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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 20 16 13 12 61 SAN ANTONIO 25 28 15 24 92 FINAL


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DENVER (61) AT SAN ANTONIO (92)

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

MCDYESS F 39 9-21 5-6 3 6 9 1 3 2 2 23 TAYLOR F 23 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 6 1 1 0 FORTSON C 21 1-5 4-6 6 5 11 1 3 2 2 6 BILLUPS G 24 0-4 3-4 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 3 VAN EXEL G 35 7-16 2-3 0 2 2 4 0 0 4 16 ALEXANDER 16 3-8 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 3 8 CLARK 28 0-8 3-4 2 6 8 0 5 0 1 3 HERRERA 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MEYER 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 STITH 18 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 WASHINGTON 10 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 E WILLIAMS 19 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 1 2 2

TOTALS 240 21-73 19-25 12 27 39 9 25 10 20 61 (.288) (.760) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 22(17 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 36 10-21 7-9 1 7 8 0 3 0 2 27 ELLIOTT F 27 5-10 5-6 0 6 6 1 2 0 2 18 ROBINSON C 28 4-9 4-6 1 4 5 1 2 1 2 12 ELIE G 13 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 2 JOHNSON G 24 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 8 3 1 3 4 DANIELS 24 4-7 3-3 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 11 GAZE 7 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 3 JACKSON 25 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 1 1 6 S KERR 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 J KERSEY 18 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 PERDUE 20 1-1 0-2 0 8 8 0 2 1 3 2 ROSE 13 1-5 5-7 2 2 4 1 4 2 0 7

TOTALS 240 31-69 26-35 7 35 42 22 23 11 16 92 (.449) (.743) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 18(11 PTS)

DENVER 20 16 13 12 - 61 SAN ANTONIO 25 28 15 24 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 5, DUNCAN 2, PERDUE, S KERR, ELLIOTT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 0-5 (.000), BILLUPS 0-2, VAN EXEL 0-2, WASHINGTON 0-1. SAN ANTONIO 4-12 (.333), ELLIOTT 3-5, ELIE 0-1, DANIELS 0-1, GAZE 1-2, JACKSON 0-1, J KERSEY 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, TOM WASHINGTON, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 32,982. T - 2:08.


Box Score

DENVER (61) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 39 9-21 5-6 3-9 1 3 23 Taylor 23 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 6 0 Fortson 21 1-5 4-6 6-11 1 3 6 Billups 24 0-4 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 Van Exel 35 7-16 2-3 0-2 4 0 16 Alexander 16 3-8 2-2 0-2 1 0 8 Clark 28 0-8 3-4 2-8 0 5 3 Herrera 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Meyer 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Stith 18 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Washington 10 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 E Williams 19 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 5 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 21-73 19-25 12-39 9 25 61 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.288, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 0-5, .000 (Billups 0-2, Van Exel 0-2, Washington 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Mcdyess). Turnovers: 22 (Van Exel 4, Alexander 3, Stith 3, E Williams 2, Fortson 2, Mcdyess 2, Billups, Clark, Meyer, Taylor). Steals: 10 (Billups 2, Fortson 2, Mcdyess 2, E Williams, Stith, Taylor, Washington).

SAN ANTONIO (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 36 10-21 7-9 1-8 0 3 27 Elliott 27 5-10 5-6 0-6 1 2 18 Robinson 28 4-9 4-6 1-5 1 2 12 Elie 13 0-1 2-2 1-2 1 0 2 Johnson 24 2-4 0-0 1-5 8 3 4 Daniels 24 4-7 3-3 0-1 5 0 11 Gaze 7 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 3 Jackson 25 3-6 0-0 1-2 3 2 6 S Kerr 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 J Kersey 18 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Perdue 20 1-1 0-2 0-8 0 2 2 Rose 13 1-5 5-7 2-4 1 4 7 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-69 26-35 7-42 22 23 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.743. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Elliott 3-5, Elie 0-1, Daniels 0-1, Gaze 1-2, Jackson 0-1, J Kersey 0-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 10 (Robinson 5, Duncan 2, Perdue, S Kerr, Elliott). Turnovers: 18 (Johnson 3, Perdue 3, Duncan 2, Elliott 2, Gaze 2, Robinson 2, Jackson, S Kerr). Steals: 11 (J Kersey 3, Rose 2, Elie, Gaze, Jackson, Johnson, Perdue, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Denver 20 16 13 12 - 61 San Antonio 25 28 15 24 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 32,982. T: 2:08. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Tom Washington, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets came up very short against the Twin Towers of the San Antonio Spurs.

With no one in the starting lineup taller than 6-9, the Nuggets were smothered by seven-footers Tim Duncan and David Robinson, setting a club record for fewest points in a 92-61 loss.

"They defended us well and at some point in the game, we decided to bang it inside where we had no chance," Nuggets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It seemed like we were even afraid to try an outside shot."

It was the seventh straight win for the Spurs and the seventh loss in a row for the Nuggets, who fell to 0-12 on the road.

Denver shot less than 29 percent (21-of-73) from the field and only a basket in the final minute prevented the Nuggets from matching a club record for fewest field goals in a game. Their point total was a basket shy of the 63 they scored at Indiana on March 1, 1998.

"They defended great tonight," said Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups, who missed all four of his shots. "They do that to a lot of teams. Anytime you have two seven-footers, it eliminates a lot that goes on in the paint. With Tim Duncan and David Robinson down low, you only need your perimeter defenders to have a mediocre night and you give yourself a great chance to win."

Duncan had 27 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Robinson had 12 points, five rebounds and five blocks in just 28 minutes. The Spurs allowed just 25 points in the second half as they beat the Nuggets for the seventh straight time.

"They are the key to the team," said San Antonio guard Antonio Daniels, who had 11 points and five assists off the bench. "Right now, they are both playing great. They really complement each other."

Nuggets forward Antonio McDyess scored 23 points but had several of his shots blocked by Robinson, who set a tone with his defense.

"That's my big role now -- defensive man," Robinson said. "Antonio missed some jump shots and we made him a driver. We made him go to the rim and I was there for support. It was nice blocking his shots. It gave a lift to the team."

"Defensively, we played really well tonight," Duncan said. "Dave had some huge blocks on Antonio and Antonio comes to play every night."

Denver actually made six of its first 11 shots and held a 16-15 lead midway through the first quarter before coming apart. The Nuggets went without a basket for almost 10 minutes as the Spurs put together a 14-4 run featuring six points each by Duncan and Sean Elliott.

"We started out well, shooting 6-of-11 and played with some good energy and then the lights went out," D'Antoni said. "I really have no explanation."

A basket by McDyess ended the drought and cut the deficit to 29-22 with 9:15 remaining in the second quarter but San Antonio slowly pulled away, opening a 53-36 halftime lead. Duncan scored 18 points in the first half.

Any chance the Nuggets had of getting back in the game ended in the third quarter, when they shot 28 percent (5-of-18) and committed five turnovers. The fourth quarter was even worse, as Denver shot just 27 percent (4-of-15).

San Antonio opened its largest lead at 92-59 on a 3-pointer by Andrew Gaze with 1:57 to go.

Elliott scored 18 points and Avery Johnson handed out eight assists for San Antonio, which shot 45 percent (31-of-69) and held a 42-39 rebounding advantage.

"Avery and Antonio (Daniels) ran the team well and Sean just ccontinues to amaze," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "No one thought he would come back (from offseason surgery) with the first step that he has."

Nick Van Exel scored 16 points for the Nuggets, whose nine assists were one better than the franchise low. Denver was 0-of-5 from 3-point range, the first time this season it failed to make a 3-pointer.

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