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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 18 21 30 24 93 DENVER 29 28 20 21 98 FINAL


VANCOUVER (93) AT DENVER (98)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 39 7-10 3-4 1 2 3 0 2 1 3 17 SMITH F 23 2-3 2-3 0 4 4 6 2 1 2 6 REEVES C 38 6-15 6-10 3 3 6 2 1 0 5 18 MACK G 36 6-13 4-4 2 4 6 2 4 0 2 19 MAYBERRY G 30 3-6 2-2 0 3 3 9 1 1 1 11 HURLEY 13 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 2 4 LYNCH 8 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 4 CHILCUTT 21 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 4 B EDWARDS 14 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 8 MASSENBURG 13 0-1 2-2 0 4 4 2 1 0 2 2 DANIELS 5 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 NEWBILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-67 21-29 9 27 36 24 18 5 21 93 (.493) (.724) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 21(22 PTS)

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

FORTSON F 30 9-17 1-2 6 2 8 2 4 2 2 19 L ELLIS F 42 5-12 5-6 5 8 13 4 3 1 4 15 D GARRETT C 31 3-12 2-2 5 3 8 1 5 0 0 8 GOLDWIRE G 32 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 10 ALEXANDER G 43 8-17 3-3 2 4 6 4 2 4 4 21 WASHINGTON 17 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 NEWMAN 32 4-11 7-7 1 1 2 3 2 2 1 17 WOLF 13 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 BATTIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION H ELLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STITH DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 37-87 18-20 19 21 40 18 20 12 13 98 (.425) (.900) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

VANCOUVER 18 21 30 24 - 93 DENVER 29 28 20 21 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - REEVES 4, MASSENBURG 3. DENVER - L ELLIS 3, D GARRETT 3, ALEXANDER, WOLF. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 6-15 (.400), MACK 3-7, MAYBERRY 3-5, HURLEY 0-1, CHILCUTT 0-1, B EDWARDS 0-1. DENVER 6-12 (.500), L ELLIS 0-1, GOLDWIRE 2-3, ALEXANDER 2-5, NEWMAN 2-3. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - SMITH, MACK, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, B EDWARDS 2 (EJECTED), HEAD COACH HILL 2 (EJECTED), DENVER - FORTSON, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, DERRICK STAFFORD, TIM DONAGHY. A - 9,112. T - 2:18.


VANCOUVER (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 39 7-10 3-4 1-3 0 2 17 Smith 23 2-3 2-3 0-4 6 2 6 Reeves 38 6-15 6-10 3-6 2 1 18 Mack 36 6-13 4-4 2-6 2 4 19 Mayberry 30 3-6 2-2 0-3 9 1 11 Hurley 13 2-4 0-0 1-1 1 2 4 Lynch 8 2-3 0-0 1-3 0 1 4 Chilcutt 21 2-5 0-0 1-5 1 2 4 B Edwards 14 3-7 2-2 0-1 1 2 8 Massenburg 13 0-1 2-2 0-4 2 1 2 Daniels 5 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 Newbill DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-67 21-29 9-36 24 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Mack 3-7, Mayberry 3-5, Hurley 0-1, Chilcutt 0-1, B Edwards 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Reeves 4, Massenburg 3). Turnovers: 21 (Reeves 5, Abdur-rahim 3, B Edwards 2, Daniels 2, Hurley 2, Mack 2, Massenburg 2, Smith 2, Mayberry). Steals: 5 (B Edwards 2, Abdur-rahim, Mayberry, Smith).

DENVER (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fortson 30 9-17 1-2 6-8 2 4 19 L Ellis 42 5-12 5-6 5-13 4 3 15 D Garrett 31 3-12 2-2 5-8 1 5 8 Goldwire 32 4-8 0-0 0-1 3 2 10 Alexander 43 8-17 3-3 2-6 4 2 21 Washington 17 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 0 6 Newman 32 4-11 7-7 1-2 3 2 17 Wolf 13 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Battie DNP - coach's decision H Ellis DNP - coach's decision K Garris DNP - coach's decision Stith DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-87 18-20 19-40 18 20 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (L Ellis 0-1, Goldwire 2-3, Alexander 2-5, Newman 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (L Ellis 3, D Garrett 3, Alexander, Wolf). Turnovers: 14 (Alexander 4, L Ellis 4, Fortson 2, Goldwire, Newman, Wolf). Steals: 12 (Alexander 4, Fortson 2, Newman 2, Goldwire, L Ellis, Washington, Wolf). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 18 21 30 24 - 93 Denver 29 28 20 21 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 7 (Smith, 5:10 1st; Mack, 0:54 2nd; Illegal Defense, 1:09 3rd; B Edwards 2 (ejected), 10:10 4th; Head Coach Hill 2 (ejected), 10:10 4th, 10:05 4th). Denver 2 (Fortson, 5:10 1st; Illegal Defense, 8:51 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 9,112. T: 2:18. Officials: Hue Hollins, Derrick Stafford, Tim Donaghy.


GAME RECAP

The Denver Nuggets ended the second-longest losing streak in franchise history at 16 games and won for just the sixth time this season by pulling out a 98-93 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Anthony Goldwire scored just 10 points but buried a pair of key three-pointers in the final minute, the second of which gave Denver a 96-93 lead with 23 seconds to play. Vancouver's Sam Mack, whose three-pointer tied it, 93-93, heaved an air ball from behind the arc, and Cory Alexander sealed the win by hitting two free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining.

"I took it upon myself to hit the big shots tonight," Goldwire said. "I didn't hesitate. I knew I had to hit the shots. ... I think in the past, we would've laid down, but not tonight."

Alexander finished with a season-high 21 points to pace the Nuggets, who improved the league's worst record to 6-58. Denver, which opened the campaign with 12 straight defeats, had tied an NBA record with 23 consecutive losses earlier this season.

"Everybody put it together, especially at the end," said Alexander, who made his first start of the season and played 43 minutes. "The best thing we did was that we competed and believed that we could win."

Mack scored 19 points for the Grizzlies, who missed a chance to snap their seven-game road losing streak. Vancouver, which has lost nine of 10 overall, has dropped eight straight on the road since winning at Golden State on January 23rd.

It was a tough night overall for the Grizzlies, who committed 21 turnovers and had both coach Brian Hill and sixth man Blue Edwards ejected for arguing in the fourth quarter.

"That was only the second time in 29 years that I've been ejected from a basketball game," Hill said. "We had six technical fouls, two of them were mine, which ultimately could have cost the game. I was extremely upset, I was not trying to get ejected."

Danny Fortson scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half for the Nuggets, who snapped a seven-game home losing streak. LaPhonso Ellis recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds in a season-high 42 minutes as Denver won for just the first time in 13 games decided by five points or less.

"I told the guys, `Let's not wait so long to get (win) No. 7, let's try to get it the next time out,'" Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik said. "I thought our energy level was great and we played very good defense."

The Nuggets need four more wins in their final 18 games to avoid matching the worst single-season record in league history, set by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73.

"We try not to think about the record, but it's in the back of our head in practices and all over the media," Goldwire said. "But as a group, we try not to and we just think about one game and concentrate."

"Sure I don't want to get that record, but I want to get as many wins as possible," Hanzlik added.

Denver opened an 89-75 lead when Fortson hit a tip-in with just under six minutes to play. Mack answered with a three-point play to spark a 15-1 burst that knotted the score with 1:09 to go.

Lee Mayberry, who scored 11 points, drained a pair of three-pointers in the run before Bryant Reeves capped it with a dunk, tying the game, 90-90. But 17 seconds later, Alexander fed Goldwire for a three-pointer to put Vancouver back in front.

Mack answered with a tying three-pointer, but was unable to convert down the stretch as the Grizzlies lost to Denver for the first time in five games.

Denver shot just 42.5 percent (37-of-87) from the field, but made 18-of-20 free throws and owned a slim 40-36 rebounding edge. Johnny Newman made all seven of his foul shots and chipped in 17 points off the bench.

Reeves scored 18 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 17 for the Grizzlies, who connected on 49 percent (33-of-67) from the floor.

"We fought like hell in the second half but couldn't pull it out," Abdur-Rahim said. "Goldwire hit two big, big shots. Without them, we either would still be playing or we'd be in here happy."

The Nuggets never trailed after reeling off a 13-5 run midway through the opening quarter. Fortson had three baskets in the spurt and Alexander capped it with a three-pointer, increasing the lead to 19-12 with 4:32 remaining. Fortson and Ellis had 10 points apiece in the period, leading the Nuggets to a 29-18 edge.

"We didn't come ready to play," Reeves said. "We dug a big hole and couldn't get out of it. We might've come in not expecting Denver to play as good as they did."

The Nuggets built their biggest lead, 57-37, on another three-pointer by Alexander with 28 seconds left in the second period. Vancouver got back in it by opening the third quarter with a 20-6 run, keyed by 10 points from Abdur-Rahim.

The Nuggets remained in front, taking a 77-69 lead into the fourth quarter. Four straight free throws by Newman created an 85-69 cushion with 10:05 to play thanks to the ejections of Hill and Edwards.

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