek 8 2-3 5-6 0-0 0 0 9 Lauderdale 6 1-1 0-0 0-4 0 3 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-84 17-19 16-39 15 26 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (L Ellis 1-2, Newman 1-1, Goldwire 1-3, K Garris 1-2, Stith 1-2, Washington 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Fortson 2, Zidek, Stith, K Garris, Newman). Turnovers: 18 (Battie 3, Goldwire 3, D Garrett 2, K Garris 2, L Ellis 2, Lauderdale, Newman, Stith, Washington, Wolf). Steals: 6 (Newman 2, Battie, D Garrett, Lauderdale, Washington). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 29 36 23 24 - 112 Denver 17 25 18 28 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 7,525. T: 2:01. Officials: Ron Garretson, Joe Derosa, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Alan Henderson scored 24 points and Christian Laettner and Steve Smith added 18 apiece as the Atlanta Hawks scored the first seven points of the game and cruised to a 112-88 victory over the inept Denver Nuggets.

Dikembe Mutombo opened the contest with a free throw and Henderson and Smith followed with layups before Mookie Blaylock scored to open a 7-0 lead three minutes into the contest. Atlanta was never headed and led by 36 points midway through the fourth quarter en route to its third straight win.

"That's what we were supposed to do, go out and do a job," said Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens. "We got out early and that allowed us to go to our bench. Bill Hanzlik is doing the best he can with what he has which isn't much."

"We approached this game the same as if we were playing the Bulls," Smith said. "We haven't been playing well, we needed a win. We needed to come out and play hard."

Anthony Goldwire tied a career high with 20 points and LaPhonso Ellis added 15 for the Nuggets, who have lost nine straight games and fell to 5-51 on the season.

Denver is suffering through its third-longest losing streak of the season -- the Nuggets previously lost 23 and 13 straight -- and has lost 20 of 21 matchups against Eastern Conference foes. The Nuggets have lost by 20-plus points 15 times this season, including a startling 10 times at home.

"We are not good enough not to have everyone competing," said Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik. "One night it's there and another its not for us. But we'll come back tomorrow. We'll try different people and when you are on the court you have to be productive."

"I'm not worried about my points," said Goldwire. "I just want to play consistently and hard and execute the offense. We have more to worry about than individual stats, but we need to work on the team effort and the end result."

Atlanta led 14-4 with just under five minutes left in the opening quarter but Denver responded with an 8-3 spurt to draw within five with three minutes to go. But the ceiling caved in on the Nuggets, as the Hawks scored the next 10 points to push the lead to 27-12.

The Hawks made 10-of-18 shots in the quarter and 9-of-12 from the line. Henderson was 5-of-5 from the field en route to 11 points in the period. The Nuggets were just 6-of-24 from the field and missed all three of their three-pointers.

Denver never cut the lead to single digits the rest of the way as Atlanta continued to make easy shots. The Hawks led by 25 in the second quarter and made 15-of-22 shots in the period. Henderson was 7-for-7 and Laettner 4-for-5 from the field at the break as Atlanta made 25 of its first 40 shots.

Denver continued to struggle from the field, shooting 35 percent (17-of-49) in the opening 24 minutes. The Hawks also had more blocked shots (5) than turnovers (3) through two quarters.

Even though Atlanta cooled off considerably in the third quarter (9-of-19), Denver was unable to cut into the deficit and trailed 88-60 at the end of three quarters. Henderson finally missed from the field and was forced to settle for 10-of-11 after 36 minutes.

The lead ballooned to 36 points with 5:56 to go in the contest before the Nuggets closed the contest with an 18-6 burst.

"It was just boring," said former Nugget Mutombo. "I didn't have a good feeling for the game. Sometimes, you prepare against a team and you know they'll come out to play. That was not the situation. We knew this would be an easy game. Watching from the bench it was sad.

"I remember we used to rock this house even if we didn't win. I don't know what they are trying to do here. I don't believe how far they have fallen. It's hard on the fans. I remember my rookie year, at least it was fun. Out there tonight, no one was smiling, no one wanted to be there."

Denver had a few bright spots in the blowout as backup center George Zidek recorded a career high with nine points. Tony Battie added a career-high 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Brian Oliver had a season-high seven points in 14 minutes off the bench for Atlanta.

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