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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 21 30 25 26 102 SAN ANTONIO 24 31 23 18 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 28, ANTONIO MCDYESS 19, NICK VAN EXEL 18 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 23, TIM DUNCAN 17, ANTONIO DANIELS 12

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 13, ANTONIO MCDYESS 12 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 12, MALIK ROSE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 11, ROBERT PACK 6 SAS - ANTONIO DANIELS 6, TIM DUNCAN 4

ATT: 15,248


Extended Box

DENVER (102) AT SAN ANTONIO (96)

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

MCDYESS F 38 6-16 7-8 3 9 12 1 3 2 2 19 POSEY F 26 1-3 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 4 LAFRENTZ C 39 10-15 5-6 1 12 13 2 2 3 1 28 LENARD G 31 2-10 2-2 1 2 3 2 4 0 2 8 VAN EXEL G 37 6-17 3-4 1 3 4 11 1 1 2 18 CLARK 15 1-3 6-6 4 2 6 0 4 0 2 8 BOWEN 16 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 2 PACK 14 0-3 2-2 0 2 2 6 2 2 1 2 MCCLOUD 20 6-12 1-1 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 13 STRICKLAND 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - FLU MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-83 28-31 10 36 46 22 23 10 11 102 (.398) (.903) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(9 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 35 7-14 2-2 0 8 8 4 5 0 3 17 S ELLIOTT F 25 2-11 0-0 0 6 6 0 1 0 3 4 ROBINSON C 36 10-16 3-7 5 7 12 1 3 2 6 23 ANDERSON G 31 2-6 7-8 0 2 2 3 3 0 0 11 DANIELS G 37 5-12 1-2 0 4 4 6 4 0 1 12 FERRY 23 3-4 0-1 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 9 ROSE 25 2-6 2-4 3 6 9 3 3 1 0 6 S KERR 15 1-4 3-3 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 6 PORTER 13 2-5 3-4 0 0 0 3 2 2 0 8 DIAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION NEWBLE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-78 21-31 9 37 46 22 25 5 15 96 (.436) (.677) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(22 PTS)

DENVER 21 30 25 26 - 102 SAN ANTONIO 24 31 23 18 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ 3, CLARK 2, POSEY, MCDYESS. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 3, DUNCAN 2, DANIELS 2, ROSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 8-19 (.421), LAFRENTZ 3-4, LENARD 2-6, VAN EXEL 3-6, BOWEN 0-1, MCCLOUD 0-2. SAN ANTONIO 7-16 (.438), DUNCAN 1-1, S ELLIOTT 0-4, ANDERSON 0-1, DANIELS 1-4, FERRY 3-3, S KERR 1-1, PORTER 1-2. TECHNICALS: DENVER - VAN EXEL, PACK. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, RON OLESIAK, MARC DAVIS. A - 15,248. T - 2:13.


Box Score

DENVER (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 38 6-16 7-8 3-12 1 3 19 Posey 26 1-3 2-2 0-3 0 1 4 Lafrentz 39 10-15 5-6 1-13 2 2 28 Lenard 31 2-10 2-2 1-3 2 4 8 Van Exel 37 6-17 3-4 1-4 11 1 18 Clark 15 1-3 6-6 4-6 0 4 8 Bowen 16 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Pack 14 0-3 2-2 0-2 6 2 2 Mccloud 20 6-12 1-1 0-1 0 1 13 Strickland 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Abdul-wahad DNP - flu Murray DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-83 28-31 10-46 22 23 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.903. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Lafrentz 3-4, Lenard 2-6, Van Exel 3-6, Bowen 0-1, Mccloud 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Lafrentz 3, Clark 2, Posey, Mcdyess). Turnovers: 11 (Clark 2, Lenard 2, Mcdyess 2, Van Exel 2, Lafrentz, Pack, Posey). Steals: 10 (Lafrentz 3, Mccloud 2, Mcdyess 2, Pack 2, Van Exel).

SAN ANTONIO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 35 7-14 2-2 0-8 4 5 17 S Elliott 25 2-11 0-0 0-6 0 1 4 Robinson 36 10-16 3-7 5-12 1 3 23 Anderson 31 2-6 7-8 0-2 3 3 11 Daniels 37 5-12 1-2 0-4 6 4 12 Ferry 23 3-4 0-1 1-3 0 2 9 Rose 25 2-6 2-4 3-9 3 3 6 S Kerr 15 1-4 3-3 0-2 2 2 6 Porter 13 2-5 3-4 0-0 3 2 8 Dial DNP - coach's decision Newble DNP - coach's decision Walker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 21-31 9-46 22 25 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.677. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Duncan 1-1, S Elliott 0-4, Anderson 0-1, Daniels 1-4, Ferry 3-3, S Kerr 1-1, Porter 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Robinson 3, Duncan 2, Daniels 2, Rose). Turnovers: 15 (Robinson 6, Duncan 3, S Elliott 3, Ferry 2, Daniels). Steals: 5 (Porter 2, Robinson 2, Rose). ____________________________________________ Denver 21 30 25 26 - 102 San Antonio 24 31 23 18 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 2 (Van Exel, 3:46 3rd; Pack, 1:35 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,248. T: 2:13. Officials: Luis Grillo, Ron Olesiak, Marc Davis.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Raef LaFrentz's poor shooting nearly caused a mutiny. But tonight at the Alamodome, he got embattled Denver Nuggets coach Dan Issel and his team a much-needed win.

LaFrentz bounced back from two scoreless performances with a season-high 28 points, 13 rebounds and the winning 3-pointer with 48 seconds to play as the Nuggets came together for a 102-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

It was an 0-for-7, five-foul performance that caused Issel to verbally lambast LaFrentz after Sunday's 104-102 loss at Boston. The Nuggets were upset that the 6-11, 240-pound forward was singled out for his poor play and the team did not show up for Monday's practice.

On Tuesday, the Nuggets apologized to Issel but suffered a 96-85 setback against Miami and LaFrentz again was stone cold, misfiring on all four of his shots.

Tonight was different for the third-year power forward. He knocked down 10-of-15 shots and 5-of-6 free throws.

"Seeing that first shot go in, one shot has never meant so much to me my whole career," LaFrentz said. "I felt good about my release tonight."

"That's the whole key," Issel said. "When Raef hits the outside shot and you have to cover him, that opens up the middle to go to the basket. When he's not hitting the outside shot, then they lay off and you can't get to the basket."

With Denver trailing, 96-95, and 1:23 left, LaFrentz grabbed a rebound of Sean Elliott's miss and rushed to the other end, where Nick Van Exel fed him for a 23-footer from the right corner that put Denver ahead for good.

LaFrentz grabbed two rebounds and made three throws down the stretch as Denver won for the first time since a 105-98 triumph over Philadelphia on December 4. The Nuggets also snapped a three-game road losing streak.

"I think our relationship has healed a great deal," LaFrentz said of Issel. "The mistake that we made as a team and that Dan made was a lack of communication. The whole thing got blown out of proportion. It's over now."

"I thought this was probably the best game we've had all year playing as a team," Issel said. "We helped out each other on defense, we passed the ball well, we played hard. As far as playing as a team, this is the best game we've had."

The Spurs fell to 9-2 at home.

Antonio McDyess had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Van Exel finished with 18 and 11 assists for the Nuggets, who had lost nine of their previous 11 road games.

David Robinson had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Tim Duncan added 17 and eight for the Spurs, who yielded 22 points off turnovers and shot 44 percent (34-of-78).

"This is a tough loss," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "We were just unfortunate to give up 22 points on turnovers. We also didn't shoot well from the floor or from the free-throw line (21-of-31)."

San Antonio led 78-76 entering the fourth quarter but had to battle its way through four ties before Derek Anderson's free throws with 4:05 left gave it a 92-91 lead. Anderson made two more from the line with 3:05 left before Van Exel answered with two free throws.

The teams exchanged a pair of empty possessions before Anderson went in for a layup to give San Antonio a 96-93 lead with 1:42 to go.

But Van Exel drove the lane for two points before LaFrentz took control in crunch time.

"It's very frustrating," Anderson said. "We play some good defense, then have a 10- or 12-minute lapse. It's tough playing against big guys who can shoot like they can."

George McCloud scored 13 points off the bench for Denver, which shot 40 percent (33-of-83) and yielded just nine points off turnovers.

Antonio Daniels, starting for injured point guard Avery Johnson, scored 12 points and Anderson finished with 11 for the Spurs.

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