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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 25 19 34 21 99 MINNESOTA 28 27 26 17 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 30, AVERY JOHNSON 18, JAMES POSEY 15 MIN - ANTHONY PEELER 24, KEVIN GARNETT 20, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 18

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ZENDON HAMILTON 9, JAMES POSEY 8 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 14, JOE SMITH 11

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - AVERY JOHNSON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 6, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6

ATT: 19,669


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DENVER (99) AT MINNESOTA (98)

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

CHEANEY F 27 3-11 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 0 6 HAMILTON F 26 3-3 1-5 2 7 9 0 4 0 0 7 LAFRENTZ C 38 12-17 0-0 0 5 5 0 4 0 1 30 JOHNSON G 37 6-14 6-8 1 0 1 16 1 0 1 18 POSEY G 32 5-10 2-3 2 6 8 2 2 1 2 15 BOWEN 18 3-8 0-0 3 3 6 1 2 1 0 6 G MCCLOUD 24 4-7 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 0 1 9 SATTERFIELD 11 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 0 1 0 LENARD 18 3-8 0-1 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 6 ABDUL-WAHAD 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 ANDERSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAN EXEL DNP - INFLAMMED LEFT ELBOW

TOTALS 240 40-83 9-17 10 32 42 29 20 2 7 99 (.482) (.529) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 8(11 PTS)

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

K GARNETT F 45 8-17 4-8 4 10 14 6 3 1 0 20 SMITH F 25 2-5 1-2 5 6 11 0 5 1 1 5 NESTEROVIC C 26 3-8 1-2 4 4 8 3 1 2 1 7 BILLUPS G 38 3-12 2-2 1 5 6 5 2 0 3 10 SZCZERBIAK G 38 7-14 3-6 0 4 4 6 3 0 1 18 PEELER 37 9-18 3-4 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 24 MITCHELL 11 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 5 LOPEZ 20 4-9 0-0 1 3 4 3 0 0 0 9 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TRENT DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-86 14-24 15 36 51 27 18 4 8 98 (.442) (.583) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8(6 PTS)

DENVER 25 19 34 21 - 99 MINNESOTA 28 27 26 17 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ 2, CHEANEY, HAMILTON, BOWEN. MINNESOTA - BILLUPS 3, NESTEROVIC, LOPEZ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 10-18 (.556), LAFRENTZ 6-8, POSEY 3-6, G MCCLOUD 1-2, LENARD 0-2. MINNESOTA 8-17 (.471), BILLUPS 2-6, SZCZERBIAK 1-2, PEELER 3-7, MITCHELL 1-1, LOPEZ 1-1. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, JACK NIES, SCOTT WALL. A - 19,669. T - 2:09.


Box Score

DENVER (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cheaney 27 3-11 0-0 0-3 1 3 6 Hamilton 26 3-3 1-5 2-9 0 4 7 Lafrentz 38 12-17 0-0 0-5 0 4 30 Johnson 37 6-14 6-8 1-1 16 1 18 Posey 32 5-10 2-3 2-8 2 2 15 Bowen 18 3-8 0-0 3-6 1 2 6 G Mccloud 24 4-7 0-0 1-6 1 2 9 Satterfield 11 0-3 0-0 1-2 4 0 0 Lenard 18 3-8 0-1 0-2 4 1 6 Abdul-wahad 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Andersen DNP - coach's decision Van Exel DNP - inflammed left elbow _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-83 9-17 10-42 29 20 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.482, FT-.529. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (Lafrentz 6-8, Posey 3-6, G Mccloud 1-2, Lenard 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Lafrentz 2, Cheaney, Hamilton, Bowen). Turnovers: 8 (Posey 2, G Mccloud, Johnson, Lafrentz, Lenard, Satterfield). Steals: 2 (Bowen, Posey).

MINNESOTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 45 8-17 4-8 4-14 6 3 20 Smith 25 2-5 1-2 5-11 0 5 5 Nesterovic 26 3-8 1-2 4-8 3 1 7 Billups 38 3-12 2-2 1-6 5 2 10 Szczerbiak 38 7-14 3-6 0-4 6 3 18 Peeler 37 9-18 3-4 0-2 1 3 24 Mitchell 11 2-3 0-0 0-2 3 1 5 Lopez 20 4-9 0-0 1-4 3 0 9 Avery DNP - coach's decision D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Trent DNP - strained left hamstring Woods DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-86 14-24 15-51 27 18 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Billups 2-6, Szczerbiak 1-2, Peeler 3-7, Mitchell 1-1, Lopez 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Billups 3, Nesterovic, Lopez). Turnovers: 8 (Billups 3, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Peeler, Smith, Szczerbiak). Steals: 4 (Nesterovic 2, K Garnett, Smith). ____________________________________________ Denver 25 19 34 21 - 99 Minnesota 28 27 26 17 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 2 (Defensive Three 2, 4:10 1st, 1:39 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,669. T: 2:09. Officials: Mike Callahan, Jack Nies, Scott Wall.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Raef LaFrentz scored 30 points, including the go-ahead layup with three seconds left, as the Denver Nuggets won consecutive road games for the first time in over a year with a 99-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Minnesota led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, but Denver rallied behind multiple 3-pointers from James Posey and LaFrentz and tied the game, 84-84, on a shot from the arc by George McCloud with 9:09 left.

After Posey tied it again, 94-94, on a driving dunk through the lane with 2:59 to play, Anthony Peeler answered with a jumper 15 seconds later.

Avery Johnson got the Nuggets within 96-95 after hitting 1-of-2 free throws with 2:13 to go, but neither team could score until Johnson found a cutting LaFrentz for a finger roll with 27 seconds left.

It was Denver's first lead since 21-19 late in the first quarter.

After a timeout, All-Star Wally Szczerbiak drove the right baseline and flipped a shot over LaFrentz with 14 seconds left. On the next possession, Voshon Lenard found LaFrentz open underneath, and the center scored a layup with three seconds to go.

"They switched, and Felipe (Lopez) left me for some reason," LaFrentz said. "I think he was going to go and contest Voshon's shot. Vo made a heckuva play. That was a tough pass to make. I almost fumbled the ball, as it kind of slipped in my hand a little bit. But I was able to get it down."

Minnesota All-Star Kevin Garnett shot an airball on a turnaround jumper from the left baseline just before the buzzer.

"(LaFrentz) hit me on the back door and got a layup on me," Garnett said. "I take the full blame for the game. If I had stopped that layup there, we're still up one. I saw Felipe going with Raef on the switch, and just reacted to Voshon and came off. He passed it back to Raef, and he got a layup."

LaFrentz was 12-of-17 from the field, including a career-high 6-of-8 from the arc, for the Nuggets, who had not won back-to-back road games since January 3-9, 2001.

"There was no reason for us not to come up here and play to win," Denver coach Mike Evans said. "We have been going pretty hard in practices after games. We were not going to use the back-to-back as a reason not to succeed in the game tonight. We were prepared for this."

Johnson had 18 points and a season-high 16 assists and Posey chipped in 15 points for Denver, which is 2-0 on its four-game, five-day road trip. The Nuggets had not won consecutive games overall since December 13-15.

Denver, which has won three of its last four games at the Target Center, played its second straight game without starting point guard Nick Van Exel, who is nursing an inflamed left elbow.

"For back-to-back games, we've had the same two lineups," Johnson said. "That helps. We've basically had the same rotation both nights. It's amazing what just consistency can do for you. Consistency in the rotation, consistency in the approach, consistency in the effort."

Peeler scored 24 points and Garnett added 20 and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which fell to just 21-4 at home, still the second-best mark in the NBA behind Sacramento's 27-1.

Chauncey Billups added 10 points but shot just 3-of-12.

"We're a great-shooting team, and tonight we just couldn't knock it down for whatever reason," Billups said. "We were getting a lot of wide-open jumpers but couldn't knock them down. That rarely happens for us."

Though outrebounded by Minnesota, 51-42, Denver outshot the Timberwolves, 48 percent (40-of-83) to 44 percent (38-of-86).

The Nuggets actually shot better from the arc than the line. Denver sank 56 percent (10-of-18) of its 3-point attempts and only 53 percent (9-of-17) from the line.

Minnesota, which converted just 58 percent (14-of-24) at the line, made 6-of-7 3-pointers in the first half but just 2-of-10 in the second 24 minutes.

"Both the last two games were important games," LaFrentz said. "This game we viewed as winnable, and one that we wanted to win to get some momentum going into this road trip. Tonight, I don't think anybody expected it, but all we wanted to do was come out and play hard, and give ourselves a chance to win down the stretch. We did that, and hit our open shots."

"We invented ways to lose tonight," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders added. "We had more mental defensive lapses. We switched when we never have switched, we helped out when we've never helped out. It's extremely disappointing. We showed no defensive discipline. We got what we deserved."

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