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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 26 29 24 24 103 DENVER 32 36 30 30 128 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - CORLISS WILLIAMSON 19, TARIQ ABDUL-WAHAD 17, BILLY OWENS 13 DEN - JOHNNY NEWMAN 35, LAPHONSO ELLIS 26, CORY ALEXANDER 23


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (103) AT DENVER (128)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 33 8-17 3-4 2 5 7 1 4 0 3 19 OWENS F 25 4-5 4-5 2 4 6 1 4 1 2 13 THORPE C 22 4-8 0-0 2 6 8 2 3 0 0 8 T ABDUL-WAHAD G 23 6-11 4-5 1 0 1 2 5 1 2 17 JOHNSON G 32 1-9 5-6 0 1 1 5 2 0 4 7 ROBINSON 32 4-13 1-2 3 2 5 8 2 2 2 11 DEHERE 16 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 3 5 HENDRICKSON 17 2-4 0-0 3 0 3 1 1 1 1 4 STEWART 22 3-6 5-6 2 3 5 1 4 1 2 11 FUNDERBURKE 18 4-7 0-0 3 4 7 2 0 1 0 8 POLYNICE DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - BIRTH OF CHILD RICHMOND DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 38-86 22-28 19 25 44 23 27 7 19 103 (.442) (.786) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 19(18 PTS)

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

FORTSON F 21 4-7 5-7 0 3 3 0 6 1 2 13 L ELLIS F 39 9-15 6-7 2 13 15 4 3 0 2 26 D GARRETT C 27 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 2 GOLDWIRE G 36 5-11 3-4 0 2 2 8 4 1 0 15 ALEXANDER G 40 7-13 5-6 0 4 4 11 0 3 1 23 NEWMAN 39 10-17 13-13 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 35 WOLF 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 STITH 23 4-8 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 10 BATTIE 5 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 4 WASHINGTON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-76 34-39 4 26 30 28 20 10 10 128 (.553) (.872) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10(13 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 26 29 24 24 - 103 DENVER 32 36 30 30 - 128

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - STEWART 4, THORPE, ROBINSON, OWENS. DENVER - D GARRETT 4, L ELLIS 3, FORTSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 5-14 (.357), OWENS 1-1, THORPE 0-1, T ABDUL-WAHAD 1-1, JOHNSON 0-3, ROBINSON 2-6, DEHERE 1-2. DENVER 10-16 (.625), L ELLIS 2-3, GOLDWIRE 2-3, ALEXANDER 4-6, NEWMAN 2-3, STITH 0-1. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - ROBINSON, DEHERE 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, JOE FORTE, TIM DONAGHY. A - 10,959. T - 2:08.


Agate Box Score

SACRAMENTO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 33 8-17 3-4 2-7 1 4 19 Owens 25 4-5 4-5 2-6 1 4 13 Thorpe 22 4-8 0-0 2-8 2 3 8 T Abdul-wahad 23 6-11 4-5 1-1 2 5 17 Johnson 32 1-9 5-6 0-1 5 2 7 Robinson 32 4-13 1-2 3-5 8 2 11 Dehere 16 2-6 0-0 1-1 0 2 5 Hendrickson 17 2-4 0-0 3-3 1 1 4 Stewart 22 3-6 5-6 2-5 1 4 11 Funderburke 18 4-7 0-0 3-7 2 0 8 Polynice DNP - not with team - birth of child Richmond DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-86 22-28 19-44 23 27 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Owens 1-1, Thorpe 0-1, T Abdul-wahad 1-1, Johnson 0-3, Robinson 2-6, Dehere 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 7 (Stewart 4, Thorpe, Robinson, Owens). Turnovers: 19 (Johnson 4, C Williamson 3, Dehere 3, Owens 2, Robinson 2, Stewart 2, T Abdul-wahad 2, Hendrickson). Steals: 7 (Robinson 2, Funderburke, Hendrickson, Owens, Stewart, T Abdul-wahad).

DENVER (128) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fortson 21 4-7 5-7 0-3 0 6 13 L Ellis 39 9-15 6-7 2-15 4 3 26 D Garrett 27 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Goldwire 36 5-11 3-4 0-2 8 4 15 Alexander 40 7-13 5-6 0-4 11 0 23 Newman 39 10-17 13-13 1-2 2 2 35 Wolf 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Stith 23 4-8 2-2 0-1 1 0 10 Battie 5 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 4 Washington 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jackson DNP - coach's decision Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-76 34-39 4-30 28 20 128 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.553, FT-.872. 3-Point Goals: 10-16, .625 (L Ellis 2-3, Goldwire 2-3, Alexander 4-6, Newman 2-3, Stith 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (D Garrett 4, L Ellis 3, Fortson). Turnovers: 10 (Newman 5, Fortson 2, L Ellis 2, Alexander). Steals: 10 (Alexander 3, Newman 3, D Garrett, Fortson, Goldwire, Washington). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 26 29 24 24 - 103 Denver 32 36 30 30 - 128 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 3 (Robinson, 4:09 3rd; Dehere 2 (ejected), 8:54 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,959. T: 2:08. Officials: Bill Spooner, Joe Forte, Tim Donaghy.


Game Recap

The Denver Nuggets officially avoided matching the worst single-season record in league history with their 10th victory, as Johnny Newman scored a season-high 35 points in a 128-103 pounding of the Sacramento Kings.

After losing its previous four games and nine of 10, Denver still needed one win in its final six games to avoid joining the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers in the record books. With that elusive victory, the Nuggets improved their league-worst record to 10-67. The 76ers' 9-73 mark remains the worst in NBA history.

"It feels great as a team, we've worked very hard," Newman said. "Tonight was definitely a focal point with only nine wins, we wanted to take one game at a time. We did celebrate when we came into the locker room."

"We could've packed it in but we didn't. It's real nice to see the guys have a little success," Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik said. "The way this year's gone for us, we'll probably be called for playing an illegal player or something."

Corliss Williamson scored 19 points for the Kings (27-50), who notched the 16th 50-loss season in franchise history and the first since going 28-54 in 1993-94. Sacramento has lost 14 of its last 15 games and had its five-game winning streak against the Nuggets come to an end.

LaPhonso Ellis tied season highs with 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Nuggets, who posted their highest point total of the season and their largest victory margin since a 108-82 win over Vancouver on March 2nd, 1996.

"Guys were so excited in the locker room. The guys put their hearts and souls into tonight," Ellis said. "The young guys will appreciate the wins a lot more next year when we get this turned around and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Cory Alexander scored 23 points, tied a season high with 11 assists and drained four of Denver's season-high 10 three-pointers. The Nuggets were 10-of-16 from behind the arc and hit 55.3 percent (42-of-76) from the field, marking their second-best shooting effort of the season.

"I told my team it was obvious Denver was a lot hungrier than we were," Kings coach Eddie Jordan said. "When you get on a roll like that making threes, it's a lot easier. They rode the energy wave. ... It was a good win for them to avoid history."

The Nuggets, who improved to 4-1 when Newman reaches 30 or more points, scored 30 or more points in all four quarters for the first time since a 137-122 victory over Dallas on April 22nd, 1993.

"They were hungrier than we were and got their 10th win," Kings forward Billy Owens said. "I'm a fan of the sport, so I'm happy for them. I didn't want them to beat us, but they did, so congratulations to them."

Denver took the lead for good when Anthony Goldwire fed Alexander for a three-pointer with 2:19 left in the opening period for a 25-24 lead. That basket sparked a 10-2 spurt to end the quarter, capped by a three-pointer by Ellis that gave Denver a 32-26 advantage.

After Ellis scored 13 in the first period, Newman put up the same number in the second quarter as Denver built the lead. Sacramento came within five points three times in that period, the last of which was with 4:46 left when Williamson hit a short jumper to make it 50-45. But Newman answered with four straight free throws to increase the lead to 54-49.

Anthony Johnson made two free throws to pull Sacramento within 59-53, but Denver closed the quarter with a 9-2 run. Goldwire started that spurt with a three-pointer and scored six points as the Nuggets took a 68-55 halftime lead.

Sacramento never challenged in the second half. Denver scored nine of the first 11 points of the third quarter, during which Newman added another nine points to help the Nuggets to a 98-79 lead.

"It's a great feeling and we want to finish the season off strong and regroup for the summer," Newman said. "I wanted to have a big night tonight and do well to help our team win. ... I don't want to fold it in now."

The Kings got no closer than 16 points in the final period as Denver cruised to victory.

"We shouldn't be embarrassed to lose the game to them, we should be embarrassed because of our effort," Williamson said. "They were hungry and we were very passive. ... Toward the end, everyone on their team stepped it up."

Goldwire scored 15 points and tied a season high with eight assists, while Danny Fortson chipped in 13 points. Goldwire and Alexander combined for 19 assists, the most by the Nuggets' starting backcourt this season, and committed no turnovers.

Denver was dominated on the boards, 44-30, but turned it over just 10 times and made 34-of-39 free throws.

Tariq Abdul-Wahad scored 17 points and Owens added 13 for the Kings, who shot 44 percent (38-of-86) and committed 19 turnovers.

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