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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MEMPHIS 25 24 11 23 83 DENVER 27 22 31 16 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MEM - PAU GASOL 26, LORENZEN WRIGHT 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 DEN - JUWAN HOWARD 24, TIM HARDAWAY 22, JAMES POSEY 12

HIGH REBOUND: MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 10, SHANE BATTIER 6, PAU GASOL 6 DEN - JUWAN HOWARD 9, JAMES POSEY 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: MEM - EDDIE GILL 7, PAU GASOL 6, WILL SOLOMON 2 DEN - GEORGE MCCLOUD 5, JUWAN HOWARD 3, TIM HARDAWAY 3

ATT: 16,177


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (83) AT DENVER (96)

MEMPHIS

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

P GASOL F 36 6-9 14-15 2 4 6 6 3 0 3 26 G LONG F 26 4-5 2-2 0 3 3 1 3 0 4 10 L WRIGHT C 28 4-12 6-9 5 5 10 0 2 1 2 14 E GILL G 22 2-6 2-2 0 0 0 7 1 0 3 6 S BATTIER G 40 4-7 1-3 1 5 6 1 3 5 2 10 R BUFORD 31 3-12 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 8 W SOLOMON 28 2-7 0-2 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 5 S SWIFT 21 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 2 4 T MASSENBURG 8 0-2 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 1 0 B KNIGHT DNP - PLANTAR FASCITIS, LEFT FO J WILLIAMS DNP - SORE TOES A FOTSIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-63 27-35 9 25 34 19 22 8 19 83 (.429) (.771) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21 (25 PTS)

DENVER

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

J HOWARD F 34 8-14 8-9 3 6 9 3 3 2 2 24 R BOWEN F 24 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 2 0 2 A MCDYESS C 19 3-6 1-2 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 7 T HARDAWAY G 24 7-11 5-5 0 2 2 3 1 1 2 22 C CHEANEY G 36 5-10 1-1 0 1 1 1 4 1 4 11 D HARVEY 28 2-8 1-1 2 2 4 0 4 2 1 5 G MCCLOUD 19 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 5 3 0 2 2 J POSEY 26 4-8 3-4 1 4 5 1 1 2 1 12 V LENARD 10 2-5 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 5 K SATTERFIELD 8 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 M BATEER 8 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 6 0 1 4 Z HAMILTON 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 36-73 20-24 10 24 34 14 29 11 14 96 (.493) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS)

MEMPHIS 25 24 11 23 - 83 DENVER 27 22 31 16 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - P GASOL 3, S SWIFT 2, S BATTIER. DENVER - D HARVEY 2, A MCDYESS, J HOWARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 2-8 (.250), E GILL 0-1, S BATTIER 1-2, R BUFORD 0- 1, W SOLOMON 1-4. DENVER 4-14 (.286), T HARDAWAY 3-6, G MCCLOUD 0- 1, J POSEY 1-4, V LENARD 0-1, K SATTERFIELD 0-1, M BATEER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MEMPHIS - DEFENSIVE THREE. DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MICHAEL SMITH, PAT FRAHER, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 16,177. T - 2:15.


Box Score

MEMPHIS (83)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Gasol 36 6-9 14-15 2-6 6 3 26 G Long 26 4-5 2-2 0-3 1 3 10 L Wright 28 4-12 6-9 5-10 0 2 14 E Gill 22 2-6 2-2 0-0 7 1 6 S Battier 40 4-7 1-3 1-6 1 3 10 R Buford 31 3-12 2-2 1-2 0 2 8 W Solomon 28 2-7 0-2 0-1 2 3 5 S Swift 21 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 T Massenburg 8 0-2 0-0 0-4 1 2 0 B Knight DNP - PLANTAR FASCITIS, LEFT FO J Williams DNP - SORE TOES A Fotsis DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-63 27-35 9-34 19 22 83 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.771. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (E Gill 0-1, S Battier 1-2, R Buford 0-1, W Solomon 1-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:6 (P Gasol 3, S Swift 2, S Battier). Turnovers:19 (G Long 4, E Gill 3, P Gasol 3, L Wright 2, S Battier 2, S Swift 2, T Massenburg, R Buford, W Solomon). Steals: 8 (S Battier 5, L Wright, R Buford, S Swift).

DENVER (96)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Howard 34 8-14 8-9 3-9 3 3 24 R Bowen 24 1-2 0-0 0-4 0 3 2 A McDyess 19 3-6 1-2 2-3 1 1 7 T Hardaway 24 7-11 5-5 0-2 3 1 22 C Cheaney 36 5-10 1-1 0-1 1 4 11 D Harvey 28 2-8 1-1 2-4 0 4 5 G McCloud 19 1-3 0-0 0-3 5 3 2 J Posey 26 4-8 3-4 1-5 1 1 12 V Lenard 10 2-5 1-2 0-1 0 2 5 K Satterfield 8 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 M Bateer 8 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 6 4 Z Hamilton 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 20-24 10-34 14 29 96 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (T Hardaway 3-6, G McCloud 0-1, J Posey 1-4, V Lenard 0-1, K Satterfield 0-1, M Bateer 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (D Harvey 2, A McDyess, J Howard). Turnovers:14 (C Cheaney 4, G McCloud 2, J Howard 2, T Hardaway 2, A McDyess, J Posey, D Harvey, M Bateer). Steals: 11 (J Howard 2, J Posey 2, R Bowen 2, D Harvey 2, C Cheaney, T Hardaway, K Satterfield).

------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 25 24 11 23 - 83 DENVER 27 22 31 16 - 96 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Memphis - 1 (Defensive Three, 1:26 1st). Denver - (Defensive Three, 6:41 3rd; Defensive Three, 7:29 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,177. T: 2:15. Officials: Michael Smith, Pat Fraher, Tom Washington.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Juwan Howard scored 24 points and Tim Hardaway added 22 as the Denver Nuggets snapped their season-high six-game losing streak with a 96-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

It was the Nuggets' ninth straight win overall against the Grizzlies. They improved to 12-2 all time against them at home.

Howard scored 22 points in the first three quarters and played just 90 seconds in the fourth quarter. Hardaway also had 22 points through three quarters and did not play in the final period.

Both Howard and Hardaway were acquired in last week's seven-player deal that sent stars Nick Van Exel and Raef LaFrentz to Dallas. This was Denver's first win since the trade.

"(Our) first win, it was good," Howard said. "A lot of positive things came out of this game. We played well in transition and passed the ball well. "

"It felt good getting back in the swing of things," Hardaway said.

"We needed to get our morale up around here after our game against Golden State (a loss on Wednesday)."

Rookie Pau Gasol scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half for the Grizzlies, who are 3 1/2 games behind the Nuggets and have the worst record in the Western Conference.

"I felt confident in the first half," Gasol said. "I felt good, I got a little frustrated in the second half not getting too many shots. But I was more worried about the team and winning and not my shots."

The game was tied 49-49 at halftime before Denver took a seven-point lead with 5:13 remaining in the third quarter. But the Nuggets scored the next 13 points to take an 80-60 lead going into the final period. Hardaway scored seven points during the spurt.

"Tim really stepped up in the third period," Nuggets coach Mike Evans said. "We played great defense in the third, limiting them to 11 points."

"They turned up the defense a notch in the third quarter," said Grizzlies rookie guard Shane Battier, who scored 10 points. "Tim Hardaway got hot and we didn't recognize it soon enough."

George McCloud scored 12 points and Calbert Cheaney added 11 for Denver, which shot 49 percent (36-of-73).

Memphis committed 21 turnovers, leading to 25 points for the Nuggets.

"We were more aggressive in the first half," Grizzlies coach Sidney Lowe said.

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