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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 25 26 26 30 107 LA LAKERS 25 25 23 18 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - VOSHON LENARD 29, JAMES POSEY 23, TWO PLAYERS WITH 17 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 40, KOBE BRYANT 15, DEREK FISHER 8

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - JAMES POSEY 8, ZENDON HAMILTON 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 12, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

DENVER (107) AT LA LAKERS (91)

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

CHEANEY F 28 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 4 6 HAMILTON F 30 6-11 5-8 1 7 8 1 3 3 2 17 LAFRENTZ C 30 4-9 0-0 1 5 6 2 6 2 1 8 POSEY G 35 8-13 3-4 1 7 8 2 6 1 2 23 VAN EXEL G 38 6-13 2-2 1 2 3 12 0 1 3 17 BOWEN 31 0-3 0-2 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 ANDERSEN 11 2-2 1-2 2 2 4 0 2 1 1 5 JOHNSON 10 1-3 0-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 2 LENARD 26 9-11 8-11 0 4 4 2 0 0 1 29 SATTERFIELD 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 G MCCLOUD DNP - STRAINED LEFT CALF WILLIAMS DNP - SORE LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 39-69 19-31 7 32 39 22 22 9 17 107 (.565) (.613) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(13 PTS)

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

FOX F 32 3-9 1-2 2 3 5 4 5 2 1 7 WALKER F 19 3-5 0-0 3 4 7 0 3 0 3 6 ONEAL C 39 17-22 6-9 5 6 11 5 1 1 1 40 BRYANT G 39 6-14 3-3 0 7 7 6 4 2 5 15 FISHER G 30 3-12 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 8 MADSEN 20 1-4 3-6 3 1 4 0 1 1 1 5 HUNTER 18 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 GEORGE 16 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 2 RICHMOND 5 0-2 1-1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 HORRY 16 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 4 SHAW 6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-82 14-21 14 23 37 23 26 11 16 91 (.451) (.667) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

DENVER 25 26 26 30 - 107 LA LAKERS 25 25 23 18 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ, LENARD, POSEY, BOWEN. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, HORRY, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 10-17 (.588), LAFRENTZ 0-2, POSEY 4-6, VAN EXEL 3-6, LENARD 3-3. LA LAKERS 3-22 (.136), FOX 0-5, BRYANT 0-2, FISHER 2-9, HUNTER 0-2, RICHMOND 0-1, SHAW 1-3. TECHNICALS: DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE, LENARD. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, RODNEY MOTT, GREG WILLARD. A - 18,997. T - 2:13.


Box Score

DENVER (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cheaney 28 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 3 6 Hamilton 30 6-11 5-8 1-8 1 3 17 Lafrentz 30 4-9 0-0 1-6 2 6 8 Posey 35 8-13 3-4 1-8 2 6 23 Van Exel 38 6-13 2-2 1-3 12 0 17 Bowen 31 0-3 0-2 0-4 0 1 0 Andersen 11 2-2 1-2 2-4 0 2 5 Johnson 10 1-3 0-2 1-1 1 1 2 Lenard 26 9-11 8-11 0-4 2 0 29 Satterfield 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 G Mccloud DNP - strained left calf Williams DNP - sore lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-69 19-31 7-39 22 22 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.565, FT-.613. 3-Point Goals: 10-17, .588 (Lafrentz 0-2, Posey 4-6, Van Exel 3-6, Lenard 3-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Lafrentz, Lenard, Posey, Bowen). Turnovers: 17 (Cheaney 4, Johnson 3, Van Exel 3, Hamilton 2, Posey 2, Andersen, Lafrentz, Lenard). Steals: 9 (Hamilton 3, Lafrentz 2, Andersen, Bowen, Posey, Van Exel).

LA LAKERS (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 32 3-9 1-2 2-5 4 5 7 Walker 19 3-5 0-0 3-7 0 3 6 Oneal 39 17-22 6-9 5-11 5 1 40 Bryant 39 6-14 3-3 0-7 6 4 15 Fisher 30 3-12 0-0 0-0 2 2 8 Madsen 20 1-4 3-6 3-4 0 1 5 Hunter 18 0-4 0-0 0-0 5 0 0 George 16 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Richmond 5 0-2 1-1 0-0 0 3 1 Horry 16 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 Shaw 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 Medvedenko DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 14-21 14-37 23 26 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-22, .136 (Fox 0-5, Bryant 0-2, Fisher 2-9, Hunter 0-2, Richmond 0-1, Shaw 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Oneal 2, Horry, Walker). Turnovers: 16 (Bryant 5, Walker 3, Fisher 2, George 2, Fox, Hunter, Madsen, Oneal). Steals: 11 (Bryant 2, Fisher 2, Fox 2, George, Horry, Madsen, Oneal, Richmond). ____________________________________________ Denver 25 26 26 30 - 107 La Lakers 25 25 23 18 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 2 (Defensive Three, 11:04 2nd; Lenard, 6:33 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:13. Officials: Jim Clark, Rodney Mott, Greg Willard.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Voshon Lenard led the Denver Nuggets' strong shooting display as the Los Angeles Lakers once again played down to the level of their competition.

Lenard came off the bench to score a season-high 29 points on 9-of-11 shooting and James Posey contributed 23 as the Nuggets emphatically ended their 14-game road losing streak with a 107-91 triumph over the reigning NBA champion Lakers.

Lenard's first miss came with eight minutes left as the Nuggets shot 56.5 percent (39-of-69) from the field and beat Los Angeles for the first time in the last five meetings.

"We had to make shots and we're not a very good shooting team overall when you look at the statistics," Nuggets coach Mike Evans said. "Tonight was just a situation where we needed a win and the stars were aligned properly and the ball went in the basket."

The Lakers entered the game leading the league in opponents' field-goal percentage at 41.5.

Posey made four 3-pointers as Denver made 10-of-17 shots from beyond the arc. Lenard sank all three of his 3-point attempts.

"We were about due for a win," Lenard said. "You wouldn't have expected it to come from a great team like the Lakers. ... We came out and we really didn't have anything to lose."

Shaquille O'Neal had 40 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the Lakers. He had played just six games this month.

"We laid back and watch Shaq perform," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

The superstar center served a three-game suspension for a fight, was on the injured list for five games with an aching toe and was out of town over the weekend to attend his grandmother's funeral.

The Lakers fell to their fifth last-place team this season as the Nuggets entered the contest in a tie in the cellar of the Midwest Division.

Since starting the campaign with 17 wins in its first 20 games, Los Angeles has lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.

"I haven't ever experienced that kind of situation," Jackson said. "There's a certain way that we're going to have to attack these games. We're going to have to bring a little more enthusiasm into the game."

Holding last place in the Midwest Division, the Grizzlies beat the two-time defending NBA champions on December 21 for just the second time in 24 all-time meetings. Five days later, the Lakers fell to the Warriors after having won four straight and 21 of the previous 25 meetings with their Pacific Division foes.

The Lakers lost to the bottom teams in Central and Atlantic Divisions during a five-day span this month.

O'Neal was ejected for throwing punches on January 12, when Los Angeles fell in overtime to the league-worst Bulls. The Heat ended their NBA record streak of 35 games without scoring 100 points last Wednesday in their victory at Staples Center.

Former Laker Nick Van Exel, who had 17 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets, said he recognized early that Los Angeles was ripe for an upset.

"You could tell something was going to happen," Van Exel said. "The crowd wasn't as hyped and I just had a good feeling at the beginning of the game. They just didn't have a chance to get it going all night."

Kobe Bryant struggled mightily down the stretch as the Lakers shot just 32 percent (6-of-19) during the fourth quarter and were outscored by the Nuggets, 30-18.

Bryant finished with 15 points.

After making the first basket of the period to cut the Lakers' deficit to 77-75, Bryant missed his next four shots.

Robert Horry scored for Los Angeles just over a minute into the final period to knot the contest, 77-77. But the Nuggets embarked upon a 15-2 run over the next 5 1/2 minutes and the Lakers failed to hit again from the field until there was just 4:39 remaining.

The 23-year-old Bryant fouled Lenard with 9:17 left and the Nuggets guard converted the ensuing three-point play to open an 82-77 cushion.

"It's a game we should have won," Bryant said. "They came back, hit some big shots that really hurt us."

About 90 seconds after picking up his fourth foul, a frustrated Bryant committed a pair of turnovers in quick succession midway through the period. That prompted Jackson to replace him with veteran Rick Fox.

"He was having trouble out there on the floor," Jackson said. "Things weren't going right for him. Defensively, he's having trouble out there. So, we just gave him a little break. I have no fault with Kobe."

"I wanted to play," Bryant said. "It's always upsetting to me. I want to play 48 minutes, 82 games a season. But it's not really a big deal."

Bryant returned with two minutes left. But all he could do was watch Posey hit his second free throw and give the Nuggets a 100-88 lead.

"We didn't want to go home without any wins," Posey said regarding the Nuggets' three-game swing. "So we just said, 'Hey, got to do it tonight. This is our last chance.'"

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