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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 29 25 29 15 98 DENVER 24 26 26 30 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 27, RODNEY ROGERS 18, PENNY HARDAWAY 16 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 24, VOSHON LENARD 19, RAEF LAFRENTZ 19

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - SHAWN MARION 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 DEN - VOSHON LENARD 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - PENNY HARDAWAY 9, STEPHON MARBURY 4 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 13,593


Extended Box

PHOENIX (98) AT DENVER (106)

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

SH MARION F 45 4-11 2-2 3 6 9 0 3 3 0 10 ROGERS F 38 9-18 0-0 3 2 5 1 4 0 1 18 TSAKALIDIS C 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 HARDAWAY G 45 5-18 6-8 3 5 8 9 3 0 1 16 ST MARBURY G 40 10-19 4-5 2 1 3 4 4 0 5 27 OUTLAW 26 0-4 1-4 3 2 5 3 4 1 2 1 T DELK 16 5-8 3-3 0 7 7 1 1 1 2 13 WALLACE 6 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 VOSKUHL 15 4-8 3-5 5 3 8 0 3 0 1 11 FORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION GUGLIOTTA DNP - LEFT QUADRICEP STRAIN MAJERLE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-91 19-27 20 27 47 18 22 7 13 98 (.418) (.704) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

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

POSEY F 36 3-10 6-6 3 5 8 4 3 0 0 14 LAFRENTZ F 37 8-13 1-2 3 5 8 1 4 0 1 19 SCOTT C 6 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 LENARD G 37 8-17 2-2 2 7 9 4 1 2 2 19 VAN EXEL G 40 8-21 5-8 1 1 2 10 2 2 3 24 WILLIAMS 13 4-6 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 8 G MCCLOUD 17 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 3 4 JOHNSON 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 BOWEN 21 3-7 0-0 3 0 3 0 5 1 1 6 CHEANEY 22 5-7 0-2 2 5 7 1 4 0 3 10 HAMILTON 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 SATTERFIELD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-88 16-22 17 30 47 26 23 5 14 106 (.466) (.727) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

PHOENIX 29 25 29 15 - 98 DENVER 24 26 26 30 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - SH MARION 3, HARDAWAY, OUTLAW. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 4, POSEY, WILLIAMS, BOWEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 3-12 (.250), SH MARION 0-1, ROGERS 0-3, HARDAWAY 0-2, ST MARBURY 3-5, T DELK 0-1. DENVER 8-18 (.444), POSEY 2-3, LAFRENTZ 2-4, LENARD 1-3, VAN EXEL 3-7, G MCCLOUD 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - DEFENSIVE THREE, DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, KEN MAUER, JOE HENDERSON. A - 13,593. T - 2:13.


Box Score

PHOENIX (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sh Marion 45 4-11 2-2 3-9 0 3 10 Rogers 38 9-18 0-0 3-5 1 4 18 Tsakalidis 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Hardaway 45 5-18 6-8 3-8 9 3 16 St Marbury 40 10-19 4-5 2-3 4 4 27 Outlaw 26 0-4 1-4 3-5 3 4 1 T Delk 16 5-8 3-3 0-7 1 1 13 Wallace 6 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Voskuhl 15 4-8 3-5 5-8 0 3 11 Ford DNP - coach's decision Gugliotta DNP - left quadricep strain Majerle DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-91 19-27 20-47 18 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Sh Marion 0-1, Rogers 0-3, Hardaway 0-2, St Marbury 3-5, T Delk 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Sh Marion 3, Hardaway, Outlaw). Turnovers: 14 (St Marbury 5, Outlaw 2, T Delk 2, Hardaway, Rogers, Tsakalidis, Voskuhl). Steals: 7 (Sh Marion 3, Wallace 2, Outlaw, T Delk).

DENVER (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Posey 36 3-10 6-6 3-8 4 3 14 Lafrentz 37 8-13 1-2 3-8 1 4 19 Scott 6 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Lenard 37 8-17 2-2 2-9 4 1 19 Van Exel 40 8-21 5-8 1-2 10 2 24 Williams 13 4-6 0-0 2-5 0 1 8 G Mccloud 17 1-4 2-2 0-2 3 1 4 Johnson 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 Bowen 21 3-7 0-0 3-3 0 5 6 Cheaney 22 5-7 0-2 2-7 1 4 10 Hamilton 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Satterfield DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-88 16-22 17-47 26 23 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Posey 2-3, Lafrentz 2-4, Lenard 1-3, Van Exel 3-7, G Mccloud 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Lafrentz 4, Posey, Williams, Bowen). Turnovers: 15 (Cheaney 3, G Mccloud 3, Van Exel 3, Lenard 2, Bowen, Johnson, Lafrentz). Steals: 5 (Lenard 2, Van Exel 2, Bowen). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 29 25 29 15 - 98 Denver 24 26 26 30 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Defensive Three, 8:41 2nd). Denver 1 (Defensive Three, 11:24 4th). Flagrant fouls: Denver 1 (Lafrentz, 1:28 2nd). A: 13,593. T: 2:13. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Ken Mauer, Joe Henderson.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- At this rate, the Denver Nuggets will not be in any hurry to welcome back coach Dan Issel.

The Nuggets rallied for a 106-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns, erasing a 12-point deficit with a 24-4 run over the final seven minutes.

Denver improved to 2-0 under assistant Mike Evans, who is coaching the team while Issel serves a four-game suspension imposed by the club for an obscenity-laced ethnic slur directed at a fan following a loss Tuesday.

"We had energy and we had focus tonight," Evans said. "This was an effort win for us. They have a lot of weapons on this team and I felt if we could keep it close with five minutes to go, we could win."

Prior to the suspension, the Nuggets had lost a season-high five straight games. But Denver snapped the losing streak with an 89-86 victory over Memphis on Thursday.

"It was very similiar to our last game with Denver," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "We had trouble stopping them. We broke down defensively. They got the momentum with a few minutes to go and we didn't react well to it."

Denver opened the season with a 99-96 victory at Phoenix on October 30.

"Early in the season, we beat Phoenix in Phoenix, so we knew we could win the game," Evans said.

The Suns appeared to be in control, opening a 94-82 lead with seven minutes left. Nick Van Exel sparked the Nuggets by scoring 11 of his 24 points in the fourth period.

"We dug deep tonight and we didn't give up," Van Exel said. "Our energy has been there, especially in the fourth quarter tonight. We need it for four quarters, not just one."

Stephon Marbury scored 27 points for Phoenix but was blanked in the fourth period, when the Suns were outscored, 30-15.

"We had a big effort in the fourth quarter, especially when we contained Marbury," Van Exel added. "We tried to take the ball out of his hands and make someone else try to beat us."

Van Exel tied the contest, 96-96, with a pair of free throws with 2:22 left, then hit a 3-pointer to give Denver the lead for good with 1:47 to play.

"Nick Van Exel can hit those big shots," Skiles said. "He's fearless out there and can make the big play."

After Penny Hardaway's driving layup pulled Phoenix within one, Van Exel hit another jumper to make it 101-98 with 1:01 left. Voshon Lenard delivered the back-breaker, drilling a 3-pointer from deep in the left corner to extend the advantage to 104-98 with 29 seconds to go.

Lenard was asked if he and Van Exel tried to take over the game in the fourth quarter.

"We're just trying to work to get on the same page as a team," said Lenard, who scored 19 points. "We're trying to get everyone involved in the game."

Rodney Rogers added 18 for Phoenix, which took an 83-76 lead into the fourth quarter.

"We let this one get away," Marbury said. "I think we got complacent with the big lead we had. We got kind of lax. Our defense at the beginning of the game was well-executed but our defense at the end was poor."

Raef LaFrentz also scored 19 points for the Nuggets, who shot 47 percent (41-of-88) from the field, their best total in 10 games.

Van Exel had 10 assists for his third straight double-double and fourth of the season.

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