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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      DENVER           30   16   29   31    106  
      CLEVELAND        29   27   20   25    101     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DEN - EARL BOYKINS 20, KENYON MARTIN 19, NENE 
                      HILARIO 17
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 35, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 25, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND:   DEN - KENYON MARTIN 8, NENE HILARIO 8, CARMELO
                      ANTHONY 6
                CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 14, DREW GOODEN 13, 
                      LEBRON JAMES 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   DEN - EARL BOYKINS 8, GREG BUCKNER 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 6, ERIC SNOW 4, JEFF 
                      MCINNIS 3

         ATT:   20,562

Box Score

DENVER (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Anthony 38 5-12 4-5 3-6 1 1 14 K Martin 43 8-19 3-5 1-8 0 4 19 M Camby 7 3-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 6 E Boykins 39 7-12 6-6 0-1 8 0 20 A Miller 36 5-10 4-4 0-4 4 2 14 Nene 38 4-8 9-10 4-8 4 5 17 G Buckner 21 3-7 1-2 1-3 5 2 8 B Russell 10 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 F Elson 8 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 D Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION R White DNP - COACH'S DECISION N Tskitishvili DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 27-32 10-33 22 20 106 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.844. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (K Martin 0-2, G Buckner 1-3, B Russell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:7 (K Martin 3, B Russell, M Camby, Nene, G Buckner). Turnovers:14 (C Anthony 4, A Miller 3, K Martin 3, E Boykins 2, B Russell, M Camby). Steals: 10 (G Buckner 4, M Camby 2, B Russell, C Anthony, E Boykins, A Miller). CLEVELAND (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 43 12-29 10-12 2-6 6 2 35 D Gooden 32 5-7 2-4 4-13 2 2 12 Z Ilgauskas 40 8-14 9-10 7-14 2 3 25 J McInnis 37 5-10 1-1 0-0 3 5 12 I Newble 18 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 R Traylor 19 2-6 0-0 0-3 1 5 4 A Pavlovic 13 3-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 6 E Snow 16 1-3 1-2 0-0 4 3 3 L Harris 17 0-3 4-4 0-0 1 0 4 J Moiso 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 D Diop 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 27-33 13-38 19 22 101 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (L James 1-6, J McInnis 1-2, A Pavlovic 0-1, L Harris 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:10 (Z Ilgauskas 5, R Traylor 2, D Gooden 2, L Harris). Turnovers:17 (Z Ilgauskas 7, L James 4, D Gooden 3, J McInnis 2, A Pavlovic). Steals: 7 (R Traylor 2, A Pavlovic 2, E Snow, L James, L Harris). -------------------------------------------- DENVER 30 16 29 31 - 106 CLEVELAND 29 27 20 25 - 101 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,562. T: 2:27. Officials: Joe Forte, Orlandis Poole, Scott Wall.


Extended Box

DENVER (106) AT CLEVELAND (101) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C ANTHONY F 38 5-12 4-5 3 3 6 1 1 1 4 14 K MARTIN F 43 8-19 3-5 1 7 8 0 4 0 3 19 M CAMBY C 7 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 2 1 6 E BOYKINS G 39 7-12 6-6 0 1 1 8 0 1 2 20 A MILLER G 36 5-10 4-4 0 4 4 4 2 1 3 14 NENE 38 4-8 9-10 4 4 8 4 5 0 0 17 G BUCKNER 21 3-7 1-2 1 2 3 5 2 4 0 8 B RUSSELL 10 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 4 F ELSON 8 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 D JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION R WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION N TSKITISHVILI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-77 27-32 10 23 33 22 20 10 14 106 (.506) (.844) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14 (14 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 43 12-29 10-12 2 4 6 6 2 1 4 35 D GOODEN F 32 5-7 2-4 4 9 13 2 2 0 3 12 Z ILGAUSKAS C 40 8-14 9-10 7 7 14 2 3 0 7 25 J MCINNIS G 37 5-10 1-1 0 0 0 3 5 0 2 12 I NEWBLE G 18 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 R TRAYLOR 19 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 5 2 0 4 A PAVLOVIC 13 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 2 1 6 E SNOW 16 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 4 3 1 0 3 L HARRIS 17 0-3 4-4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 J MOISO 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 D DIOP 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-77 27-33 13 25 38 19 22 7 17 101 (.468) (.818) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17 (22 PTS) DENVER 30 16 29 31 - 106 CLEVELAND 29 27 20 25 - 101 BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - K MARTIN 3, B RUSSELL, M CAMBY, NENE, G BUCKNER. CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 5, R TRAYLOR 2, D GOODEN 2, L HARRIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 1-6 (.167), K MARTIN 0-2, G BUCKNER 1-3, B RUSSELL 0-1. CLEVELAND 2-10 (.200), L JAMES 1-6, J MCINNIS 1-2, A PAVLOVIC 0-1, L HARRIS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, ORLANDIS POOLE, SCOTT WALL. A - 20,562. T - 2:27.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- For the second time in as many seasons, little Earl Boykins came home, upstaged the big showdown between LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and drove the Denver Nuggets to victory. Boykins had 20 points and eight assists and fueled a fourth-quarter run as the Nuggets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-101, for their sixth win in eight games. The smallest player in the NBA, Boykins also stole the spotlight here last season, when James and Anthony met for the first time as NBA rivals. He scored 18 points to lead Denver to a 93-89 win November 5, 2003. A Cleveland native who once played for the Cavaliers, Boykins continues to make a believer out of new Nuggets coach George Karl. The 5-5 guard scored at least 19 points for the third straight game and ran his free throw streak to 57. "(Boykins) was the best player on the court in the third quarter," Karl said. "More than anything, he brought confidence." "(Boykins) played big when we were stumbling around," Nuggets guard Andre Miller said. "This is his hometown. He did his thing." The Nuggets used a 10-3 spurt to close the third quarter and cut the deficit to 76-75 entering the final period. Boykins had two free throws and a jumper to give Denver an 81-78 advantage. A layup by Eric Snow pulled Cleveland into an 85-85 tie with 8:08 remaining before Denver went to its running game. Francisco Elson dunked before Boykins set up Kenyon Martin for a slam. Anthony added a fast-break layup and two free throws by Martin made it 93-85 with 5:54 to go. Boosted by Boykins, the Nuggets held a 25-4 advantage in fast-break points. Cavaliers coach Paul Silas was disappointed with his team's play in the fourth quarter. "That's what it looked like (that Denver was the hungrier team)," Silas said. "We really didn't defend well. We didn't get back in transition." Boykins believes the Nuggets, who do not have any consistent perimeter shooters, have to run to be successful. "Not just tonight, but for the rest of the season," he said. "We're the type of team that struggles in the half court. We have to get out and run if we are going to be successful." Two more free throws by Boykins made it 99-92 before James had a three-point play - his first points in nearly eight minutes - with 3:07 remaining. "They wanted the game a little more than us tonight," James admitted. "They made some easy buckets and got some run-outs and that is what changed the game." Miller, a former Cavalier, answered with a jumper at the 2:17 mark. It was a two-possession game thereafter. James scored 35 points as he won his overhyped duel with Anthony, who scored 14. The players have been linked since being drafted first and third, respectively, in 2003. "We've got to live with that until we retire," Anthony said. "(James) did a helluva of job, but we won the game. I didn't play the greatest game, but we won." Martin scored 19 points and Nene added 17 off the bench for the Nuggets, who lost big man Marcus Camby to a bruised hip in a bad first half. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 25 points and 14 rebounds and Drew Gooden added 12 and 13 for the Cavaliers, who held a 56-46 halftime lead but shot 41 percent from the floor in the second half. "(The first half) was probably the worst half that we've played since I've been here," Karl said. "I challenged them to play more physical. LeBron's a good player, but don't just give it to him."


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