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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 16 9 12 30 67 PHOENIX 29 21 25 11 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - JAMES POSEY 14, ANTONIO MCDYESS 12, CORY ALEXANDER 10 PHO - RODNEY ROGERS 17, CLIFF ROBINSON 12, TOM GUGLIOTTA 12

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - POPEYE JONES 8, JAMES POSEY 6 PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 10, SHAWN MARION 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 3, CORY ALEXANDER 3 PHO - JASON KIDD 7, TOM GUGLIOTTA 6

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

DENVER (67) AT PHOENIX (86)

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

MCDYESS F 26 4-13 4-7 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 12 POSEY F 31 5-12 2-2 1 5 6 2 3 5 1 14 LAFRENTZ C 19 1-4 1-2 2 0 2 0 2 0 3 3 ABDUL-WAHAD G 29 4-13 1-2 2 1 3 0 1 2 1 9 VAN EXEL G 29 3-10 0-0 0 3 3 3 3 0 3 6 MCCLOUD 18 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 CLARK 18 1-3 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 4 2 STITH 19 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 2 GATLING 16 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 0 0 0 1 4 JONES 13 0-4 0-0 3 5 8 0 1 0 0 0 ALEXANDER 14 3-8 2-2 1 0 1 3 1 4 1 10 ROGERS 8 1-2 1-3 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 3

TOTALS 240 26-82 11-18 13 29 42 10 19 13 18 67 (.317) (.611) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(15 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 28 5-10 2-2 1 7 8 6 1 1 3 12 MARION F 35 5-13 0-0 2 7 9 0 1 0 0 10 ROBINSON C 32 4-9 2-4 1 3 4 1 2 1 3 12 HARDAWAY G 31 3-9 4-6 3 7 10 4 1 0 5 10 KIDD G 28 3-6 3-3 0 7 7 7 1 1 2 10 ROGERS 18 6-10 2-4 3 2 5 0 2 3 0 17 LIVINGSTON 19 3-6 0-1 2 2 4 3 6 2 5 6 BLOUNT 20 0-4 3-4 2 1 3 1 1 1 3 3 CHAPMAN 15 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 BAILEY 10 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 WEST 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 LONGLEY DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 32-74 16-24 14 39 53 23 16 9 23 86 (.432) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 23(23 PTS)

DENVER 16 9 12 30 - 67 PHOENIX 29 21 25 11 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ, STITH. PHOENIX - MARION 2, LIVINGSTON, HARDAWAY, ROGERS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 4-8 (.500), POSEY 2-2, VAN EXEL 0-3, ALEXANDER 2-3. PHOENIX 6-11 (.545), ROBINSON 2-2, HARDAWAY 0-1, KIDD 1-3, ROGERS 3-4, CHAPMAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - VAN EXEL. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, HUE HOLLINS, KEVIN FEHR. A - 19,023. T - 2:00.


Box Score

DENVER (67) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 26 4-13 4-7 2-4 1 0 12 Posey 31 5-12 2-2 1-6 2 3 14 Lafrentz 19 1-4 1-2 2-2 0 2 3 Abdul-wahad 29 4-13 1-2 2-3 0 1 9 Van Exel 29 3-10 0-0 0-3 3 3 6 Mccloud 18 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 Clark 18 1-3 0-0 2-5 0 3 2 Stith 19 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Gatling 16 2-5 0-0 0-5 0 0 4 Jones 13 0-4 0-0 3-8 0 1 0 Alexander 14 3-8 2-2 1-1 3 1 10 Rogers 8 1-2 1-3 0-2 0 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-82 11-18 13-42 10 19 67 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.317, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Posey 2-2, Van Exel 0-3, Alexander 2-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Lafrentz, Stith). Turnovers: 18 (Clark 4, Lafrentz 3, Van Exel 3, Mccloud 2, Abdul-wahad, Alexander, Gatling, Posey, Rogers, Stith). Steals: 13 (Posey 5, Alexander 4, Abdul-wahad 2, Mccloud, Stith).

PHOENIX (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 28 5-10 2-2 1-8 6 1 12 Marion 35 5-13 0-0 2-9 0 1 10 Robinson 32 4-9 2-4 1-4 1 2 12 Hardaway 31 3-9 4-6 3-10 4 1 10 Kidd 28 3-6 3-3 0-7 7 1 10 Rogers 18 6-10 2-4 3-5 0 2 17 Livingston 19 3-6 0-1 2-4 3 6 6 Blount 20 0-4 3-4 2-3 1 1 3 Chapman 15 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Bailey 10 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 West 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Longley DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-74 16-24 14-53 23 16 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Robinson 2-2, Hardaway 0-1, Kidd 1-3, Rogers 3-4, Chapman 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Marion 2, Livingston, Hardaway, Rogers). Turnovers: 23 (Hardaway 5, Livingston 5, Blount 3, Gugliotta 3, Robinson 3, Kidd 2, Chapman, West). Steals: 9 (Rogers 3, Livingston 2, Blount, Gugliotta, Kidd, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Denver 16 9 12 30 - 67 Phoenix 29 21 25 11 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Van Exel, 6:17 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:00. Officials: Jim Capers, Hue Hollins, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The streaking Phoenix Suns turned in the second-best defensive performance in team history and extended their winning streak to seven games with an 86-67 pounding of the Denver Nuggets.

Rodney Rogers scored 17 points off the bench to lead six players in double figures for Phoenix, which allowed the fewest points since holding the Chicago Bulls to 65 on March 6, 1975.

"Overall it was a very, very good game," said Phoenix coach Scott Skiles. "There was great defense until about the last four or five minutes of the game. I was proud of the guys, the way they came back after last night. It would have been very easy for them to come out with a lackluster effort and they probably would have been given the benefit of the doubt, but they didn't."

Tom Gugliotta had 12 points and eight rebounds and Clifford Robinson also scored 12 points for the Suns. Phoenix held Denver to 33 percent (26-of-78) shooting from the field.

"It was another game for us to take a step forward, and we did that," Robinson said. "We knew coming into the game that these guys play loose. They play care-free, and we took them out of what they wanted to do."

The winning streak matched the longest of the season for the Suns, who also ran off seven straight wins from November 17-December 1. Penny Hardaway had 10 points and 10 rebounds to help Phoenix to a 53-42 advanatage on the boards.

Rookie James Posey scored 14 points and Antonio McDyess added 12 for Denver, which was six points better than the lowest total in team history.

"It was pretty embarrassing," McDyess said. "We had no chance at all. From the beginning of the game they came right on us, and before I knew it we were down 25."

Robinson scored six points in an 18-5 run that ended the first quarter and put the Suns ahead for good, 29-16.

Rookie Shawn Marion scored four of his 10 points as Phoenix closed the second quarter with a 13-3 spurt and took a 50-25 lead into the locker room. Denver was limited to nine points in the period, making only 3-of-14 shots from the floor. The Nuggets shot 25 percent (10-of-40) in the first half.

"Our shots weren't going in early and we finally got really frustrated with that and we quit playing the rest of the game," said Denver coach Dan Issel. "After the shots weren't going in, we weren't defending, rebounding or doing anything. This is one of those nights when you're just happy they can only count it as one loss."

The 25 first-half points were a defensive record for the Suns, bettering the 27 they allowed in a 79-76 victory over San Antonio on February 17, 1999.

Phoenix grabbed its biggest lead, 81-39, on a layup by Toby Bailey with 9:33 to play.

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