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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 16 25 31 19 91 PORTLAND 22 28 31 26 107 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 23, ANTONIO MCDYESS 14, GEORGE MCCLOUD 14 POR - DALE DAVIS 17, STEVE SMITH 17, BONZI WELLS 17

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 10, DALE DAVIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 10, RASHEED WALLACE 6

ATT: 19,996


Extended Box

DENVER (91) AT PORTLAND (107)

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

MCDYESS F 24 4-8 6-6 4 6 10 0 5 0 6 14 POSEY F 26 3-10 0-0 2 2 4 5 2 0 1 8 LAFRENTZ C 33 3-9 0-1 1 4 5 1 5 0 2 6 ABDUL-WAHAD G 21 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 3 5 VAN EXEL G 35 8-15 5-6 0 3 3 5 2 0 1 23 LENARD 22 4-8 2-2 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 12 MCCLOUD 27 5-9 3-5 3 2 5 3 3 0 2 14 CLARK 26 1-7 2-2 1 5 6 1 3 1 4 4 DAVIS 13 1-1 1-2 4 2 6 0 1 0 0 3 PACK 13 0-4 2-2 0 1 1 5 0 0 2 2 MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-75 21-26 16 26 42 21 26 2 21 91 (.413) (.808) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 21(26 PTS)

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

DAVIS F 33 6-10 5-6 3 5 8 1 2 0 0 17 PIPPEN F 24 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 1 2 3 WALLACE C 41 7-10 1-2 2 8 10 6 2 4 4 15 SMITH G 26 6-11 4-4 0 2 2 0 2 2 0 17 STOUDAMIRE G 35 5-9 3-3 0 3 3 10 3 0 1 15 AUGMON 21 2-5 0-2 1 2 3 3 1 0 1 4 KEMP 21 5-13 5-5 1 1 2 4 6 1 0 15 WELLS 24 6-10 4-4 1 6 7 1 4 1 2 17 ANTHONY 13 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 BARKLEY 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 HARVEY 1 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-78 22-26 9 27 36 31 23 10 11 107 (.513) (.846) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

DENVER 16 25 31 19 - 91 PORTLAND 22 28 31 26 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ 2, ABDUL-WAHAD. PORTLAND - WALLACE 2, DAVIS 2, KEMP, WELLS, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 8-15 (.533), POSEY 2-6, LAFRENTZ 0-1, ABDUL-WAHAD 1-1, VAN EXEL 2-2, LENARD 2-3, MCCLOUD 1-2. PORTLAND 5-11 (.455), PIPPEN 1-2, WALLACE 0-1, SMITH 1-2, STOUDAMIRE 2-4, WELLS 1-1, ANTHONY 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - DELAY OF GAME. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, RON OLESIAK, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 19,996. T - 2:05.


Box Score

DENVER (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 24 4-8 6-6 4-10 0 5 14 Posey 26 3-10 0-0 2-4 5 2 8 Lafrentz 33 3-9 0-1 1-5 1 5 6 Abdul-wahad 21 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 5 Van Exel 35 8-15 5-6 0-3 5 2 23 Lenard 22 4-8 2-2 1-1 0 3 12 Mccloud 27 5-9 3-5 3-5 3 3 14 Clark 26 1-7 2-2 1-6 1 3 4 Davis 13 1-1 1-2 4-6 0 1 3 Pack 13 0-4 2-2 0-1 5 0 2 Murray DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-75 21-26 16-42 21 26 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (Posey 2-6, Lafrentz 0-1, Abdul-wahad 1-1, Van Exel 2-2, Lenard 2-3, Mccloud 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Lafrentz 2, Abdul-wahad). Turnovers: 21 (Mcdyess 6, Clark 4, Abdul-wahad 3, Lafrentz 2, Mccloud 2, Pack 2, Posey, Van Exel). Steals: 2 (Clark, Lenard).

PORTLAND (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Davis 33 6-10 5-6 3-8 1 2 17 Pippen 24 1-5 0-0 0-0 4 2 3 Wallace 41 7-10 1-2 2-10 6 2 15 Smith 26 6-11 4-4 0-2 0 2 17 Stoudamire 35 5-9 3-3 0-3 10 3 15 Augmon 21 2-5 0-2 1-3 3 1 4 Kemp 21 5-13 5-5 1-2 4 6 15 Wells 24 6-10 4-4 1-7 1 4 17 Anthony 13 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Barkley 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Harvey 1 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Perdue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-78 22-26 9-36 31 23 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Pippen 1-2, Wallace 0-1, Smith 1-2, Stoudamire 2-4, Wells 1-1, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Wallace 2, Davis 2, Kemp, Wells, Smith). Turnovers: 11 (Wallace 4, Pippen 2, Wells 2, Anthony, Augmon, Stoudamire). Steals: 10 (Wallace 4, Smith 2, Harvey, Kemp, Pippen, Wells). ____________________________________________ Denver 16 25 31 19 - 91 Portland 22 28 31 26 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Delay Of Game, 1:17 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,996. T: 2:05. Officials: Bill Spooner, Ron Olesiak, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Balance and unsurpassed depth are the reasons why the Portland Trail Blazers entered this season as a Western Conference power. Never were those traits more evident in this young season than tonight.

Bonzi Wells, Dale Davis and Steve Smith scored 17 points apiece to lead six players in double figures as the Trail Blazers used their starting five and dangerous bench to perfection in a 107-91 blowout of the overmatched Denver Nuggets.

Off to an uncharacteristically slow 2-3 start, the Blazers showed off the frightening talent that got them within 10 minutes of the NBA Finals last season.

"The first thing that jumps out at me are the 31 assists, the six guys in double figures and such good balance," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We had good ball movement and showed patience."

Rasheed Wallace, Damon Stoudamire and Shawn Kemp added 15 points apiece to the attack as the Blazers pulled ahead less than three minutes into play and never looked back.

"We are starting to jel a little bit," Wells said. "We are starting to flow the way we like it to be. Shawn and Dale are finding out what they like. We have to come and play together for 48 minutes."

"We shared the ball. I think that's the direction we need to go in," Kemp said. "We did a better job tonight sharing the ball and getting after it defensively early in the game. We set the tone that we would be an aggressive defensive team."

Protecting an 81-74 lead early in the fourth quarter, Portland blew open the game when Wells contributed six points to a 12-0 run that made it 93-74 with 7:02 to play.

Nick Van Exel scored 23 points and Antonio McDyess added 14 and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who beat Portland here on April 19 to keep the Blazers from their first 60-win season.

"Portland has great players and athletes," McDyess said. "Even though their record isn't good right now, we can't show up and beat them. They have big-time players and they made the big shots tonight. We knew we were in for a long night when Shawn Kemp and Davis were making jump shots early. They are a great team and in the end they will be tough."

Wallace grabbed 10 rebounds and Stoudamire handed out 10 assists for Portland, which shot 51 percent (40-of-78) and scored 26 points off turnovers. The Blazers' depth helped cover for a dreadful night by starting forward Scottie Pippen, who managed three points on 1-of-5 shooting with a pair of turnovers in 24 lackluster minutes.

"Tonight's game is a game that we can feel good about and hopefully we can continue to play this way," Pippen said. "We were finally able to come out and play 48 minutes of good basketball and take away the strengths of their team."

George McCloud scored 14 points and Voshon Lenard added 12 for Denver, which shot 41 percent (31-of-75) and held a 42-36 rebounding edge.

Tariq Abdul-Wahad's 3-pointer midway through the third quarter got the Nuggets within 64-62. But Wallace hit a 21-footer and Smith connected from 20 feet and made two free throws to open a 70-62 advantage with 3:16 left in the period.

Kemp hit two from the line, Wells drained a 3-pointer, Stoudamire hit a jumper and Wells completed a three-point play during the game's decisive run as Portland opened a 19-point cushion with just over seven minutes to play.

"We weren't playing worth crap," Van Exel said. "They looked like the same team to me. I don't think they did anything special to us. The end of the third (quarter) and the beginning of the fourth is when they made their run and put the game away."

Portland committed just 11 turnovers and outscored Denver, 48-22, in the paint, reaching 100 points for the first time this season.

Van Exel buried a jumper 3:20 into play, giving the Nuggets a 4-3 lead -- their final advantage of the night. Smith hit a 3-pointer on Portland's ensuing trip and the Blazers were on their way to their first back-to-back wins of the season.

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