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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 30 30 26 26 112 DENVER 29 23 20 28 100 FINAL


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WASHINGTON (112) AT DENVER (100)

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

HOWARD F 31 10-15 7-10 0 7 7 2 5 1 2 27 THORPE F 35 8-12 2-2 1 3 4 3 6 1 0 18 DAVIS C 10 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 RICHMOND G 38 9-15 11-11 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 29 STRICKLAND G 32 5-13 3-4 2 1 3 11 1 0 2 14 CHEANEY 19 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 LEGLER 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MCINNIS 10 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 T MURRAY 25 6-11 1-2 0 6 6 1 1 2 0 16 WALLACE 29 3-4 0-0 3 7 10 0 5 3 1 6 C WHITNEY 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 COKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-79 26-31 7 24 31 26 24 8 6 112 (.519) (.839) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 6(4 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 42 14-21 11-13 3 9 12 1 3 0 4 39 TAYLOR F 25 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 2 5 0 0 5 FORTSON C 25 4-5 6-7 1 7 8 0 5 0 2 14 BILLUPS G 31 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 5 3 0 2 3 VAN EXEL G 38 9-16 1-2 0 1 1 10 2 1 3 23 ALEXANDER 15 1-5 3-4 0 3 3 5 0 0 0 5 CLARK 11 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 1 2 HERRERA 10 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 STITH 23 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 2 2 4 WASHINGTON 11 2-5 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 0 0 5 E WILLIAMS 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-71 23-28 9 28 37 25 25 3 14 100 (.493) (.821) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(23 PTS)

WASHINGTON 30 30 26 26 - 112 DENVER 29 23 20 28 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WALLACE. DENVER - MCDYESS 5, ALEXANDER, FORTSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 4-10 (.400), RICHMOND 0-2, STRICKLAND 1-1, T MURRAY 3-5, C WHITNEY 0-2. DENVER 7-19 (.368), TAYLOR 1-2, BILLUPS 1-4, VAN EXEL 4-6, ALEXANDER 0-2, STITH 0-1, WASHINGTON 1-3, E WILLIAMS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, NOLAN FINE, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 10,987. T - 2:10.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 31 10-15 7-10 0-7 2 5 27 Thorpe 35 8-12 2-2 1-4 3 6 18 Davis 10 0-0 2-2 1-1 0 2 2 Richmond 38 9-15 11-11 0-0 3 3 29 Strickland 32 5-13 3-4 2-3 11 1 14 Cheaney 19 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Legler 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mcinnis 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 5 0 0 T Murray 25 6-11 1-2 0-6 1 1 16 Wallace 29 3-4 0-0 3-10 0 5 6 C Whitney 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Coker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-79 26-31 7-31 26 24 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.839. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Richmond 0-2, Strickland 1-1, T Murray 3-5, C Whitney 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Wallace). Turnovers: 6 (Howard 2, Strickland 2, Richmond, Wallace). Steals: 8 (Wallace 3, T Murray 2, Cheaney, Howard, Thorpe).

DENVER (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 42 14-21 11-13 3-12 1 3 39 Taylor 25 2-4 0-0 1-2 2 5 5 Fortson 25 4-5 6-7 1-8 0 5 14 Billups 31 1-6 0-0 0-1 5 3 3 Van Exel 38 9-16 1-2 0-1 10 2 23 Alexander 15 1-5 3-4 0-3 5 0 5 Clark 11 1-3 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 Herrera 10 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Stith 23 1-4 2-2 0-2 1 2 4 Washington 11 2-5 0-0 2-3 1 3 5 E Williams 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Meyer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-71 23-28 9-37 25 25 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Taylor 1-2, Billups 1-4, Van Exel 4-6, Alexander 0-2, Stith 0-1, Washington 1-3, E Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Mcdyess 5, Alexander, Fortson). Turnovers: 15 (Mcdyess 4, Van Exel 3, Billups 2, Fortson 2, Stith 2, Clark). Steals: 3 (Stith 2, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Washington 30 30 26 26 - 112 Denver 29 23 20 28 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,987. T: 2:10. Officials: Jim Clark, Nolan Fine, (michael Smith.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Mitch Richmond led five players in double figures with 29 points as the Washington Wizards cruised to a 112-100 victory over the floundering Denver Nuggets.

"We had a good flow to our game tonight," Richmond said. "Our offense was running really well. It was nice to get a comfortable lead so we could put this one away. Coach started calling plays and I was hitting my shots."

Washington, which had lost six of its last nine games and five of six on the road, used a 12-0 run capped by Rod Strickland's free throw to take a commanding 50-36 lead with 4:57 left in the first half and never looked back.

Strickland had 14 points and 11 assists and drained a 20-foot jumper to put Washington ahead for good, 32-31, with 11:11 left in the first half.

Juwan Howard scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting and Otis Thorpe added 18 for Washington, which committed a season-low six turnovers while scoring 23 points off Denver giveaways.

"I think we are a better ball club than our record shows," Howard said. "We came out with intensity and decided we were going to outwork our opponents. It felt good to get this win. Of our 16 losses, I think we probably gave away 10 or 11 of them."

The Nuggets suffered their fourth straight loss and 15th in 17 games despite 39 points and 12 rebounds by Antonio McDyess.

Nick Van Exel scored 23 points and handed out 10 assists for Denver, which had won nine of its last 11 home games against Washington.

"McDyess really played well tonight and so did Nick," said Denver coach Mike D'Antoni. "But we really needed other guys to step up."

Playing their third game in as many days, McDyess and Van Exel shot a combined 64 percent (27-of-42), but the rest of the weary Nuggets were a putrid 8-of-29.

Tracy Murray scored 16 points off the bench for Washington, which made 26-of-31 free throws after going 21-of-35 from the line Friday at Golden State.

"We got some support off the bench," Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "Murray hit some big (3-pointers) and Mitch was hot. Our guys are giving us everyting they have. Mentally, they are tough and keep responding."

Richmond was 9-of-15 from the field and 11-of-11 at the line.

Danny Fortson collected 14 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who shot 49 percent (35-of-71) and held a 37-31 advantage on the boards.

"We just have to stick together," said Fortson. "I think this is the toughest part of the schedule for us. The thing we need to work on is intensity."

The Wizards shot 52 percent (41-of-79).

McDyess, who was 14-of-21 from the field and 11-of-13 at the stripe, scored 12 points in the first quarter.

"I felt good tonight except for maybe the last six minutes," said McDyess. "I was just exhausted. Our legs weren't as fresh. Defensively, we weren't stopping anybody at all."

The Nuggets pulled within 30-29 on Van Exel's running jumper with 3.3 seconds left in the opening period and took their final lead on McDyess' slam 32 seconds into the second quarter.

Van Exel's jumper with 9:28 left in the third quarter sliced Denver's lead to 64-58, but Washington responded with a 20-6 run capped by Murray's free throw with two minutes remaining that gave the Wizards their biggest lead at 84-64.

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