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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 22 27 25 29 103 LA CLIPPERS 25 28 22 26 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 34, DANNY FORTSON 20, ANTONIO MCDYESS 18 LAC - MAURICE TAYLOR 28, SHERMAN DOUGLAS 14, LAMOND MURRAY 14

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - DANNY FORTSON 14, ANTONIO MCDYESS 10 LAC - LORENZEN WRIGHT 14, LAMOND MURRAY 6

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 7, ANTONIO MCDYESS 2 LAC - SHERMAN DOUGLAS 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 9,450


Extended Box

DENVER (103) AT LA CLIPPERS (101)

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

MCDYESS F 27 7-16 4-4 2 8 10 2 6 0 1 18 STITH F 24 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 4 FORTSON C 44 5-9 10-10 6 8 14 0 3 0 2 20 BILLUPS G 30 5-12 3-4 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 15 VAN EXEL G 44 12-23 8-9 0 0 0 7 2 0 3 34 HERRERA 20 0-5 2-2 1 5 6 0 2 0 0 2 TAYLOR 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 WASHINGTON 24 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 8 E WILLIAMS 20 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 2 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION K MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-79 27-29 10 30 40 11 24 1 8 103 (.443) (.931) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8(5 PTS)

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

NESBY F 40 4-11 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 2 0 9 TAYLOR F 34 11-22 6-8 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 28 OLOWOKANDI C 20 2-3 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 0 1 4 DOUGLAS G 37 4-8 6-8 0 2 2 6 4 0 1 14 PIATKOWSKI G 25 2-8 3-3 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 7 HUDSON 11 1-4 1-1 2 1 3 3 1 0 1 3 MURRAY 27 4-11 5-6 1 5 6 2 4 0 2 14 ROGERS 18 5-8 3-4 1 4 5 3 4 0 0 13 WRIGHT 28 3-5 3-3 6 8 14 0 3 0 1 9 MARTIN DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE SKINNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-80 27-33 13 30 43 16 26 2 7 101 (.450) (.818) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 7(8 PTS)

DENVER 22 27 25 29 - 103 LA CLIPPERS 25 28 22 26 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - TAYLOR, FORTSON. LA CLIPPERS - ROGERS 2, TAYLOR, WRIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 6-19 (.316), BILLUPS 2-6, VAN EXEL 2-8, HERRERA 0-1, WASHINGTON 2-4. LA CLIPPERS 2-10 (.200), NESBY 1-2, DOUGLAS 0-1, PIATKOWSKI 0-4, MURRAY 1-3. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, TOM WASHINGTON, TONY BROTHERS. A - 9,450. T - 2:19.


Box Score

DENVER (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 27 7-16 4-4 2-10 2 6 18 Stith 24 2-4 0-0 1-3 1 0 4 Fortson 44 5-9 10-10 6-14 0 3 20 Billups 30 5-12 3-4 0-2 0 3 15 Van Exel 44 12-23 8-9 0-0 7 2 34 Herrera 20 0-5 2-2 1-6 0 2 2 Taylor 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Washington 24 3-6 0-0 0-2 0 4 8 E Williams 20 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 Alexander DNP - coach's decision K Mccarty DNP - coach's decision Meyer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-79 27-29 10-40 11 24 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.931. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Billups 2-6, Van Exel 2-8, Herrera 0-1, Washington 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Taylor, Fortson). Turnovers: 8 (Van Exel 3, Fortson 2, Billups, Mcdyess, Stith). Steals: 1 (E Williams).

LA CLIPPERS (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nesby 40 4-11 0-0 0-3 1 1 9 Taylor 34 11-22 6-8 2-4 0 3 28 Olowokandi 20 2-3 0-0 1-5 1 3 4 Douglas 37 4-8 6-8 0-2 6 4 14 Piatkowski 25 2-8 3-3 0-1 0 3 7 Hudson 11 1-4 1-1 2-3 3 1 3 Murray 27 4-11 5-6 1-6 2 4 14 Rogers 18 5-8 3-4 1-5 3 4 13 Wright 28 3-5 3-3 6-14 0 3 9 Martin DNP - strained left knee Skinner DNP - coach's decision Smith DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-80 27-33 13-43 16 26 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Nesby 1-2, Douglas 0-1, Piatkowski 0-4, Murray 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Rogers 2, Taylor, Wright). Turnovers: 7 (Murray 2, Douglas, Hudson, Olowokandi, Piatkowski, Wright). Steals: 2 (Nesby 2). ____________________________________________ Denver 22 27 25 29 - 103 La Clippers 25 28 22 26 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:45 3rd, 10:44 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 9,450. T: 2:19. Officials: Jess Kersey, Tom Washington, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Nick Van Exel scored 34 points, including a 22-foot jumper with 5.5 seconds left that gave the Denver Nuggets their second road win of the season, a 103-101 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Van Exel held the ball throughout the entire final possession. He was challenged by Troy Hudson, but Van Exel calmly hit the jumper to give Denver a two-point lead.

"Coach (Mike D'Antoni) called the play for me," Van Exel said. "And either I was going to go to the hole, or try to make some space to get my jump shot."

"We wanted him to go 1-on-1," D'Antoni said. "The guys came out in the second half and played with more intensity than normal. It was a very big road win for us."

Without a timeout, the Clippers had to go the length of the floor. They had a chance to win, but Sherman Douglas' running 3-pointer hit the back of the rim as time expired. They tied the game with 27 seconds left when Maurice Taylor, who finished with a career-high 28 points, drove for a layup.

"Nick got hot down the stretch," Taylor said. "He hit shots with a guy or two on him. He was hitting shots you just don't (often) hit in a (close) game."

Douglas and Lamond Murray each added 14 points for Los Angeles while Lorenzen Wright pulled down 14 rebounds.

"Everybody's working hard," Wright said. "Once we started playing well, our confidence grew. I know what we have to do. Everybody's picking up their game, and we're a young team."

It was the second time this season the Nuggets used a last-second shot to defeat the Clippers. Chauncey Billups banked in a runner with 3.9 seconds remaining to give Denver an 82-80 triumph over Los Angeles on March 4.

Danny Fortson had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Antonio McDyess added 18 and 10 before fouling out for the Nuggets, who improved to just 2-20 on the road. Their only other road win was against Vancouver on April 7 and they are 5-73 away from home since February 16, 1997.

Denver went on a 14-5 run to take a 95-93 lead with 3:26 left. Fortson and Van Exel each scored four points during that stretch.

Taylor scored 15 points and Lorenzen Wright grabbed 11 rebounds in the first half as the Clippers opened a 53-49 lead. Fortson scored 16 points, including 10-of-10 from the line.

Los Angeles made four straight shots in a 10-0 spurt in the third quarter, opening a 75-70 lead with 2:58 left. Rookie Tyrone Nesby punctuated the burst with a 3-pointer.

Clippers guard Darrick Martin missed his third straight game due to a strained left knee.

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