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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 25 22 34 14 95 DENVER 12 33 24 27 96 FINAL


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MILWAUKEE (95) AT DENVER (96)

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

HILL F 31 1-4 2-2 3 2 5 2 4 1 1 4 ROBINSON F 29 9-18 0-0 2 3 5 3 1 3 1 19 TRAYLOR C 15 4-4 0-0 0 4 4 1 4 1 0 8 ALLEN G 35 7-16 2-2 1 2 3 3 0 1 1 18 BRANDON G 36 7-16 4-5 1 3 4 7 0 3 2 18 D CURRY 18 2-6 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 6 M CURRY 25 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 2 1 4 DEL NEGRO 17 1-4 4-4 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 6 GILLIAM 19 4-6 4-4 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 12 JOHNSON 15 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 5 2 3 0 JORDAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-79 17-19 10 19 29 21 19 16 12 95 (.468) (.895) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 43 6-15 4-4 3 9 12 3 2 0 5 16 WASHINGTON F 9 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 FORTSON C 33 6-8 4-4 5 6 11 1 5 1 2 16 BILLUPS G 41 6-9 2-2 1 1 2 6 3 0 5 18 VAN EXEL G 30 5-11 2-2 0 0 0 6 1 1 3 15 ALEXANDER 29 5-10 3-3 1 2 3 6 3 1 2 13 CLARK 20 3-4 1-2 1 4 5 0 2 2 1 7 STITH 31 3-8 1-1 2 6 8 2 1 1 2 8 TAYLOR 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 MEYER DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE LAFRENTZ DNP - TORN ACL E WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-71 17-18 13 28 41 24 17 6 22 96 (.493) (.944) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 23(23 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 25 22 34 14 - 95 DENVER 12 33 24 27 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - TRAYLOR 2, ROBINSON. DENVER - MCDYESS 4, ALEXANDER, CLARK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 4-10 (.400), ROBINSON 1-1, ALLEN 2-3, BRANDON 0-4, D CURRY 1-2. DENVER 9-21 (.429), WASHINGTON 1-3, BILLUPS 4-6, VAN EXEL 3-7, ALEXANDER 0-2, STITH 1-3. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: LEON WOOD, JIM CLARK, JOE CRAWFORD. A - 10,926. T - 2:03.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 31 1-4 2-2 3-5 2 4 4 Robinson 29 9-18 0-0 2-5 3 1 19 Traylor 15 4-4 0-0 0-4 1 4 8 Allen 35 7-16 2-2 1-3 3 0 18 Brandon 36 7-16 4-5 1-4 7 0 18 D Curry 18 2-6 1-2 0-2 0 1 6 M Curry 25 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Del Negro 17 1-4 4-4 0-0 4 1 6 Gilliam 19 4-6 4-4 1-2 1 2 12 Johnson 15 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 5 0 Jordan DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-79 17-19 10-29 21 19 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Robinson 1-1, Allen 2-3, Brandon 0-4, D Curry 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Traylor 2, Robinson). Turnovers: 12 (Johnson 3, Brandon 2, D Curry 2, Allen, Gilliam, Hill, M Curry, Robinson). Steals: 16 (Brandon 3, Robinson 3, Del Negro 2, Johnson 2, M Curry 2, Allen, D Curry, Hill, Traylor).

DENVER (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 43 6-15 4-4 3-12 3 2 16 Washington 9 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Fortson 33 6-8 4-4 5-11 1 5 16 Billups 41 6-9 2-2 1-2 6 3 18 Van Exel 30 5-11 2-2 0-0 6 1 15 Alexander 29 5-10 3-3 1-3 6 3 13 Clark 20 3-4 1-2 1-5 0 2 7 Stith 31 3-8 1-1 2-8 2 1 8 Taylor 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Meyer DNP - suspended by league Lafrentz DNP - torn acl E Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-71 17-18 13-41 24 17 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.944. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (Washington 1-3, Billups 4-6, Van Exel 3-7, Alexander 0-2, Stith 1-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcdyess 4, Alexander, Clark). Turnovers: 23 (Billups 5, Mcdyess 5, Van Exel 3, Alexander 2, Fortson 2, Stith 2, Clark, Taylor, Washington). Steals: 6 (Clark 2, Alexander, Fortson, Stith, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 25 22 34 14 - 95 Denver 12 33 24 27 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:51 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,926. T: 2:03. Officials: Leon Wood, Jim Clark, Joe Crawford.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Danny Fortson's follow with five seconds remaining completed a stirring fourth-quarter comeback and lifted the Denver Nuggets to a 96-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

A short jumper by Glenn Robinson with 15 seconds to play gave the Bucks a 96-95 advantage. Denver called timeout and put the ball in the hands of point guard Chauncey Billups, who was unable to convert after driving to the basket. But Fortson grabbed the rebound and put back the game-winner.

"I got my hands on the ball and I knew I was close and I put it up as quick as I could," Fortson said. "We just kept fighting back. That's something that we didn't do last year. It's nice to be on a team with that.

"Our last play was designed to go to Mac (Antonio McDyess) in the block," said Nuggets coach Mike D'Antoni. "Chauncey took it and had a good shot. Danny Fortson gave great, great effort."

Robinson's 15-footer rimmed out and Bryant Stith grabbed the rebound for the Nuggets as time expired.

"I wish we could've got a better shot at the end, but it was still a good shot," said Bucks coach George Karl. "We shouldn't have been in that position. Denver is playing well. A lot of things in this game disappointed me, but I can't elaborate on any of them."

Billups scored 18 points, Fortson had 16 and 11 rebounds and Antonio McDyess added 16 and 12 for Denver, which won despite playing without two key frontcourt players.

Rookie forward-center Raef LaFrentz torn his left ACL on Thursday against Dallas and is out for the season. Center Loren Meyer was suspended for this game after committing a flagrant foul in the loss to the Mavericks.

The Nuggets (4-9) did not record their fourth win last season until the 44th game.

Robinson netted 19 points and Ray Allen and Terrell Brandon had 18 each for the Bucks.

Denver trailed 81-69 entering the final period but immediately got back into the contest by scoring the first seven points of the quarter on a three-point play by Fortson, McDyess' 11-foot jumper and a dunk by Fortson.

The Bucks responded by putting together a 7-0 spurt, capped by two free throws by Vinny Del Negro that gave them a 88-76 lead with 6:21 left. It was then time for another 8-0 run by Denver.

Nick Van Exel scored the first four points of the spurt on a layup and two free throws and dished to Cory Alexander for a layup. Two free throws by McDyess with 4:31 to play brought the Nuggets within 88-84.

A 20-footer by Brandon briefly stemmed the tide, but Alexander hit a running jumper and Fortson's three-point play cut Milwaukee's advantage to 90-89. After a short jumper by Robinson, McDyess converted a layup and Van Exel drained a 3-pointer from the left wing to give Denver its first lead since the opening moments of the third quarter.

"I was a little out of it, but watching the other fellas pouring their hearts out, I got back into it," said Van Exel. "Tonight guys came off the bench, like Stith and Alexander, and showed a lot of leadership. It's good when other guys can step up."

Brandon hit the second of two free throws with 47 seconds remaining and Robinson gave the Bucks back the lead by hitting a seven-footer.

"It was a team effort," said Fortson. "We played hard, especially in the fourth quarter. We needed it, everyone was down low. We needed to win, and we got it."

Van Exel scored 15 points while dishing out six assists and Alexander came off the bench to contribute 13 points for Denver, which overcame 23 turnovers by shooting 49 percent (35-of-71) from the field, including hitting 9-of-21 3-pointers. The Nuggets also held a 41-29 advantage on the boards.

"We came out so flat, I thought it would be a long night," added D'Antoni. "But we gutted it out. It's a great tribute to our guys to hang round and win."

Armen Gilliam had 12 points, Brandon handed out seven assists and Robinson and Tyrone Hill each grabbed five boards for Milwaukee, which shot 47 percent (37-of-79) and had just 12 turnovers.

"We're all disappointed," said Robinson. "We had an eight-point lead with six minutes left and we lost the game, but life goes on."

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