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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 25 23 23 30 101 MILWAUKEE 29 22 28 20 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 27, GEORGE MCCLOUD 21, JAMES POSEY 16 MIL - RAY ALLEN 25, GLENN ROBINSON 24, SAM CASSELL 16

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 14, KEON CLARK 7 MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 13, SCOTT WILLIAMS 10

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 8, GEORGE MCCLOUD 7 MIL - SAM CASSELL 12, RAY ALLEN 4

ATT: 15,862


Extended Box

DENVER (101) AT MILWAUKEE (99)

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

MCDYESS F 37 7-18 1-3 6 8 14 6 3 0 1 15 POSEY F 27 5-10 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 16 LAFRENTZ C 35 3-9 4-8 0 4 4 0 4 1 1 12 BILLUPS G 20 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 2 VAN EXEL G 44 9-23 8-10 0 3 3 8 0 1 4 27 CLARK 18 2-3 0-0 2 5 7 1 4 0 1 4 MCCLOUD 32 7-11 3-4 2 2 4 7 5 0 3 21 BOWEN 14 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 ROGERS 7 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 STITH 6 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MERCER DNP - SINUS INFECTION

TOTALS 240 36-86 18-27 12 30 42 23 19 5 12 101 (.419) (.667) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

ROBINSON F 35 11-22 0-2 1 5 6 2 4 0 2 24 S WILLIAMS F 18 4-9 3-4 3 7 10 0 4 0 0 11 JOHNSON C 34 0-3 1-2 5 8 13 2 5 0 1 1 ALLEN G 40 9-23 4-4 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 25 CASSELL G 36 6-11 4-6 0 6 6 12 4 2 5 16 DEL NEGRO 21 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 3 2 THOMAS 30 6-9 2-4 2 6 8 1 2 0 1 14 REID 15 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 MANNING 11 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 ELLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TRAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION WORKMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-88 16-24 11 38 49 23 24 4 12 99 (.443) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

DENVER 25 23 23 30 - 101 MILWAUKEE 29 22 28 20 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS, CLARK, LAFRENTZ. MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON 3, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 11-23 (.478), POSEY 4-6, LAFRENTZ 2-2, BILLUPS 0-2, VAN EXEL 1-5, MCCLOUD 4-7, STITH 0-1. MILWAUKEE 5-14 (.357), ROBINSON 2-5, ALLEN 3-8, THOMAS 0-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - VAN EXEL. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, JIM CAPERS, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 15,862. T - 2:11.


Box Score

DENVER (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 37 7-18 1-3 6-14 6 3 15 Posey 27 5-10 2-2 0-1 0 1 16 Lafrentz 35 3-9 4-8 0-4 0 4 12 Billups 20 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 Van Exel 44 9-23 8-10 0-3 8 0 27 Clark 18 2-3 0-0 2-7 1 4 4 Mccloud 32 7-11 3-4 2-4 7 5 21 Bowen 14 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Rogers 7 0-3 0-0 1-4 0 0 0 Stith 6 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Mercer DNP - sinus infection _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-86 18-27 12-42 23 19 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 11-23, .478 (Posey 4-6, Lafrentz 2-2, Billups 0-2, Van Exel 1-5, Mccloud 4-7, Stith 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcdyess, Clark, Lafrentz). Turnovers: 14 (Van Exel 4, Mccloud 3, Billups 2, Clark, Lafrentz, Mcdyess). Steals: 5 (Posey 2, Bowen, Lafrentz, Van Exel).

MILWAUKEE (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 35 11-22 0-2 1-6 2 4 24 S Williams 18 4-9 3-4 3-10 0 4 11 Johnson 34 0-3 1-2 5-13 2 5 1 Allen 40 9-23 4-4 0-2 4 1 25 Cassell 36 6-11 4-6 0-6 12 4 16 Del Negro 21 1-5 0-0 0-3 2 1 2 Thomas 30 6-9 2-4 2-8 1 2 14 Reid 15 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Manning 11 1-3 2-2 0-0 0 1 4 Ellis DNP - coach's decision Traylor DNP - coach's decision Workman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-88 16-24 11-49 23 24 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Robinson 2-5, Allen 3-8, Thomas 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Johnson 3, Thomas). Turnovers: 13 (Cassell 5, Del Negro 3, Robinson 2, Johnson, Thomas). Steals: 4 (Cassell 2, Manning 2). ____________________________________________ Denver 25 23 23 30 - 101 Milwaukee 29 22 28 20 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Van Exel, 2:01 1st). Flagrant fouls: Milwaukee 1 (S Williams, 0:06 2nd). A: 15,862. T: 2:11. Officials: Mike Mathis, Jim Capers, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Behind Nick Van Exel, the Denver Nuggets have squeezed a season's worth of road wins into one trip.

Van Exel scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half to rally the Nuggets to a 101-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and their third win on their current road trip.

"When we left on this trip, I thought two wins would be fantastic, three would be unbelievable," said Nuggets coach Dan Issel, whose team completes its trip Tuesday at Seattle. "But you always step up your expectations. And now my expectations are that we will win four games on this trip."

The Nuggets had won just two road games in each of the last two seasons, going a combined 4-62 away from home. They began this six-game trip with an 0-5 road mark this season but won in their first two stops at New York and Philadelphia.

"This is a different team," Issel said. "The last couple of years, we didn't have the talent we have this year. We wore the same uniforms. That's about the only thing that's similar between this year and the last two years. This team is more talented. They have more character. And most important, they want to win."

Van Exel helped move Denver to 3-2 on this trip with his clutch shooting. His baseline runner with 2:23 to go gave the Nuggets the lead for good at 93-92 and he added two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining.

"Anytime you have these pressure situations, you want to be the guy with the ball," said Van Exel, who made 9-of-23 shots and handed out eight assists.

George McCloud scored 21 points off the bench and rookie James Posey added 16 -- both season highs -- for the Nuggets, who erased a 16-point third-quarter deficit.

Ray Allen scored 25 points and Glenn Robinson added 24 for the Bucks, who continue their habit of building and blowing leads. Milwaukee is 3-5 in its last eight games, squandering big leads in five of those games.

"We've got to play 48 minutes," Robinson said. "We get a little lead and we don't stay on top of it. We kind of think that we've got the game won and we still have 23 minutes left. That's a lot of time."

Robinson scored seven points in an 11-1 run that gave Milwaukee a 70-54 lead with 5:43 remaining but Denver began its comeback. Van Exel scored 10 points in the remainder of the period to cut the deficit to 79-71 entering the fourth quarter.

McCloud had two 3-pointers and Van Exel had one in a 13-4 surge that opened the final period and gave Denver an 84-83 lead with 6:37 remaining.

After Van Exel's runner, Robinson missed and Raef LaFrentz hit a 3-pointer for a 96-92 lead with 1:51 left. Allen hit two free throws and a jumper around a foul shot by McCloud to leave the Nuggets with a 97-96 lead with 7.8 seconds to go.

Van Exel immediately was fouled and hit both free throws before Robinson missed a 3-pointer. Posey's two free throws sealed it and Allen threw in a buzzer shot from mid-court.

"Denver's been a pesky, confident team in the fourth quarter," Bucks coach George Karl said. "They played more confidently than we did down the stretch. We had a 16-point lead in the second half. All of a sudden, it's a ballgame. We just don't finish situations off well."

Antonio McDyess had 15 points and 14 rebounds and LaFrentz scored 12 points for the Nuggets, who shot 42 percent (36-of-86) from the field but made 11-of-23 3-pointers.

Sam Cassell had 16 points and 12 assists and Tim Thomas scored 14 points for the Bucks, who shot 44 percent (39-of-88) and held a 49-42 rebounding advantage. Ervin Johnson grabbed 13 rebounds and Scott Williams added 10.

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