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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 24 33 19 30 106 DENVER 24 20 39 33 116 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 26, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 19, LAWRENCE FUNDERBURKE 16 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 38, RON MERCER 25, ROY ROGERS 18

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - VLADE DIVAC 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 DEN - KEON CLARK 16, ROY ROGERS 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 15,576


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (106) AT DENVER (116)

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

WEBBER F 40 10-20 6-7 1 5 6 4 3 0 1 26 C WILLIAMSON F 18 2-7 2-2 3 3 6 2 3 0 1 6 DIVAC C 17 4-7 2-2 3 4 7 2 2 0 3 10 ANDERSON G 24 0-6 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 0 J WILLIAMS G 24 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 7 2 2 5 5 POLLARD 18 0-2 4-6 2 2 4 0 2 1 2 4 DELK 24 4-9 1-2 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 10 MARTIN 17 3-8 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 7 STOJAKOVIC 30 7-11 4-4 1 3 4 0 3 1 1 19 FUNDERBURKE 20 6-10 4-5 4 2 6 2 0 1 0 16 CORBIN 8 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 3 WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-89 24-30 15 25 40 27 23 5 16 106 (.438) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(26 PTS)

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

CLARK F 19 2-6 2-2 8 8 16 3 5 1 1 6 POSEY F 11 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 LAFRENTZ C 14 0-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 2 0 MERCER G 44 9-19 7-8 0 6 6 4 3 1 5 25 VAN EXEL G 44 16-31 5-5 1 6 7 10 2 5 3 38 MCCLOUD 31 3-10 1-1 3 3 6 4 2 1 0 8 ROGERS 33 9-14 0-0 7 3 10 1 3 0 0 18 BILLUPS 8 1-3 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 STITH 6 2-4 2-4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 6 BOWEN 30 4-9 2-4 6 2 8 0 5 0 0 10 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCDYESS DNP - LOWER BACK STRAIN

TOTALS 240 47-104 20-25 25 33 58 23 25 9 13 116 (.452) (.800) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 24 33 19 30 - 106 DENVER 24 20 39 33 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - C WILLIAMSON 2, DELK, ANDERSON, WEBBER, POLLARD. DENVER - CLARK 5, ROGERS, LAFRENTZ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 4-16 (.250), WEBBER 0-1, ANDERSON 0-2, J WILLIAMS 1-3, DELK 1-3, MARTIN 1-3, STOJAKOVIC 1-4. DENVER 2-16 (.125), POSEY 0-1, LAFRENTZ 0-1, VAN EXEL 1-8, MCCLOUD 1-2, ROGERS 0-1, BILLUPS 0-1, STITH 0-2. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - ASSISTANT COACH WETZEL. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, NOLAN FINE, MARC DAVIS. A - 15,576. T - 2:10.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 40 10-20 6-7 1-6 4 3 26 C Williamson 18 2-7 2-2 3-6 2 3 6 Divac 17 4-7 2-2 3-7 2 2 10 Anderson 24 0-6 0-0 1-4 2 2 0 J Williams 24 2-7 0-0 0-1 7 2 5 Pollard 18 0-2 4-6 2-4 0 2 4 Delk 24 4-9 1-2 0-1 3 2 10 Martin 17 3-8 0-0 0-0 4 2 7 Stojakovic 30 7-11 4-4 1-4 0 3 19 Funderburke 20 6-10 4-5 4-6 2 0 16 Corbin 8 1-2 1-2 0-1 1 2 3 Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-89 24-30 15-40 27 23 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Webber 0-1, Anderson 0-2, J Williams 1-3, Delk 1-3, Martin 1-3, Stojakovic 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (C Williamson 2, Delk, Anderson, Webber, Pollard). Turnovers: 16 (J Williams 5, Divac 3, Martin 2, Pollard 2, Anderson, C Williamson, Stojakovic, Webber). Steals: 5 (J Williams 2, Funderburke, Pollard, Stojakovic).

DENVER (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Clark 19 2-6 2-2 8-16 3 5 6 Posey 11 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Lafrentz 14 0-4 0-0 0-4 0 2 0 Mercer 44 9-19 7-8 0-6 4 3 25 Van Exel 44 16-31 5-5 1-7 10 2 38 Mccloud 31 3-10 1-1 3-6 4 2 8 Rogers 33 9-14 0-0 7-10 1 3 18 Billups 8 1-3 1-1 0-0 1 0 3 Stith 6 2-4 2-4 0-1 0 0 6 Bowen 30 4-9 2-4 6-8 0 5 10 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Mcdyess DNP - lower back strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24047-104 20-25 25-58 23 25 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (Posey 0-1, Lafrentz 0-1, Van Exel 1-8, Mccloud 1-2, Rogers 0-1, Billups 0-1, Stith 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Clark 5, Rogers, Lafrentz). Turnovers: 14 (Mercer 5, Van Exel 3, Lafrentz 2, Billups, Clark, Stith). Steals: 9 (Van Exel 5, Clark, Mccloud, Mercer, Posey). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 24 33 19 30 - 106 Denver 24 20 39 33 - 116 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 1 (Assistant Coach Wetzel, 10:53 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,576. T: 2:10. Officials: Ken Mauer, Nolan Fine, Marc Davis.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Nick Van Exel took over.

With his team apparently out of the game, Van Exel had 14 of his season-high 38 points in the third quarter when the Denver Nuggets erased a 13-point second-half deficit en route to an impressive 116-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

The 6-1 point guard had a stellar night, knocking down 16-of-31 shots and 5-of-5 free throws to go with his seven rebounds and 10 assists in 38 minutes. The Nuggets trailed 57-44 at the half and 74-68 with 4:11 to go in the third period before Van Exel turned into a one-man show.

"I just tried to pick it up for the team in the second half," Van Exel said. "It's just mental toughness. I wanted the pressure on me in the second half. I was mad in the third quarter. The basket looked like a big ocean."

He drained a 19-footer, converted a steal into a layup and fed rookie Ryan Bowen for an uncontested layup with 2:15 left in the third quarter to forge a 74-74 tie. Van Exel and Predrag Stojakovic exchanged jumpers before Van Exel put his team ahead to stay, 78-76, with a running jumper in the lane with 1:18 left.

George McCloud hit a 3-pointer and Van Exel put an exclamation point on his third-quarter outburst by hitting another runner with 1.4 seconds to go, giving Denver an 83-76 cushion entering the final period.

"I wanted the ball and I had a good rhythm," Van Exel said. "It's just something that clicks in me. And I want to try to take a game and motivate my teammates."

"Lots of guys stepped up tonight, but Van Exel was the guy who really led the way for us," Denver coach Dan Issel said.

Ron Mercer scored 25 points and Roy Rogers added 18 and 10 rebounds off the bench for Denver, which had lost nine of its 10 previous meetings with Sacramento.

"I tried to make the most of my opportunity tonight," Rogers said. "Nick is an All-Star. He is capable of doing that every night."

Chris Webber had 26 points for the Kings, who have dropped three of their last four games and are just 3-5 since a sparkling 10-2 start.

"We knew Nick would be the man," Webber said. "He is a great player. Nick never suprises me. You can see his hearth pumping through his chest. I don't think anybody thought they would cmoe back from 13 points down."

Bowen scored 10 points for the Nuggets, who lost guard Chauncey Billups to a dislocated shoulder in the fourth quarter. Denver was already without starting forward Antonio McDyess due to back spasms and lost second-year big man Raef LaFrentz due to nausea in the first half, making Denver's second-half explosion all the more impressive.

"We needed (a big second half), especially with McDyess and Raef out," Van Exel added. "We made an assertive effort to take the ball to the basket in the second half."

Keon Clark, starting for McDyess, had six points and 16 rebounds for the Nuggets, who shot 45 percent (47-of-104) and held a commanding 58-40 advantage on the boards.

Stojakovic and Lawrence Funderburke had 19 and 16 points off the bench, respectively, for the Kings, who shot 44 percent (39-of-89) and yielded 23 points off turnovers.

Stojakovic fueled a 13-2 second quarter run with a pair of layups and two free throws to give Sacramento a 43-32 lead with 5:39 remaining in the first half. Funderburke's layup less than a minute before intermission extended the Kings lead to a comfortable 57-44.

Rogers started the Nuggets' comeback with a 15-footer and two layups to open the second half, cutting the deficit to 57-50 with 10:29 remaining in the third quarter. The Nuggets stayed within striking distance before Van Exel began his virtuoso performance.

The volatile point man was just 5-of-14 for 12 points in the first half, but buried 11-of-17 shots the rest of the way, falling three points shy of his career high in scoring established last February 5 against his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Nick got on fire," Kings forward Corliss Williamson said. "He did a good job making up for the absence of McDyess and LaFrentz in the second half."

Van Exel scored 12 fourth-quarter points to make sure the Nuggets stayed ahead. Denver (11-11) improved to 8-3 at home and moved back to .500 on the season.

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