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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 18 14 24 26 82 DENVER 24 15 28 25 92 FINAL


PORTLAND (82) AT DENVER (92)

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

WALLACE F 41 5-11 2-3 2 4 6 2 4 0 2 12 B GRANT F 37 3-11 0-0 4 7 11 1 4 0 1 6 SABONIS C 34 7-14 10-14 6 6 12 2 4 0 4 24 BRUNSON G 34 3-7 6-8 0 5 5 10 3 4 3 12 RIDER G 37 5-14 1-4 2 3 5 3 5 1 1 13 CATO 14 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 1 4 WILLIAMS 13 0-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 0 ONEAL 3 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 G GRANT 16 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 2 2 AUGMON 11 3-3 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 7 CROTTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-78 20-31 18 31 49 21 30 5 18 82 (.385) (.645) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(18 PTS)

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

FORTSON F 29 3-6 2-3 2 4 6 1 4 2 3 8 L ELLIS F 40 3-12 3-4 1 8 9 3 2 2 2 9 D GARRETT C 35 4-9 4-8 1 6 7 1 5 3 0 12 GOLDWIRE G 37 5-12 2-4 1 0 1 3 1 0 1 12 ALEXANDER G 32 4-9 4-6 0 4 4 9 1 2 3 14 NEWMAN 28 9-19 14-15 1 1 2 2 3 4 5 33 WOLF 13 0-2 0-0 3 5 8 1 2 0 0 0 BATTIE 14 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 2 WASHINGTON 12 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 H ELLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION STITH DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 30-72 29-40 10 32 42 20 21 13 15 92 (.417) (.725) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

PORTLAND 18 14 24 26 - 82 DENVER 24 15 28 25 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, B GRANT, G GRANT. DENVER - D GARRETT 4, L ELLIS 2, BATTIE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 2-16 (.125), WALLACE 0-1, SABONIS 0-2, BRUNSON 0-1, RIDER 2-9, WILLIAMS 0-1, G GRANT 0-2. DENVER 3-8 (.375), GOLDWIRE 0-1, ALEXANDER 2-4, NEWMAN 1-2, BATTIE 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - BRUNSON. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, GARY BENSON, BILL SPOONER. A - 13,514. T - 2:18.


PORTLAND (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 41 5-11 2-3 2-6 2 4 12 B Grant 37 3-11 0-0 4-11 1 4 6 Sabonis 34 7-14 10-14 6-12 2 4 24 Brunson 34 3-7 6-8 0-5 10 3 12 Rider 37 5-14 1-4 2-5 3 5 13 Cato 14 2-5 0-0 2-4 0 3 4 Williams 13 0-5 0-0 0-2 1 3 0 Oneal 3 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 G Grant 16 1-5 0-0 1-1 1 2 2 Augmon 11 3-3 1-2 0-2 1 2 7 Crotty DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-78 20-31 18-49 21 30 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.645. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (Wallace 0-1, Sabonis 0-2, Brunson 0-1, Rider 2-9, Williams 0-1, G Grant 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Wallace, B Grant, G Grant). Turnovers: 18 (Sabonis 4, Brunson 3, Augmon 2, G Grant 2, Wallace 2, B Grant, Cato, Oneal, Rider, Williams). Steals: 5 (Brunson 4, Rider).

DENVER (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fortson 29 3-6 2-3 2-6 1 4 8 L Ellis 40 3-12 3-4 1-9 3 2 9 D Garrett 35 4-9 4-8 1-7 1 5 12 Goldwire 37 5-12 2-4 1-1 3 1 12 Alexander 32 4-9 4-6 0-4 9 1 14 Newman 28 9-19 14-15 1-2 2 3 33 Wolf 13 0-2 0-0 3-8 1 2 0 Battie 14 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 Washington 12 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 H Ellis DNP - coach's decision Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Stith DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-72 29-40 10-42 20 21 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.725. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Goldwire 0-1, Alexander 2-4, Newman 1-2, Battie 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (D Garrett 4, L Ellis 2, Battie 2). Turnovers: 15 (Newman 5, Alexander 3, Fortson 3, L Ellis 2, Battie, Goldwire). Steals: 13 (Newman 4, D Garrett 3, Alexander 2, Fortson 2, L Ellis 2). ____________________________________________ Portland 18 14 24 26 - 82 Denver 24 15 28 25 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Brunson, 4:17 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,514. T: 2:18. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Gary Benson, Bill Spooner.


GAME RECAP

The Denver Nuggets recorded their longest winning streak of the season, posting their second straight victory and snapping a 10-game skid against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 92-82 triumph.

Denver claimed just its seventh win of the season two nights after snapping the second-longest losing streak in franchise history at 16 games with a 98-93 victory over Vancouver.

The Nuggets (7-58) reduced their number to avoid ultimate embarassment to three, needing that many more wins in their final 17 games to avoid matching the worst single-season record in league history, set by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.

"That was our biggest win of the season because that's the best team we've beaten," Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik said. "That was really fun to coach, the guys had so much life."

Johnny Newman scored 33 points to lead Denver, which had lost two previous games against Portland this season by an average of 23.5 points. The Nuggets had not won in this series since March 26th, 1995.

"Give the Nuggets a lot of credit," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They did a good job executing and made shots when they needed to. I'm really disappointed in our team."

Arvydas Sabonis had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who fell to 1-3 without starter Damon Stoudamire. The point guard was placed on the injured list late Friday with a strained abdomen.

After winning just four times in its first 31 home games, Denver has recorded back-to-back victories at McNichols Arena. The Nuggets won two straight games for the first time since February 2nd-5th of last season -- a stretch of 98 games.

"We really appreciate the fans and the support they give us here at home," Newman said. "We're trying to finish the season strong. It definitely goes noticed. We're having a ball out here and in the locker room."

Newman made 14-of-15 free throws off the bench and may be the key to Denver's limited success. The Nuggets are 3-1 this season when Newman scores 30 points or more.

One game after scoring a season-high 21 points in his first start of the season, Cory Alexander handed out a season-best nine assists to go along with 14 points. Dean Garrett and Anthony Goldwire chipped in 12 points apiece for the Nuggets, who allowed a season-low 32 points in the first half.

A jumper by Rasheed Wallace gave the Blazers a 14-9 lead early in the first quarter, but Denver responded with a 15-2 burst to take the lead for good. With the game knotted at 16-16, Newman reeled off six straight points before Alexander made a layup to cap the run for a 24-16 lead.

Kelvin Cato buried a jumper with one second left in the period, trimming Portland's deficit to six, and Sabonis hit a layup early in the second quarter to cut it to 26-25.

Newman pushed the lead to 30-27 with a jumper and, after Stacey Augmon hit a free throw, converted a three-point play for a five-point edge. Alexander fed Goldwire for a 20-footer to increase the advantage to 35-28.

"Johnny Newman was unbelievable, he just kept scoring," Hanzlik said.

Portland, which trailed by seven at halftime, was within 60-56 when Isaiah Rider buried a long jumper with 2:17 left in the third quarter. But the Nuggets scored the final seven points of the period.

Newman sparked that spurt with a three-point play and, after LaPhonso Ellis hit a dunk, made two free throws to build a 67-56 lead heading into the fourth.

Denver led by at least nine throughout the final period and grabbed its largest advantage, 86-68, when Alexander fed Garrett for a layup on the break with 2:11 to play.

"This wasn't a fluke," Garrett said. "We didn't win it at the buzzer, we were up the whole game. I don't think they were ready to play us. I don't know what they were thinking, but they weren't thinking about us."

Ellis had nine points and nine boards but hit just 3-of-12 from the field as the Nuggets shot 42 percent (30-of-72).

Rick Brunson had 12 points and 10 assists starting in place of Stoudamire, but the Blazers shot just 38.5 percent (30-of-78) from the floor and made only two of 16 three-pointers. Rider chipped in 13 points and Wallace had 12 as Portland suffered its fourth straight road loss.

"They didn't surprise us at all, they played hard," Brunson said. "Talent doesn't always win. They played with heart. Mentally, we didn't come prepared to play."

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