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DENVER (81) AT DALLAS (90)

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

MCDYESS F 40 5-18 3-4 8 2 10 2 5 1 1 13 WASHINGTON F 16 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 2 0 3 LAFRENTZ C 4 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 VAN EXEL G 37 7-15 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 16 BILLUPS G 33 5-11 3-3 2 2 4 3 3 0 1 14 FORTSON 40 5-10 5-10 8 16 24 0 6 2 1 15 STITH 31 3-8 0-1 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 8 ALEXANDER 28 2-10 2-2 0 4 4 6 3 3 3 6 MEYER 8 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 2 CLARK 3 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION E WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-87 13-20 18 33 51 16 25 9 12 81 (.356) (.650) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

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

CEBALLOS F 34 6-14 8-12 5 8 13 1 1 0 2 20 GREEN F 20 2-6 1-2 2 5 7 1 2 0 0 5 BRADLEY C 36 1-7 6-6 2 9 11 0 4 1 3 8 NASH G 31 2-6 3-3 0 4 4 5 0 2 1 7 FINLEY G 44 8-16 2-2 0 4 4 3 3 1 3 20 PACK 19 2-6 2-2 1 3 4 3 2 1 2 6 NOWITZKI 5 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 DAVIS 16 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 TRENT 27 7-17 4-5 3 2 5 0 3 1 0 18 WALKER 8 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 2 ANSTEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-80 26-32 14 36 50 14 17 8 12 90 (.388) (.813) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

DENVER 17 21 24 19 - 81 DALLAS 26 18 23 23 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 3, WASHINGTON, STITH, ALEXANDER, MEYER, CLARK. DALLAS - BRADLEY 5, TRENT 2, PACK, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 6-25 (.240), MCDYESS 0-1, WASHINGTON 1-3, LAFRENTZ 0-1, VAN EXEL 2-7, BILLUPS 1-3, STITH 2-5, ALEXANDER 0-4, CLARK 0-1. DALLAS 2-8 (.250), CEBALLOS 0-1, NASH 0-3, FINLEY 2-3, TRENT 0-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - VAN EXEL, DALLAS - FINLEY. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, KEN MAUER, MARC DAVIS. A - 13,203. T - 2:15.


Box Score

DENVER (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 40 5-18 3-4 8-10 2 5 13 Washington 16 1-6 0-0 0-3 2 1 3 Lafrentz 4 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Van Exel 37 7-15 0-0 0-1 2 3 16 Billups 33 5-11 3-3 2-4 3 3 14 Fortson 40 5-10 5-10 8-24 0 6 15 Stith 31 3-8 0-1 0-1 1 2 8 Alexander 28 2-10 2-2 0-4 6 3 6 Meyer 8 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Clark 3 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Taylor DNP - coach's decision E Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-87 13-20 18-51 16 25 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 6-25, .240 (Mcdyess 0-1, Washington 1-3, Lafrentz 0-1, Van Exel 2-7, Billups 1-3, Stith 2-5, Alexander 0-4, Clark 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Mcdyess 3, Washington, Stith, Alexander, Meyer, Clark). Turnovers: 13 (Alexander 3, Meyer 2, Stith 2, Billups, Fortson, Lafrentz, Mcdyess, Van Exel). Steals: 9 (Alexander 3, Fortson 2, Washington 2, Mcdyess, Van Exel).

DALLAS (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ceballos 34 6-14 8-12 5-13 1 1 20 Green 20 2-6 1-2 2-7 1 2 5 Bradley 36 1-7 6-6 2-11 0 4 8 Nash 31 2-6 3-3 0-4 5 0 7 Finley 44 8-16 2-2 0-4 3 3 20 Pack 19 2-6 2-2 1-4 3 2 6 Nowitzki 5 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Davis 16 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Trent 27 7-17 4-5 3-5 0 3 18 Walker 8 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Anstey DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-80 26-32 14-50 14 17 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Ceballos 0-1, Nash 0-3, Finley 2-3, Trent 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 9 (Bradley 5, Trent 2, Pack, Walker). Turnovers: 13 (Bradley 3, Finley 3, Ceballos 2, Pack 2, Davis, Nash). Steals: 8 (Nash 2, Walker 2, Bradley, Finley, Pack, Trent). ____________________________________________ Denver 17 21 24 19 - 81 Dallas 26 18 23 23 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Van Exel, 2:59 3rd). Dallas 1 (Finley, 0:39 1st). Flagrant fouls: Denver 1 (Meyer, 0:39 1st). A: 13,203. T: 2:15. Officials: Jess Kersey, Ken Mauer, Marc Davis.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Gary Trent scored eight of his 18 points during a decisive fourth-quarter run and the Dallas Mavericks posted their first back-to-back wins of the season with a 90-81 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

"In the stretch, we had a couple of big baskets and we won the game," Trent said. "For the most part, we just pulled one out."

The Nuggets, who were denied their first three-game winning streak since December 18-23, 1996, were dealt a significant blow to their future when rookie center Raef LaFrentz, the third overall pick in the 1998 draft, tore the ACL in his left knee early in the first quarter.

"Anytime somebody is playing as well as he is playing goes out for the rest of the year, it's tough," Denver coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It's tough for him."

Bryant Stith drained a 3-pointer to give Denver a 75-73 lead with 6:30 to play. Michael Finley, who scored 20 points, answered with a 3-pointer and a layup to put the Mavericks ahead for good at 78-75 with 4:52 left.

After Cory Alexander's jumper pulled Denver within one, Trent exploded for eight of his team's next 10 points, including a thunderous dunk that gave Dallas an 88-79 cushion with 58 seconds to go.

"That was a pretty special win tonight," said Dallas coach Don Nelson, whose team has won three of four after a seven-game losing streak. "It was a team we feel we will be competing against for the next position. It felt like a real good win to us."

LaFrentz will undergo an MRI on Friday. In his absence, the Nuggets received a stellar performance off the bench from 1996 first-round pick Danny Fortson, who tied an NBA season high with 24 rebounds and also scored 15 points.

"We couldn't get over the hill," said Fortson. "If we had a couple of 3s at the end of the game, we'd have been in the game."

"We have to have a couple of guys step up (for LaFrentz)," added D'Antoni. "We had a chance to win this one. We were kind of off synch all night and we still had a chance to win."

Cedric Ceballos had 20 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for Dallas, which had not posted consecutive victories since March 23-25. The second win in that set was a 105-94 victory at Denver.

Despite the sparkling performance, Ceballos was diagnosed with a fractured right wrist after the game and will undergo X-rays on Friday. The injury occurred late in the first quarter when ex-Maverick Loren Meyer hacked Ceballos on a layup attempt.

"Cedric Ceballos had a gutsy performance," added Nelson. "He hurt his wrist and really couldn't do much with his right hand. I didn't know how bad it was until he shot the free throw at the end. We may miss him a game or two."

Nick Van Exel, who spearheaded the Nuggets' modest two-game winning streak with his late-game heroics, scored just two of his team-high 16 points in the second half.

Dallas center Shawn Bradley, the player nearest LaFrentz when he went down, had eight points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. He also helped limit Denver top scorer Antonio McDyess to just 13 points.

"We had a game plan before we went out there tonight and we executed that game plan," Bradley said. "If someone comes in the lane, they know even if I don't get a block shot, they know I'm 7-6."

Chauncey Billups scored 14 points for the Nuggets, who shot just 36 percent (31-of-87) from the field, including 6-of-25 from beyond the arc.

The Mavericks appeared to be the quicker team all game. They held a 23-10 advantage in fast-break points as well as a 20-9 edge in second-chance points.

McDyess made just 5-of-18 shots but grabbed 10 rebounds for Denver, which outrebounded Dallas, 51-50.

"We didn't get anything accomplished," said McDyess. "I think we had a lack of energy and intensity and they came and kept scoring on us and we couldn't get back."

Eric Washington nailed a 3-pointer, capping a 10-3 run that gave Denver a 48-44 lead with 8:43 left in the third quarter.

But just as they seemed to do all game, the Mavericks answered. With the Nuggets clinging to a 54-51 lead, Finley threw in a 30-foot bank shot from just inside the right sideline, pulling Dallas even with 6:50 left.

The basket sparked an 11-0 spurt which was capped by a pair of free throws by Bradley, giving Dallas a 62-54 cushion with 4:11 remaining.

Dallas appeared to have things under control with a 73-66 lead in the early moments of the fourth quarter. But Fortson hit a jumper, McDyess had a dunk and follow shot and Stith capped a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer from the right sideline that thrust the Nuggets into the lead, 75-73, midway through the period.

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