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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 17 25 21 25 88 DENVER 20 27 19 25 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 17, LAMOND MURRAY 15, JIMMY JACKSON 14 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 20, NICK VAN EXEL 19, RAEF LAFRENTZ 15

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 12, CHRIS GATLING 10 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 16, JAMES POSEY 11

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 10, GEORGE MCCLOUD 5

ATT: 17,058


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (88) AT DENVER (91)

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

MURRAY F 30 6-17 1-4 3 6 9 1 4 0 1 15 WEATHERSPOON F 37 3-11 3-3 3 9 12 1 2 0 0 9 GATLING C 33 3-11 4-6 2 8 10 2 3 2 1 10 JACKSON G 29 5-15 4-5 0 2 2 2 3 0 2 14 MILLER G 33 7-13 3-3 1 3 4 6 0 2 3 17 C HENDERSON 18 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 2 A JOHNSON 15 3-10 2-2 2 2 4 2 4 0 0 8 TRAYLOR 26 1-6 1-4 3 4 7 0 3 2 1 3 LANGDON 19 2-3 4-4 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 10 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARPRING DNP - LEFT ANKLE SURGERY MIHM DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 31-90 22-31 14 36 50 14 25 7 8 88 (.344) (.710) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 42 8-18 4-8 3 13 16 2 3 0 0 20 POSEY F 30 3-7 0-0 2 9 11 3 0 1 2 6 LAFRENTZ C 32 6-10 2-4 1 6 7 1 2 2 0 15 LENARD G 29 2-9 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 6 VAN EXEL G 40 6-14 4-6 0 4 4 10 1 1 3 19 MCCLOUD 28 4-9 4-4 0 1 1 5 4 0 3 14 WILLIS 19 3-4 1-2 2 4 6 1 4 0 1 7 ABDUL-WAHAD 9 0-2 2-4 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 PACK 8 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 2 STRICKLAND 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BOWEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JOSEPH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-76 19-30 8 43 51 25 21 4 12 91 (.434) (.633) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

CLEVELAND 17 25 21 25 - 88 DENVER 20 27 19 25 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - WEATHERSPOON 3, JACKSON, GATLING, TRAYLOR. DENVER - MCDYESS 4, LAFRENTZ 2, POSEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 4-10 (.400), MURRAY 2-4, GATLING 0-1, JACKSON 0-2, MILLER 0-1, LANGDON 2-2. DENVER 6-18 (.333), POSEY 0-1, LAFRENTZ 1-2, LENARD 0-3, VAN EXEL 3-8, MCCLOUD 2-4. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - GATLING, DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, WILLIS. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, JIM CLARK, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 17,058. T - 2:10.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 30 6-17 1-4 3-9 1 4 15 Weatherspoon 37 3-11 3-3 3-12 1 2 9 Gatling 33 3-11 4-6 2-10 2 3 10 Jackson 29 5-15 4-5 0-2 2 3 14 Miller 33 7-13 3-3 1-4 6 0 17 C Henderson 18 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 A Johnson 15 3-10 2-2 2-4 2 4 8 Traylor 26 1-6 1-4 3-7 0 3 3 Langdon 19 2-3 4-4 0-1 0 3 10 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Harpring DNP - left ankle surgery Mihm DNP - bruised right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-90 22-31 14-50 14 25 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.344, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Murray 2-4, Gatling 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Miller 0-1, Langdon 2-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Weatherspoon 3, Jackson, Gatling, Traylor). Turnovers: 9 (Miller 3, Jackson 2, Gatling, Murray, Traylor). Steals: 7 (Gatling 2, Miller 2, Traylor 2, C Henderson).

DENVER (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 42 8-18 4-8 3-16 2 3 20 Posey 30 3-7 0-0 2-11 3 0 6 Lafrentz 32 6-10 2-4 1-7 1 2 15 Lenard 29 2-9 2-2 0-2 1 2 6 Van Exel 40 6-14 4-6 0-4 10 1 19 Mccloud 28 4-9 4-4 0-1 5 4 14 Willis 19 3-4 1-2 2-6 1 4 7 Abdul-wahad 9 0-2 2-4 0-2 0 1 2 Pack 8 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 3 2 Strickland 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Bowen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Joseph DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-76 19-30 8-51 25 21 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.633. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Posey 0-1, Lafrentz 1-2, Lenard 0-3, Van Exel 3-8, Mccloud 2-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Mcdyess 4, Lafrentz 2, Posey). Turnovers: 13 (Mccloud 3, Van Exel 3, Lenard 2, Posey 2, Pack, Willis). Steals: 4 (Lafrentz 2, Posey, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 17 25 21 25 - 88 Denver 20 27 19 25 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Gatling, 10:55 4th). Denver 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 7:41 3rd, 1:29 3rd; Willis, 10:55 4th). Flagrant fouls: Denver 1 (Willis, 10:40 4th). A: 17,058. T: 2:10. Officials: Dan Crawford, Jim Clark, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Antonio McDyess scored eight of his 20 points in the final five minutes to rally the surging Denver Nuggets to their ninth win in 10 games, a 91-88 victory over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.

McDyess made 8-of-18 shots, including his last four, and pulled down 16 rebounds for his 29th double-double of the season, and his 13th in the last 14 games.

Nick Van Exel scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to give the Nuggets a 91-88 lead. He is averaging 12.8 points in the fourth quarter over his last four games.

Lamond Murray and Jim Jackson both missed opportunities to tie the game on Cleveland's final posession.

"We didn't defend the last play well," Van Exel said. "Murray got a good look at the basket; he just missed it."

"I had a wide open shot to tie it," Jackson said. "They did a good job rotating on defense."

Despite playing ill, Van Exel finished with 19 points and dished out 10 assists for his 12th double-double of the season.

"He came to shootaround this morning with an extreme headache," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "He told me he was fine but he didn't look fine."

"I was really tired," Van Exel said. "I was really about 90 percent but I felt pretty good."

Denver was unbeaten on its four-game homestand and improved to 18-5 at the Pepsi Center this season.

"This was a nice win for us," Issel said. "It would have been a tough loss at home with the next nine out of 12 on the road."

George McCloud added 14 points for Denver, including two clutch free throws with 1:45 left put the Nuggets ahead for good.

Raef LaFrentz had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and James Posey grabbed 11 rebounds for Denver, which has won seven straight at home.

Andre Miller scored 17 points, including eight straight in the fourth quarter, for the Cavaliers, who have lost 13 of their last 16 games.

Murray finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Chris Gatling added 10 and 10 for the Cavs, who collected just 14 assists and shot 34 percent (31-of-90). Miller made 7-of-13 shots.

The Nuggets were held under 100 points for just the fifth time in their last 17 games.

"We struggle against teams like this because they won't run with us and they play physical," Issel said. "It's good to know that when we don't play good basketball, we can still win."

Cedric Henderson gave the Cavs their first lead of the fourth quarter, 70-68, on a layup with 9:50 left. Trajan Langdon sank a 3-pointer to equal Cleveland's biggest lead at 76-71 with 7:31 to go.

Van Exel responded with a 3-pointer of his own and, after Denver missed three consecutive shots and Cleveland committed two staright turnovers, hit a layup to tie the game with 5:49 left.

Miller scored four straight points to reclaim the lead for the Cavaliers and Van Exel sank 1-of-2 free throws to bring Denver within 80-77.

After McDyess and Miller each scored four straight for their respective teams, Posey converted a layup to bring Denver within 84-83.

Weatherspoon and McDyess traded slam dunks, Murray missed a jumper and McCloud was fouled on the other end and went to the line to attempt the key free throws.

The Nuggets led 66-63 going into the fourth quarter, but Anthony Johnson nailed a 15-foot jump shot to tie the game, 68-68, with 10:32 to go.

Denver missed its first six shots of the fourth quarter but hit seven of its last 12 shots down the stretch.

The Cavaliers trailed 47-42 at halftime and shot just 30 percent in the first half, but grabbed 10 offensive rebounds to keep it close.

The Nuggets opened the game on an 8-2 run but never led by more than six the rest of the way.

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