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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 32 21 26 22 101 DENVER 33 15 27 23 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 29, JUWAN HOWARD 21, RICHARD HAMILTON 18 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 29, RAEF LAFRENTZ 17, NICK VAN EXEL 16

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 11, ANTONIO MCDYESS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - CHRIS WHITNEY 8, RICHARD HAMILTON 6 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 15, VOSHON LENARD 6

ATT: 15,961


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (101) AT DENVER (98)

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

HOWARD F 40 8-21 5-6 6 2 8 5 5 1 2 21 RICHMOND F 41 11-16 5-7 0 5 5 1 3 1 3 29 J WHITE C 17 3-4 1-2 1 6 7 0 0 0 0 7 HAMILTON G 42 7-19 4-4 0 3 3 6 0 1 2 18 C WHITNEY G 36 5-7 3-3 1 3 4 8 4 0 4 16 P JONES 18 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 0 4 1 1 2 NESBY 21 1-7 2-2 2 1 3 0 1 2 0 4 MICHAEL SMITH 21 2-3 0-0 2 5 7 0 2 0 0 4 KING 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 LOPEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - SORE HAMSTRINGS EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-81 20-24 14 28 42 20 20 6 13 101 (.469) (.833) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 31 12-20 5-6 4 5 9 2 4 0 0 29 POSEY F 27 3-4 2-2 2 5 7 1 4 0 2 8 LAFRENTZ C 36 7-17 3-3 5 6 11 2 4 0 0 17 LENARD G 32 5-9 1-2 0 3 3 6 2 1 2 13 VAN EXEL G 43 6-17 2-2 0 2 2 15 1 1 5 16 WILLIS 19 2-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 4 MCCLOUD 26 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 STRICKLAND 10 1-3 2-4 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 PACK 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 BOWEN 11 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 4 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - COACH'S DECISION GOLDWIRE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-83 16-21 14 28 42 29 20 4 12 98 (.470) (.762) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

WASHINGTON 32 21 26 22 - 101 DENVER 33 15 27 23 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - MICHAEL SMITH 2, P JONES, J WHITE. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 4, POSEY 3, MCDYESS 2, MCCLOUD 2, BOWEN, WILLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-10 (.500), RICHMOND 2-3, HAMILTON 0-1, C WHITNEY 3-5, NESBY 0-1. DENVER 4-14 (.286), POSEY 0-1, LAFRENTZ 0-1, LENARD 2-5, VAN EXEL 2-6, MCCLOUD 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, MIKE CALLAHAN, SCOTT WALL. A - 15,961. T - 2:08.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 40 8-21 5-6 6-8 5 5 21 Richmond 41 11-16 5-7 0-5 1 3 29 J White 17 3-4 1-2 1-7 0 0 7 Hamilton 42 7-19 4-4 0-3 6 0 18 C Whitney 36 5-7 3-3 1-4 8 4 16 P Jones 18 1-4 0-0 2-5 0 4 2 Nesby 21 1-7 2-2 2-3 0 1 4 Michael Smith 21 2-3 0-0 2-7 0 2 4 King 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Lopez DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - sore hamstrings Ekezie DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 20-24 14-42 20 20 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Richmond 2-3, Hamilton 0-1, C Whitney 3-5, Nesby 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Michael Smith 2, P Jones, J White). Turnovers: 14 (C Whitney 4, Richmond 3, Hamilton 2, Howard 2, King, P Jones). Steals: 6 (Nesby 2, Hamilton, Howard, P Jones, Richmond).

DENVER (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 31 12-20 5-6 4-9 2 4 29 Posey 27 3-4 2-2 2-7 1 4 8 Lafrentz 36 7-17 3-3 5-11 2 4 17 Lenard 32 5-9 1-2 0-3 6 2 13 Van Exel 43 6-17 2-2 0-2 15 1 16 Willis 19 2-7 0-0 1-4 0 2 4 Mccloud 26 0-1 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 Strickland 10 1-3 2-4 1-1 1 0 4 Pack 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Bowen 11 2-2 0-0 1-3 1 2 4 Abdul-wahad DNP - coach's decision Goldwire DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-83 16-21 14-42 29 20 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Posey 0-1, Lafrentz 0-1, Lenard 2-5, Van Exel 2-6, Mccloud 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 13 (Lafrentz 4, Posey 3, Mcdyess 2, Mccloud 2, Bowen, Willis). Turnovers: 12 (Van Exel 5, Lenard 2, Posey 2, Mccloud, Pack, Willis). Steals: 4 (Bowen, Lenard, Mccloud, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Washington 32 21 26 22 - 101 Denver 33 15 27 23 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,961. T: 2:08. Officials: Jess Kersey, Mike Callahan, Scott Wall.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Playing for the Washington Wizards, Mitch Richmond has not received many opportunities to win games. But when given the chance, the six-time All-Star can still hit clutch shots.

Richmond scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half, including a fallaway jumper with 5.8 seconds to play, giving the Wizards a 101-98 victory over the slumping Denver Nuggets.

"It was a great shot. I made a tough shot down the stretch," Richmond said. "Nick (Van Exel) switched on me and I knew I had the height advantage. I made a little room for myself and I hit it. It's good to be in a situation and make that shot at the end. We ran that play a couple times before that and that time it just happened to work out for us."

The Wizards held a 99-98 edge when Richmond drove from the right sideline before pulling back and sinking a 13-footer. After a timeout, the Nuggets inbounded the ball but Van Exel's leaning 3-pointer from the top of the arc bounced off the rim.

"The season is not over, but it's close to being over if we don't start winning these games," Van Exel said. "We have to win these games against teams like Washington at home and beat anybody we can on the road."

Richmond made 11-of-16 shots, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, as the Wizards ended a six-game skid.

The 35-year-old Richmond made the All-Star team each year from 1993-98 when he was with the Sacramento Kings, but has been to the postseason in just three of his 12 NBA seasons. Richmond was sent to Washington along with Otis Thorpe in exchange for superstar forward Chris Webber on May 14, 1998.

Juwan Howard had 21 points and eight rebounds and Richard Hamilton added 18 points for Washington, which shot 47 percent (38-of-81) and posted its fourth straight win at Denver.

Antonio McDyess had 29 points and nine rebounds and Raef LaFrentz added 17 and 11 for Denver, which lost for just the second time in its last 12 home games.

"I didn't think there was anything there tonight," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "We were supposed to be the fresh team since they played in Dallas last night and had to travel. But we looked like the team that traveled. I don't know if we're not in shape or if we just weren't ready to play but we didn't do a good job of getting ready to play."

Howard scored 15 points in the first half when the Wizards shot 50 percent (19-of-38) and held a 53-48 lead.

"I felt our guys did a nice job executing," Washington coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We got some good looks and we were fortunate enough to make some baskets. We were very focused and got back on defense and maintained poise when they made their runs."

Denver used a 12-4 surge to grab a 66-64 edge when Voshon Lenard made a 3-pointer with 5:28 left in the third period. Hamilton answered with a layup and Richmond followed with a fast-break basket and a three-point play to give the Wizards a 71-66 lead with 4:24 to go.

Washington took a 79-74 lead into the fourth period when Tyrone Nesby sank a pair of free throws to open the quarter. Denver tied the score, 83-83, when Kevin Willis dunked with 9:32 remaining. Chris Whitney, who had 16 points and eight assists, drove for a layup to give the Wizards an 85-83 edge 19 seconds later.

Howard and Van Exel exchanged layups before Whitney sank a 3-pointer to give Washington a 90-85 advantage with 6:36 to go. Denver scored six straight points to take its final lead, 91-90, when McDyess made two free throws with 5:01 left. Michael Smith's layup gave the Wizards the lead for good 23 seconds later.

Washington pushed the lead to 99-93 when Richmond hit an 18-footer with 2:29 remaining. McDyess took a pass from Lenard and dunked to trim the deficit to 99-95. Denver's defense prevented Washington from getting a shot off and McDyess made 1-of-2 free throws with 54 seconds to go, cutting the deficit to 99-96. McDyess dunked again with 27 seconds left, but Richmond answered with his fallaway jumper.

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