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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 16 22 21 25 84 NEW YORK 24 25 19 15 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - VOSHON LENARD 21, JUWAN HOWARD 20, DONNELL HARVEY 10 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 33, KURT THOMAS 15, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - JUWAN HOWARD 12, CALBERT CHEANEY 10, MENGKE BATEER 8 NYK - KURT THOMAS 14, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 10, TRAVIS KNIGHT 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - GEORGE MCCLOUD 8, VOSHON LENARD 4, MENGKE BATEER 2 NYK - MARK JACKSON 8, LATRELL SPREWELL 3, CHARLIE WARD 2

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

DENVER (84) AT NEW YORK (83)

DENVER

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

R BOWEN F 33 3-6 0-0 3 4 7 0 3 0 1 6 J HOWARD F 36 7-18 6-10 6 6 12 1 3 1 2 20 M BATEER C 17 3-6 1-1 2 6 8 2 3 0 4 7 C CHEANEY G 40 2-10 2-3 1 9 10 1 3 2 1 6 G MCCLOUD G 41 3-13 1-2 0 3 3 8 3 2 3 8 D HARVEY 27 3-7 4-5 3 2 5 1 3 1 0 10 V LENARD 26 8-15 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 0 3 21 K SATTERFIELD 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 2 Z HAMILTON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 C ANDERSEN 9 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 4 T HARDAWAY DNP - FIFTH METATARSAL FR C ARROYO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-79 16-23 16 34 50 17 25 6 18 84 (.392) (.696) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 18 (16 PTS)

NEW YORK

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

S ANDERSON F 40 1-8 4-6 2 4 6 1 3 0 2 6 C WEATHERSPOON F 37 3-7 4-5 5 5 10 1 3 0 0 10 K THOMAS C 36 5-13 5-8 5 9 14 1 5 1 1 15 L SPREWELL G 41 12-22 6-6 2 1 3 3 2 2 3 33 M JACKSON G 28 2-13 0-0 0 1 1 8 2 4 3 5 T KNIGHT 19 2-7 2-2 2 5 7 0 2 1 0 6 L POSTELL 15 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 C WARD 20 1-6 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 3 0 4 F SPENCER 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 A HOUSTON DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE H EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION O HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-84 23-29 16 28 44 16 20 11 10 83 (.333) (.793) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10 (4 PTS)

DENVER 16 22 21 25 - 84 NEW YORK 24 25 19 15 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - R BOWEN. NEW YORK - C WARD, S ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 6-13 (.462), C CHEANEY 0-1, G MCCLOUD 1- 5, V LENARD 5-7. NEW YORK 4-22 (.182), S ANDERSON 0-2, L SPREWELL 3- 7, M JACKSON 1-7, L POSTELL 0-2, C WARD 0-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, JAMES CAPERS, KEVIN FEHR. A - 19,763. T - 2:16.


Box Score

DENVER (84)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Bowen 33 3-6 0-0 3-7 0 3 6 J Howard 36 7-18 6-10 6-12 1 3 20 M Bateer 17 3-6 1-1 2-8 2 3 7 C Cheaney 40 2-10 2-3 1-10 1 3 6 G McCloud 41 3-13 1-2 0-3 8 3 8 D Harvey 27 3-7 4-5 3-5 1 3 10 V Lenard 26 8-15 0-0 0-3 4 2 21 K Satterfield 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Z Hamilton 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 C Andersen 9 1-3 2-2 1-2 0 1 4 T Hardaway DNP - FIFTH METATARSAL FR C Arroyo DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 16-23 16-50 17 25 84 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (C Cheaney 0-1, G McCloud 1-5, V Lenard 5-7). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:1 (R Bowen). Turnovers:18 (M Bateer 4, G McCloud 3, V Lenard 3, K Satterfield 3, J Howard 2, C Cheaney, C Andersen, R Bowen). Steals: 6 (G McCloud 2, C Cheaney 2, J Howard, D Harvey).

NEW YORK (83)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Anderson 40 1-8 4-6 2-6 1 3 6 C Weatherspoon 37 3-7 4-5 5-10 1 3 10 K Thomas 36 5-13 5-8 5-14 1 5 15 L Sprewell 41 12-22 6-6 2-3 3 2 33 M Jackson 28 2-13 0-0 0-1 8 2 5 T Knight 19 2-7 2-2 2-7 0 2 6 L Postell 15 1-7 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 C Ward 20 1-6 2-2 0-2 2 2 4 F Spencer 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 A Houston DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE H Eisley DNP - COACH'S DECISION O Harrington DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-84 23-29 16-44 16 20 83 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 4-22, .182 (S Anderson 0-2, L Sprewell 3-7, M Jackson 1-7, L Postell 0-2, C Ward 0-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:2 (C Ward, S Anderson). Turnovers:10 (L Sprewell 3, M Jackson 3, S Anderson 2, K Thomas, L Postell). Steals: 11 (M Jackson 4, C Ward 3, L Sprewell 2, K Thomas, T Knight).

------------------------------------------- DENVER 16 22 21 25 - 84 NEW YORK 24 25 19 15 - 83 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Denver - 2 (Defensive Three, 7:11 1st; Defensive Three, 11:27 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:16. Officials: Dick Bavetta, James Capers, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Voshon Lenard scored 16 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Denver Nuggets rallied from a 19-point deficit for a rare road win, 84-83 over the New York Knicks.

Lenard brought the Nuggets all the way back with four wide-open 3-pointers in the final period. His last shot from beyond the arc put the Nuggets ahead for good with 39 seconds left.

"We were double-teaming," Knicks swingman Latrell Sprewell said. "Anytime we double-team and got caught in a rotation, they did a good job of finding the open man and knocking down open shots."

Lenard was open much of the night as the Knicks tried to contain Juwan Howard, who scored 30 points against them earlier this month and finished with 20 on Monday.

On New York's previous possession, Shandon Anderson missed the second of two free throws, the Nuggets grabbed the rebound and Lenard took the winning shot over Clarence Weatherspoon. It ended Denver's nine-game losing streak.

New York, which has lost 15 games this season when leading by double digits, had two chances to regain the lead.

Mark Jackson missed two layups and, after Howard failed to convert a running jumper, the Knicks had one more chance.

Jackson inbounded to Sprewell, who was guarded tightly as he tried to penetrate. Sprewell passed instead of forcing a shot, but Weatherspoon missed a 17-footer with 3.4 seconds to play.

"It wasn't designed that way," Sprewell said. "They switched a big guy out on me and they were a little confused. They left the lane open to the basket, but the big guys did a good job of collapsing, and Spoon was wide-open."

"We doubled him and he had to give the ball up," Nuggets coach Mike Evans explained. "He's a very unselfish player. They got a great look at it. It's just like as if you're guarding (Michael) Jordan. If you are guarding Sprewell, you want to force someone else to take the shot."

Among New York's collapses this season were losses to Indiana on November 9 and Philadelphia on March 12 in games in which the Knicks led by 20 points.

"It's the same old story," Sprewell said. "We've found ways to beat ourselves down the stretch, and when we need to make a big shot we fall a little short. It's been myself, it's been Allan (Houston). Today, it happened to be Spoon. But we've seen this story over and over again."

While this latest loss came against the NBA's second-worst road team, Knicks coach Don Chaney did not treat it any differently than others.

"Every loss is the same to me," Chaney said. "It's a matter of pride. You go out to play hard, expending a lot of energy. Every loss hurts. You put too much preparation and too much energy to lose."

Sprewell led the Knicks with 33 points. He had 20 in the first half, helping them build a 49-38 lead.

Sprewell was on the bench at the start of the fourth quarter, when the bench helped the Nuggets creep back into the game. Denver was down 74-68 when Sprewell returned and hit a jumper with with 7:37 left.

Lenard responded with a 3-pointer, but Travis Knight dunked to make it 76-71. Lenard hit another from beyond the arc and added a jumper to cut the deficit to 80-79 with 2:25 left.

Weatherspoon made it 82-79 with a pair of foul shots 24 seconds later. But Howard hit a hook shot on the next possession and the teams traded misses to set up the wild finish.

The Nuggets were down 49-30 with 2:11 left in the second quarter after a pair of free throws by Charlie Ward. But George McCloud hit a 3-pointer, Calbert Cheaney made a layup and Denver sank four free throws during a 9-0 run to close the half.

New York's last double-digit lead was 68-57 with 59 seconds left in the third period. Denver opened the fourth quarter with a 9-4 burst to get within 72-68 with 8:01 left.

"I thought our bench did a good job today," Lenard said. "The starters kept us in the game and the bench gave us some more energy. Our focus has been to hang in there and hang in at the end."

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