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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      ATLANTA          18   16   16   24    74   
      DENVER           13   20   32   32    97      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   ATL - AL HARRINGTON 18, OBINNA EKEZIE 12, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 9
                DEN - CARMELO ANTHONY 23, EARL BOYKINS 14, 
                      ANDRE MILLER 14

HIGH REBOUND:   ATL - TOM GUGLIOTTA 7, AL HARRINGTON 6, JOSH 
                      CHILDRESS 6
                DEN - MARCUS CAMBY 13, CARMELO ANTHONY 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   ATL - TYRONN LUE 6, TOM GUGLIOTTA 2, AL 
                      HARRINGTON 2
                DEN - ANDRE MILLER 10, GREG BUCKNER 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   15,341

Box Score

ATLANTA (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Harrington 36 5-12 8-12 1-6 2 2 18 J Smith 33 4-7 1-2 1-4 1 3 9 O Ekezie 21 4-7 4-4 2-4 0 4 12 J Childress 42 2-8 4-4 1-6 0 1 8 T Lue 31 2-7 4-5 0-1 6 3 9 B Diaw 24 2-8 2-2 1-2 1 2 6 T Gugliotta 30 2-7 0-0 4-7 2 2 4 P Drobnak 12 1-5 2-2 2-3 0 2 4 R Ivey 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 J Collier 6 2-3 0-0 2-2 1 0 4 M Stewart DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 24-65 25-31 14-35 13 20 74 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.369, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (A Harrington 0-1, T Lue 1-3, B Diaw 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:6 (J Childress 3, T Gugliotta, J Smith, O Ekezie). Turnovers:23 (J Smith 5, T Gugliotta 4, A Harrington 4, T Lue 4, J Childress 2, B Diaw 2, O Ekezie, R Ivey). Steals: 8 (B Diaw 4, J Childress 2, J Smith 2). DENVER (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 8 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 C Anthony 31 9-16 5-5 3-7 1 2 23 M Camby 35 5-10 1-4 2-13 2 2 11 D Johnson 22 5-7 0-0 1-1 3 0 10 A Miller 30 6-9 2-2 1-2 10 3 14 F Elson 17 2-4 0-0 2-4 1 3 4 G Buckner 22 1-4 0-0 1-5 6 3 2 B Russell 16 2-5 0-0 1-1 0 2 5 E Boykins 25 4-11 5-6 2-2 2 1 14 E Najera 25 4-8 3-4 2-5 3 5 11 M Pope 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 L Flores 4 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 3 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 16-21 17-43 28 21 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (C Anthony 0-1, D Johnson 0-2, G Buckner 0-2, B Russell 1-1, E Boykins 1-1, E Najera 0-1, L Flores 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (M Camby 3, E Boykins, M Pope). Turnovers:22 (C Anthony 6, M Camby 5, E Boykins 4, A Miller 3, D Johnson 2, B Russell, G Buckner). Steals: 16 (G Buckner 4, B Russell 2, E Boykins 2, D Johnson 2, E Najera 2, A Miller 2, K Martin, C Anthony). ------------------------------------------- ATLANTA 18 16 16 24 - 74 DENVER 13 20 32 32 - 97 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Atlanta - 3 (Defensive Three, 3:06 2nd; Defensive Three, 8:46 2nd; COACH Woodson, 5:50 4th). Denver - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:19 4th). Flagrant fouls: Atlanta 1 (T Lue (Ejected), 5:50 4th). A: 15,341. T: 2:16. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Bob Delaney, Jason Phillips.


Extended Box

ATLANTA (74) AT DENVER (97) ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HARRINGTON F 36 5-12 8-12 1 5 6 2 2 0 4 18 J SMITH F 33 4-7 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 2 5 9 O EKEZIE C 21 4-7 4-4 2 2 4 0 4 0 1 12 J CHILDRESS G 42 2-8 4-4 1 5 6 0 1 2 2 8 T LUE G 31 2-7 4-5 0 1 1 6 3 0 4 9 B DIAW 24 2-8 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 4 2 6 T GUGLIOTTA 30 2-7 0-0 4 3 7 2 2 0 4 4 P DROBNAK 12 1-5 2-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 4 R IVEY 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 J COLLIER 6 2-3 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 4 M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 24-65 25-31 14 21 35 13 20 8 23 74 (.369) (.806) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 24 (25 PTS) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K MARTIN F 8 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 C ANTHONY F 31 9-16 5-5 3 4 7 1 2 1 6 23 M CAMBY C 35 5-10 1-4 2 11 13 2 2 0 5 11 D JOHNSON G 22 5-7 0-0 1 0 1 3 0 2 2 10 A MILLER G 30 6-9 2-2 1 1 2 10 3 2 3 14 F ELSON 17 2-4 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 0 0 4 G BUCKNER 22 1-4 0-0 1 4 5 6 3 4 1 2 B RUSSELL 16 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 2 1 5 E BOYKINS 25 4-11 5-6 2 0 2 2 1 2 4 14 E NAJERA 25 4-8 3-4 2 3 5 3 5 2 0 11 M POPE 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 L FLORES 4 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 TOTALS 240 39-78 16-21 17 26 43 28 21 16 22 97 (.500) (.762) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 22 (11 PTS) ATLANTA 18 16 16 24 - 74 DENVER 13 20 32 32 - 97 BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - J CHILDRESS 3, T GUGLIOTTA, J SMITH, O EKEZIE. DENVER - M CAMBY 3, E BOYKINS, M POPE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 1-6 (.167), A HARRINGTON 0-1, T LUE 1-3, B DIAW 0-2. DENVER 3-9 (.333), C ANTHONY 0-1, D JOHNSON 0-2, G BUCKNER 0- 2, B RUSSELL 1-1, E BOYKINS 1-1, E NAJERA 0-1, L FLORES 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: ATLANTA - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, COACH WOODSON. DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: ATLANTA 1 (T LUE (EJECTED), 5:50 4TH). OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, BOB DELANEY, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 15,341. T - 2:16.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Behind the efforts of Carmelo Anthony and Earl Boykins, the Denver Nuggets bounced back after the break the way they have responded in the second half of the season. Anthony scored 13 points and Boykins added 12 after intermission as the Nuggets rebounded from a miserable first half to post a 97-74 victory over the hapless Atlanta Hawks. Denver matched a season high with its fourth straight win and improved to 11-4 under George Karl, who was named NBA Coach of the Month earlier Tuesday. The Nuggets (28-29) are just one game back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "The team has done a great job," Karl said. "They have persevered and given me a special spirit. Hopefully we can keep it going." "We're right there," said Anthony, who scored 23 points. "We just have to worry about ourselves, keep on winning games and see how it plays out." Things started poorly in this one as Denver shot just 35 percent (13-of-37) and committed 16 turnovers in the first two periods. But the Hawks played nearly as poorly, shooting 38 percent (12-of-32) and committing with 16 turnovers, and led just 34-33 at the break. "It was an ugly game in the first half," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "The problem in the first half was that we had too many turnovers," Boykins said. "We can't score when we have that many turnovers. The second half we cut down on our turnovers and we were able to execute." The Nuggets trailed, 42-41, early in the third quarter before Anthony triggered an 11-0 burst with a jumper. He added a three-point play before capped the spurt with a dunk at the 5:26 mark that opened a 52-42 advantage. Denver, which swept the season series against Atlanta for the first time in 14 years, connected on 14 of its 21 shots en route to 32 points in the period. "In the second half we picked it up and turned our defense up," Anthony said. "We got into our game plan, which was to run up and down the court." "In the third quarter we created turnovers and finally converted some offensive plays," Karl said. "Once we got the lead, I felt that Atlanta looked they were a little fatigued and tired faster than we did." Losers of 20 consecutive road games, the Hawks got it as close as 71-62 in the fourth quarter, but Anthony responded a jumper and Boykins - who finished with 14 points - connected on a pair of free throws, and Denver pulled away thereafter. "It's frustrating," said Hawks forward Al Harrington, who scored 18 points. "We are coming together as a team. We have to find ways to get over the hump." Losers of nine consecutive games overall, Atlanta waived guard Gary Payton prior to the game. Payton, who never suited up for the Hawks, was acquired in a trade last Thursday that sent leading scorer Antoine Walker back to the Boston Celtics. "The chemistry is going to be a little off when you trade somebody that contributes so many minutes to the team," rookie forward Josh Smith said of Walker. Not everything was positive for the Nuggets as forward Kenyon Martin did not return after the end of the first quarter because tendinitis in his left knee. He is listed as day-to-day.


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