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NBA DENVER 89 PHOENIX 96 FINAL


Box Score

DENVER (89) AT PHOENIX (96)

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

FORTSON F 18 2-4 4-4 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 8 L ELLIS F 40 10-15 0-0 2 9 11 3 6 1 3 23 D GARRETT C 20 1-4 1-1 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 3 GOLDWIRE G 40 6-11 2-3 0 2 2 2 3 4 0 16 ALEXANDER G 38 4-7 2-2 0 5 5 10 4 2 7 12 NEWMAN 38 6-13 3-4 2 1 3 2 1 1 4 15 STITH 24 3-7 0-1 0 4 4 1 3 0 0 6 JACKSON 22 2-9 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 6 BATTIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION H ELLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WASHINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-70 14-17 5 25 30 22 23 8 16 89 (.486) (.824) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(20 PTS)

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

MCCLOUD F 37 4-14 0-0 2 5 7 5 4 1 1 11 MCDYESS F 39 11-17 3-4 2 3 5 2 4 0 1 25 ROBINSON C 43 4-12 4-4 2 3 5 5 3 2 4 12 KIDD G 46 5-11 4-6 3 8 11 11 0 3 3 14 NASH G 34 9-17 2-2 0 6 6 5 2 1 1 24 JOHNSON 31 3-7 4-5 1 1 2 4 2 2 2 10 SCOTT 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BRYANT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CHAPMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION LLAMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-78 17-21 10 26 36 32 16 9 12 96 (.462) (.810) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

DENVER 27 29 17 16 - 89 PHOENIX 22 27 29 18 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - L ELLIS 2, D GARRETT. PHOENIX - ROBINSON 2, MCCLOUD, MCDYESS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 7-13 (.538), L ELLIS 3-4, GOLDWIRE 2-3, ALEXANDER 2-4, STITH 0-1, JACKSON 0-1. PHOENIX 7-22 (.318), MCCLOUD 3-9, ROBINSON 0-1, KIDD 0-1, NASH 4-10, JOHNSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, BERNIE FRYER, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,023. T - 2:05.


Agate Box Score

DENVER (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fortson 18 2-4 4-4 0-1 1 4 8 L Ellis 40 10-15 0-0 2-11 3 6 23 D Garrett 20 1-4 1-1 0-2 2 0 3 Goldwire 40 6-11 2-3 0-2 2 3 16 Alexander 38 4-7 2-2 0-5 10 4 12 Newman 38 6-13 3-4 2-3 2 1 15 Stith 24 3-7 0-1 0-4 1 3 6 Jackson 22 2-9 2-2 1-2 1 2 6 Battie DNP - coach's decision H Ellis DNP - coach's decision Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Washington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 14-17 5-30 22 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (L Ellis 3-4, Goldwire 2-3, Alexander 2-4, Stith 0-1, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (L Ellis 2, D Garrett). Turnovers: 19 (Alexander 7, Newman 4, L Ellis 3, Fortson, Jackson). Steals: 8 (Goldwire 4, Alexander 2, L Ellis, Newman).

PHOENIX (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccloud 37 4-14 0-0 2-7 5 4 11 Mcdyess 39 11-17 3-4 2-5 2 4 25 Robinson 43 4-12 4-4 2-5 5 3 12 Kidd 46 5-11 4-6 3-11 11 0 14 Nash 34 9-17 2-2 0-6 5 2 24 Johnson 31 3-7 4-5 1-2 4 2 10 Scott 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Bryant 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Chapman DNP - coach's decision Llamas DNP - coach's decision Milic DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 17-21 10-36 32 16 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (Mccloud 3-9, Robinson 0-1, Kidd 0-1, Nash 4-10, Johnson 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Robinson 2, Mccloud, Mcdyess). Turnovers: 13 (Robinson 4, Kidd 3, Johnson 2, Mccloud, Mcdyess, Nash). Steals: 9 (Kidd 3, Johnson 2, Robinson 2, Mccloud, Nash). ____________________________________________ Denver 27 29 17 16 - 89 Phoenix 22 27 29 18 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:56 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:05. Officials: Jim Clark, Bernie Fryer, Scott Foster.


Game Recap

Jason Kidd recorded his fourth triple-double of the season with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and the Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to a season-high 10 games with a 96-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets' sixth straight road loss dropped them to 10-70 on the season as they became the fourth team in NBA history to record 70 losses in a season. The others are the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers (9-73), the 1986-87 Los Angeles Clippers (12-70) and the 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks (11-71).

Antonio McDyess scored 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting and Steve Nash added a career-high 24 points for Phoenix, which swept the four-game season series and has defeated Denver six straight times.

"We try not to take any team lightly but it seems we did in the first half tonight," McDyess said. "We continued to play hard and fought back. Now the fourth place spot in the West is in our own destiny."

The Suns (55-25), who played without injured leading scorer Rex Chapman, are 1 1/2 games ahead of San Antonio (53-26) for the fourth seed in the Western Conference and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Phoenix owns the tiebreaker over San Antonio, having won three of the four meetings this season.

"I was concerned with our slow start," Phoenix coach Danny Ainge said. "This was a game we really needed bad. Most people probably don't think much of this win because it was against Denver, but to me it means a lot. I'm proud of our guys for not letting down."

Kidd posted his 19th-career triple-double and tied Detroit's Grant Hill for the league lead this season.

"I try to help the big guys when necessary with rebounding and also look at the basket and do what needs to be done with scoring," Kidd said. "This team has a lot of character and we feel that we are in every game until it is over."

LaPhonso Ellis shot 10-of-15 from the field and had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Denver, which has lost three straight and 11 of its last 13 games. Anthony Goldwire had 16 points and Cory Alexander handed out 10 assists, but they could not prevent the Nuggets from falling to 2-38 on the road.

"We played really good, especially in the first half," Denver coach Bill Hanzlik said. "You can't expect to play and dominate all 48 minutes. We dominated most of the first half but when they got a chance to run they put it to us. In the third quarter, we couldn't score a basket."

It was all Denver in the first half. The Nuggets scored the first seven points of the game and started the second quarter with a 15-1 run, capped by two free throws from Johnny Newman to open a 42-23 lead with 8:16 left in the first half.

A 7-0 burst by the Suns, capped by a layup by Kidd, pulled Phoenix within 50-42 with 2:46 left in the quarter. But Goldwire scored 14 points in the first half as Denver took a 56-49 halftime lead.

The Suns opened the third quarter with a 9-0 spurt. McDyess scored five points in that burst, including a three-point play that gave Phoenix its first lead, 58-56, with 9:00 minutes remaining.

Denver grabbed its final lead, 71-70, with 3:13 remaining in the third after a dunk by Ellis. The Suns answered with an 8-2 run to close the quarter, with a three-pointer by Nash starting it and a dunk by McDyess with 27 seconds left finishing it.

Two baskets by McDyess and one by Kidd to start the fourth quarter gave the Suns an 84-73 edge, but the Nuggets fought back with an 11-3 run. Ellis had five points, including a three-pointer to cap it, pulling Denver within 87-84 with 4:33 remaining.

The three-pointer by Ellis was Denver's final field goal until Alexander sank a layup with just under 20 seconds left. During that stretch, the Nuggets managed just three free throws.

"We have been playing hard like this all year," Newman said. "We've been behind in the loss column all season but it's not going to stop us from competing real hard each night. The second half decided the game. The Suns made some huge runs and the shots weren't going down for us like they were in the first half."

A layup by Kidd and a fast-break dunk by McDyess increased the Suns' lead to 92-84 with 1:10 remaining. After Alexander hit two foul shots to make it 92-87 with 42 seconds to go, Kevin Johnson and Nash each added a pair of free throws to help seal the win.

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