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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MEMPHIS          26   23   19   10    78   
     DENVER           25   22   21   25    93      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - DREW GOODEN 16, PAU GASOL 13, GORDAN 
                      GIRICEK 10
                DEN - JUWAN HOWARD 26, CHRIS WHITNEY 15, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - PAU GASOL 11, DREW GOODEN 7, MIKE 
                      BATISTE 6
                DEN - JUWAN HOWARD 13, MARK BLOUNT 9, LORINZA 
                      HARRINGTON 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 5, WESLEY PERSON 3, PAU 
                      GASOL 2
                DEN - LORINZA HARRINGTON 6, JUWAN HOWARD 5, 
                      VINCENT YARBROUGH 4

         ATT:   13,274

Box Score

MEMPHIS (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Gasol 42 5-17 3-6 3-11 2 2 13 S Battier 25 1-5 0-0 0-3 1 4 2 L Wright 23 3-6 2-2 3-5 0 4 8 J Williams 30 2-8 2-2 0-0 5 2 8 G Giricek 21 3-9 4-4 0-2 1 3 10 W Person 27 2-7 0-0 0-2 3 1 5 D Gooden 31 6-16 4-4 4-7 0 4 16 E Watson 18 2-4 3-4 0-2 0 1 8 M Batiste 20 3-5 2-2 2-6 1 3 8 C Trybanski 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Knight DNP - RIGHT WRIST SPRAIN S Swift DNP - RIGHT HAND SPRAIN _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-77 20-24 12-38 13 24 78 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.351, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (S Battier 0-3, J Williams 2-4, G Giricek 0-2, W Person 1-4, D Gooden 0-1, E Watson 1-2, M Batiste 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:9 (S Battier 4, P Gasol 3, L Wright, J Williams). Turnovers:17 (J Williams 3, G Giricek 3, L Wright 2, E Watson 2, D Gooden 2, P Gasol 2, S Battier, M Batiste, C Trybanski). Steals: 5 (S Battier 3, D Gooden, G Giricek). DENVER (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Harvey 22 2-6 0-0 3-6 3 1 4 J Howard 39 11-23 4-4 4-13 5 3 26 N Hilario 28 2-4 4-10 3-6 2 4 8 V Yarbrough 23 2-5 2-2 0-2 4 2 8 L Harrington 32 3-10 2-2 4-8 6 1 8 C Whitney 19 4-11 4-4 0-1 3 4 15 N Tskitishvili 10 0-3 2-2 1-2 0 3 2 R White 22 4-7 0-0 0-5 2 2 8 C Andersen 9 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 M Blount 20 2-4 2-2 2-9 1 3 6 R Bowen 16 2-4 0-0 1-1 1 1 4 M Camby DNP - SPRIANED RIGHT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-81 20-26 19-55 27 25 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (V Yarbrough 2-2, C Whitney 3-6, N Tskitishvili 0-1, R White 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:9 (N Hilario 4, M Blount 3, J Howard, C Andersen). Turnovers:15 (M Blount 3, R White 3, L Harrington 3, R Bowen 2, J Howard, N Hilario, D Harvey, C Whitney). Steals: 10 (J Howard 2, R Bowen 2, N Hilario 2, C Whitney, L Harrington, D Harvey, C Andersen). ------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 26 23 19 10 - 78 DENVER 25 22 21 25 - 93 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,274. T: 2:08. Officials: Derek Richardson, Don Vaden, Ed Mallory.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (78) AT DENVER (93) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P GASOL F 42 5-17 3-6 3 8 11 2 2 0 2 13 S BATTIER F 25 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 3 1 2 L WRIGHT C 23 3-6 2-2 3 2 5 0 4 0 2 8 J WILLIAMS G 30 2-8 2-2 0 0 0 5 2 0 3 8 G GIRICEK G 21 3-9 4-4 0 2 2 1 3 1 3 10 W PERSON 27 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 5 D GOODEN 31 6-16 4-4 4 3 7 0 4 1 2 16 E WATSON 18 2-4 3-4 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 8 M BATISTE 20 3-5 2-2 2 4 6 1 3 0 1 8 C TRYBANSKI 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 B KNIGHT DNP - RIGHT WRIST SPRAIN S SWIFT DNP - RIGHT HAND SPRAIN TOTALS 240 27-77 20-24 12 26 38 13 24 5 17 78 (.351) (.833) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17 (10 PTS) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D HARVEY F 22 2-6 0-0 3 3 6 3 1 1 1 4 J HOWARD F 39 11-23 4-4 4 9 13 5 3 2 1 26 N HILARIO C 28 2-4 4-10 3 3 6 2 4 2 1 8 V YARBROUGH G 23 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 4 2 0 0 8 L HARRINGTON G 32 3-10 2-2 4 4 8 6 1 1 3 8 C WHITNEY 19 4-11 4-4 0 1 1 3 4 1 1 15 N TSKITISHVILI 10 0-3 2-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 2 R WHITE 22 4-7 0-0 0 5 5 2 2 0 3 8 C ANDERSEN 9 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 4 M BLOUNT 20 2-4 2-2 2 7 9 1 3 0 3 6 R BOWEN 16 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 2 2 4 M CAMBY DNP - SPRIANED RIGHT ANKLE TOTALS 240 34-81 20-26 19 36 55 27 25 10 15 93 (.420) (.769) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16 (7 PTS) MEMPHIS 26 23 19 10 - 78 DENVER 25 22 21 25 - 93 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - S BATTIER 4, P GASOL 3, L WRIGHT, J WILLIAMS. DENVER - N HILARIO 4, M BLOUNT 3, J HOWARD, C ANDERSEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 4-17 (.235), S BATTIER 0-3, J WILLIAMS 2- 4, G GIRICEK 0-2, W PERSON 1-4, D GOODEN 0-1, E WATSON 1-2, M BATISTE 0- 1. DENVER 5-10 (.500), V YARBROUGH 2-2, C WHITNEY 3-6, N TSKITISHVILI 0- 1, R WHITE 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK RICHARDSON, DON VADEN, ED MALLORY. A - 13,274. T - 2:08.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Even when they have the league's worst record, the Denver Nuggets can look forward to a visit from the Memphis Grizzlies. Juwan Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds and Rodney White scored all eight of his points in the decisive fourth quarter as the Nuggets extended their home winning streak over the Grizzlies to 11 games with a 93-78 victory. Denver has the worst record in the league, just slightly ahead of Memphis, which has not won at the Pepsi Center since November 18, 1997. The Nuggets defeated the Grizzlies at home for the second time this season after a lopsided fourth quarter. Chris Whitney netted five of his 15 points to start the fourth as Denver scored nine straight points to open the period. He sparked the run with a jumper to give the Nuggets the lead for good at 71-68 and added a pair of free throws at the 10:22 mark. Bruce Bowen sank a jumper and threw an alley-oop to Chris Anderson for a 77-68 cushion with 9:21 to go. The Nuggets scored 21 of the first 27 points in the final quarter while the Grizzlies made only one of their first nine shots. "You cannot go into the fourth quarter shooting 1-of-9," Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "They outhustled and outmuscled us. Denver deserves all the credit for defending us." "We finally completed a game where we had the lead in the second half and came out on top," Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "I thought everyone played well, it was a great all-around effort. It has been a slow work in progress, where our guards recognize who has the hot hand and get the ball to them." Denver held a 55-38 rebounding advantage, 15-3 in the fourth quarter, and snapped a seven-game losing streak. "We finished the game tonight, made some shots and made some stops on defense," said Howard, who made 11-of-23 shots. "The guards wanted to get me the ball, even though I was double-teamed. They kept feeding me and I took advantage of it." Rookie Junior Harrington collected eight points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Nuggets, who dished out 27 assists compared to only 13 for the Grizzlies. "At halftime, coach said that the guards need to get more rebounds," Harrington said. "That is what happens when everyone plays their part. We especially wanted to finish strong tonight." Rookie Drew Gooden scored 16 points and Pau Gasol collected 13 and 10 rebounds for Memphis, which has lost five straight and eight of its last nine. "The first group is just not getting it going," Gooden said. "We've got to work hard to get it back on track." Gooden and Gasol combined to make only 11-of-33 shots as the Grizzlies shot just 35 percent (27-of-77) from the floor, going 4-of-17 from 3-point range. Memphis had its biggest lead of the game at 42-36 after a 3-pointer by Jason Williams with 4:45 left in the second quarter. Neither team led by more than seven points until the fourth. Howard scored the final eight points of the first half for Denver, but Gasol buried a jumper and Mike Batiste closed the second quarter with a pair of free throws to give Memphis a 49-47 halftime edge.


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