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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 24 23 24 29 100 MEMPHIS 25 19 26 15 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 23, AVERY JOHNSON 16, GEORGE MCCLOUD 16 MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 20, PAU GASOL 19, SHANE BATTIER 13

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 MEM - PAU GASOL 11, SHANE BATTIER 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - AVERY JOHNSON 11, CALBERT CHEANEY 5 MEM - WILL SOLOMON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 12,867


Extended Box

DENVER (100) AT MEMPHIS (85)

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

CHEANEY F 26 4-5 0-2 1 1 2 5 3 1 0 8 HAMILTON F 18 2-3 4-4 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 8 LAFRENTZ C 38 8-21 2-2 3 6 9 1 1 0 0 23 JOHNSON G 39 6-12 4-5 1 1 2 11 1 1 5 16 POSEY G 20 1-8 0-1 0 3 3 2 4 1 0 2 BOWEN 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 SATTERFIELD 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 2 G MCCLOUD 28 6-10 0-1 0 5 5 1 2 2 1 16 LENARD 25 6-13 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 13 ANDERSEN 8 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 1 0 0 ABDUL-WAHAD 20 6-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 6 4 1 12 VAN EXEL DNP - ELBOW INFLAMMATION

TOTALS 240 40-82 10-15 10 24 34 23 28 12 11 100 (.488) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

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

GASOL F 36 6-12 7-9 6 5 11 5 2 0 4 19 LONG F 44 5-9 0-0 0 5 5 5 0 0 1 10 MASSENBURG C 12 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 BATTIER G 43 6-13 1-6 2 6 8 4 2 1 1 13 SOLOMON G 36 3-11 2-3 0 5 5 7 2 3 2 8 WRIGHT 23 8-13 4-6 3 2 5 1 1 1 0 20 SWIFT 16 0-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 4 2 PERRY 22 3-3 1-2 0 3 3 3 2 1 4 7 FOTSIS 8 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 BUFORD DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE KNIGHT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE WILLIAMS DNP - TOE SURGERY

TOTALS 240 34-71 17-28 14 29 43 25 12 6 17 85 (.479) (.607) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(26 PTS)

DENVER 24 23 24 29 - 100 MEMPHIS 25 19 26 15 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ 5, LENARD, CHEANEY, ANDERSEN, ABDUL-WAHAD. MEMPHIS - BATTIER 3, SWIFT 2, SOLOMON, GASOL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 10-18 (.556), LAFRENTZ 5-8, POSEY 0-3, G MCCLOUD 4-5, LENARD 1-2. MEMPHIS 0-6 (.000), BATTIER 0-2, SOLOMON 0-4. TECHNICALS: DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE, MEMPHIS - SOLOMON, GASOL. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, TOM WASHINGTON, MARC DAVIS. A - 12,867. T - 2:10.


Box Score

DENVER (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cheaney 26 4-5 0-2 1-2 5 3 8 Hamilton 18 2-3 4-4 2-5 0 2 8 Lafrentz 38 8-21 2-2 3-9 1 1 23 Johnson 39 6-12 4-5 1-2 11 1 16 Posey 20 1-8 0-1 0-3 2 4 2 Bowen 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 4 0 Satterfield 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 G Mccloud 28 6-10 0-1 0-5 1 2 16 Lenard 25 6-13 0-0 0-1 2 0 13 Andersen 8 0-1 0-0 2-3 0 3 0 Abdul-wahad 20 6-6 0-0 1-3 0 6 12 Van Exel DNP - elbow inflammation _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-82 10-15 10-34 23 28 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (Lafrentz 5-8, Posey 0-3, G Mccloud 4-5, Lenard 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 9 (Lafrentz 5, Lenard, Cheaney, Andersen, Abdul-wahad). Turnovers: 11 (Johnson 5, Satterfield 2, Abdul-wahad, G Mccloud, Hamilton, Lenard). Steals: 12 (Abdul-wahad 4, G Mccloud 2, Andersen, Cheaney, Johnson, Lenard, Posey, Satterfield).

MEMPHIS (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gasol 36 6-12 7-9 6-11 5 2 19 Long 44 5-9 0-0 0-5 5 0 10 Massenburg 12 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 6 Battier 43 6-13 1-6 2-8 4 2 13 Solomon 36 3-11 2-3 0-5 7 2 8 Wright 23 8-13 4-6 3-5 1 1 20 Swift 16 0-4 2-2 2-4 0 1 2 Perry 22 3-3 1-2 0-3 3 2 7 Fotsis 8 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Buford DNP - suspended by league Knight DNP - sprained right ankle Williams DNP - toe surgery _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-71 17-28 14-43 25 12 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.607. 3-Point Goals: 0-6, .000 (Battier 0-2, Solomon 0-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Battier 3, Swift 2, Solomon, Gasol). Turnovers: 18 (Gasol 4, Perry 4, Swift 4, Solomon 2, Battier, Fotsis, Long). Steals: 6 (Solomon 3, Battier, Perry, Wright). ____________________________________________ Denver 24 23 24 29 - 100 Memphis 25 19 26 15 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Defensive Three, 8:32 3rd). Memphis 2 (Solomon, 9:40 2nd; Gasol, 6:52 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,867. T: 2:10. Officials: Jim Capers, Tom Washington, Marc Davis.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets have found one team that they can beat consistently.

George McCloud and Voshon Lenard keyed a decisive fourth-quarter run as the Nuggets extended their winning streak over the Memphis Grizzlies to eight games with a 100-85 victory.

In a matchup between the two worst teams in the Western Conference, the Nuggets used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to take control.

McCloud started the burst with a 3-pointer with 5:09 remaining and his shot from beyond the arc just under three minutes later capped the spurt and gave Denver a commanding 92-76 advantage. Lenard had seven points in the run, including a 3-pointer.

"We had some guys that we really needed to put the ball in the basket step up tonight," Denver coach Mike Evans said. "I thought George (McCloud), Voshon (Lenard) and Tariq (Abdul-Wahad) did really well for us coming off the bench."

Raef LaFrentz scored 23 points to lead Denver, which won despite missing leading scorer Nick Van Exel, who was sidelined with inflammation in his left elbow.

Returning to the lineup after missing 33 games with a fractured knee, Lorenzen Wright scored 20 points to lead Memphis. Rookie Pau Gasol added 19 and 11 rebounds.

"Everything was falling for me. My shots went in and I got passes where I wanted them," said Wright, who finished 8-of-13 from the field. "I didn't expect to do as well as I did. I thought I would play some defense and then sit out the rest of the game."

In a tight game most of the way, the Grizzlies entered the fourth quarter with a one-point lead before falling apart on both ends of the court.

Wright, who was active in his return to the lineup, made a short runner in the lane to give the Grizzlies their last lead at 74-73 with 10:03 remainining.

Tariq Abdul-Wahad answered with a jumper, giving the Nuggets the lead for good. Abdul-Wahad provided a spark off the bench, scoring 12 points while making all six of his shots.

But the big run came moments later. McCloud drilled a long 24-footer, Lenard scored the next seven points, and McCloud capped the run with another 3-pointer with 2:45 left for a 92-76 cushion.

McCloud finished with four 3-pointers and LaFrentz had five to lead to long-range barrage for Denver, which went 10-of-20 from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies misfired on all six of their attempts from 3-point range.

Evans had a reason why his club was so successful from deep.

"It was the penetration by our guards and transition points that were instigated by defense," he said. "Once you start attacking the basket in transition and then in your halfcourt you've got Avery (Johnson) driving the ball and kicking the ball out. You're going to find open looks."

"I thought Tariq did a great job of creating turnovers and getting the ball to A.J.," LaFrentz said. "Then, A.J. made good decisions on the break."

In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies made 6-of-16 shots and hurt themselves with six of their 17 turnovers. Denver made 11-of-22 shots in the period.

With Van Exel, the subject of persistent trade rumors, not in the lineup, veteran Avery Johnson got the start. He responded with a big effort, scoring 16 points and handing out 11 assists in 39 minutes.

Even with Johnson stepping up, the Nuggets seemed to miss Van Exel in the first half, trailing by as 11 points at 41-30 with 4:39 left before intermission on a follow shot by rookie Shane Battier.

Battier netted 13 points and Grant Long 10 for the Grizzlies, who shot 48 percent (34-of-71) and held a 43-34 rebounding advantage. Denver was slightly better from the field, shooting 49 percent (40-of-82).

But Abdul-Wahad scored eight points and LaFrentz drilled a pair of 3-pointers, fueling a 17-3 burst to close the half that gave Denver a 47-44 lead.

"I think the run going into halftime was the key of the game," McCloud said. "We kind of gained momentum and control of the game at point. We came out and kept the momentum throughout the second half."

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