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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 29 26 23 34 112 DENVER 35 27 26 28 116 FINAL


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VANCOUVER (112) AT DENVER (116)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 39 5-15 8-9 2 4 6 5 2 2 3 18 SMITH F 21 5-6 2-3 1 4 5 1 2 1 3 12 REEVES C 24 7-14 2-4 2 2 4 3 5 0 0 16 BIBBY G 35 6-9 3-3 0 3 3 10 2 1 1 15 MACK G 30 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 3 CHILCUTT 10 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 LOPEZ 15 1-2 1-4 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 4 MASSENBURG 24 10-15 7-13 3 4 7 0 5 1 1 27 PARKS 15 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 WEST 14 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 WHEAT 4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 MAYBERRY 9 1-1 1-1 0 1 1 6 3 1 1 3

TOTALS 240 42-79 24-37 9 23 32 27 24 11 14 112 (.532) (.649) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 41 16-25 14-18 8 11 19 1 4 1 3 46 STITH F 12 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 9 FORTSON C 27 2-7 6-6 2 8 10 2 6 1 2 10 BILLUPS G 37 5-11 0-0 0 2 2 4 4 2 6 12 VAN EXEL G 30 2-6 4-4 0 0 0 12 4 2 3 8 ALEXANDER 29 3-8 0-0 1 3 4 6 4 1 0 7 CLARK 24 3-6 2-2 2 3 5 1 2 1 0 8 MEYER 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 WASHINGTON 19 3-4 3-4 0 2 2 0 4 0 2 12 E WILLIAMS 16 1-4 2-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 4 LAFRENTZ DNP - TORN ACL TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-77 31-36 14 29 43 29 31 8 18 116 (.494) (.861) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

VANCOUVER 29 26 23 34 - 112 DENVER 35 27 26 28 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - MASSENBURG 2, ABDUR-RAHIM, WEST. DENVER - MCDYESS 4, FORTSON 2, CLARK, MEYER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 4-8 (.500), BIBBY 0-1, MACK 1-3, CHILCUTT 2-2, LOPEZ 1-2. DENVER 9-19 (.474), STITH 3-3, BILLUPS 2-5, VAN EXEL 0-3, ALEXANDER 1-4, WASHINGTON 3-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES. A - 9,248. T - 2:12.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 39 5-15 8-9 2-6 5 2 18 Smith 21 5-6 2-3 1-5 1 2 12 Reeves 24 7-14 2-4 2-4 3 5 16 Bibby 35 6-9 3-3 0-3 10 2 15 Mack 30 1-4 0-0 0-3 1 1 3 Chilcutt 10 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 8 Lopez 15 1-2 1-4 1-2 0 0 4 Massenburg 24 10-15 7-13 3-7 0 5 27 Parks 15 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 West 14 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Wheat 4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Mayberry 9 1-1 1-1 0-1 6 3 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-79 24-37 9-32 27 24 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.532, FT-.649. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Bibby 0-1, Mack 1-3, Chilcutt 2-2, Lopez 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Massenburg 2, Abdur-rahim, West). Turnovers: 16 (Abdur-rahim 3, Smith 3, Mack 2, Bibby, Lopez, Massenburg, Mayberry, Parks, Wheat). Steals: 11 (Parks 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Bibby, Lopez, Massenburg, Mayberry, Smith, West).

DENVER (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 41 16-25 14-18 8-19 1 4 46 Stith 12 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 1 9 Fortson 27 2-7 6-6 2-10 2 6 10 Billups 37 5-11 0-0 0-2 4 4 12 Van Exel 30 2-6 4-4 0-0 12 4 8 Alexander 29 3-8 0-0 1-4 6 4 7 Clark 24 3-6 2-2 2-5 1 2 8 Meyer 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Washington 19 3-4 3-4 0-2 0 4 12 E Williams 16 1-4 2-2 1-1 1 1 4 Lafrentz DNP - torn acl Taylor DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-77 31-36 14-43 29 31 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.861. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (Stith 3-3, Billups 2-5, Van Exel 0-3, Alexander 1-4, Washington 3-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Mcdyess 4, Fortson 2, Clark, Meyer). Turnovers: 19 (Billups 6, Mcdyess 3, Van Exel 3, E Williams 2, Fortson 2, Washington 2). Steals: 8 (Billups 2, Van Exel 2, Alexander, Clark, Fortson, Mcdyess). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 29 26 23 34 - 112 Denver 35 27 26 28 - 116 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 9,248. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Forte, Joe Derosa, David Jones.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Antonio McDyess supplied the points and Chauncey Billups the guts.

McDyess had a career-high 46 points and 19 rebounds, while Billups overcame a sore left ankle to hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final 50 seconds as the Denver Nuggets blew a 16-point fourth-quarter lead and defeated the Vancouver Grizzlies, 116-112.

The 6-9 McDyess ran roughshod on the Grizzlies' frontcourt, tallying 20 points in the first quarter. After scoring a combined 12 points in the middle periods, McDyess netted another 14 in the first 6:50 of the fourth quarter but did not score in the final 5:10.

Billups, who has been playing with a sore left ankle, saved the Nuggets after a 3-pointer by Pete Chilcutt pulled Vancouver even at 110-110 with 1:13 to play. As the shot clock wound down, Nick Van Exel penetrated into the lane before finding Billups on the right wing for the 3-pointer that snapped the tie with 50 seconds to go.

After a dunk by Tony Massenburg made it 113-112, it was Billups answering again, hitting from almost the exact same point with 8.9 seconds to play. He rolled his left ankle on the follow through and had to be helped off the court after the Grizzlies called timeout.

"I've twisted my ankles ever since high school and this was my good ankle," said Billups, who finished with 12 points. "I wasn't surprised I hit those last two threes, I take big shots and make big shots. I wasn't looking to score early because McDyess was rolling."

The 46 points matched the NBA's season high this year, established by Detroit's Grant Hill and matched by Philadelphia's Allen Iverson. It was the most points by a Nuggets player since Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf scored 51 points against Utah on December 7, 1995.

Denver has won four straight home games and improved to 5-9 overall. The Nuggets, who did not win their fifth game last season until their 47th game, are enjoying their longest winning streak since winning 10 in a row at McNichols Arena from January 13-February 13, 1993.

Massenburg scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, who trailed 98-82 with nine minutes to play before their furious comeback. Vancouver has lost three straight games and six of its last seven.

"Not much you can do to stop a guy when he's on a roll," admitted Massenburg about McDyess. "Trying to make him play defense is the best way I know. He played a phenomenal game."

Despite McDyess' offensive outburst in the first half, the Grizzlies continued to battle and were within 72-70 after Massenburg made a free throw with 5:07 left in the third quarter. But reserve guard Eric Washington scored 10 points in a 2:53 span, hitting three 3-pointers as Denver opened an 88-78 lead entering the fourth quarter.

"I was wide open because they were double-teaming Antonio," said Washington, who was 3-of-3 from 3-point range. "I'm paid to hit the open shot and that's what I did. It wasn't difficult because it was a team effort. I got a lot of help from our guards. I'll do whatever it takes to win."

McDyess scored six points in an 8-2 burst, capped by his baseline lay-in at the nine-minute mark, providing the 98-82 lead and his career high with points 37 and 38. His final points came on a three-point play with 5:10 remaining as Denver held a 106-96 lead.

It did not matter who guarded McDyess as he would often establish position on the left side, square himself to the basket and often drive the baseline around Grizzlies center Bryant Reeves or sweep into the lane. He went 16-of-24 from the field and 13-of-17 from the foul line.

"Nick carried the team a few games ago, tonight was my turn to carry the team," said McDyess. "I wasn't even feeling it, my outside shots weren't even falling, it was all layups and dunks, and I give a lot of our credit to our point guards."

"Before the game, Nick told me I should score 40. I said I'd score 30, but I was just fooling. Afterwards, Nick said I overdid myself going for 46."

But the Nuggets were lethargic on defense and Vancouver took full advantage. Massenburg and rookie Felipe Lopez each made a free throw before Chilcutt hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 106-101 with 4:12 to play. Van Exel had a driving layup and Washington sank two free throws to rebuild Denver's lead to nine, but Massenburg and Shareef Abdur-Rahim converted three-point plays to make it 110-107 with 2:37 to go.

The teams traded empty possessions before Chilcutt's game-tying shot from beyond the arc.

Denver shot 49 percent (38-of-77) from the field and hit 9-of-19 from 3-point range. Van Exel had 12 assists and Danny Fortson had 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

Abdur-Rahim finished with 18 points but made only 5-of-15 from the field. The Grizzlies shot 53 percent (42-of-79) from the field but missed 13 free throws, six by Massenburg.

Already playing without injured rookie forward Raef LaFrentz, the Nuggets lost guard Bryant Stith in the second quarter to an ankle injury. He rolled his ankle after hitting a 3-pointer and was unable to return.

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