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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      DENVER           24   35   22   24    105  
      LA CLIPPERS      20   26   24   19    89      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DEN - EARL BOYKINS 22, CARMELO ANTHONY 21, 
                      MARCUS CAMBY 14
                LAC - BOBBY SIMMONS 18, ELTON BRAND 17, CHRIS 
                      KAMAN 13

HIGH REBOUND:   DEN - MARCUS CAMBY 12, EDUARDO NAJERA 6, 
                      CARMELO ANTHONY 6
                LAC - ELTON BRAND 10, COREY MAGGETTE 8, CHRIS 
                      KAMAN 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   DEN - ANDRE MILLER 10, MARCUS CAMBY 5, WESLEY 
                      PERSON 3
                LAC - RICK BRUNSON 9, BOBBY SIMMONS 4, QUINTON
                      ROSS 4

         ATT:   18,423

Box Score

DENVER (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Anthony 31 9-14 3-3 2-6 0 2 21 F Elson 19 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 3 2 M Camby 35 6-15 2-4 1-12 5 4 14 D Johnson 22 2-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 5 A Miller 29 2-9 1-2 0-4 10 4 5 E Najera 25 5-9 3-3 3-6 2 2 13 G Buckner 19 1-1 0-0 2-2 1 2 2 W Person 20 4-8 0-0 0-4 3 0 10 E Boykins 22 7-12 6-6 0-0 2 1 22 B Russell 16 3-5 2-2 2-3 2 2 11 M Pope 2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 K Martin DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-81 17-20 11-41 26 22 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 8-12, .667 (D Johnson 1-3, E Najera 0-1, W Person 2-3, E Boykins 2-2, B Russell 3-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:4 (M Camby 3, D Johnson). Turnovers:14 (E Boykins 4, M Camby 2, C Anthony 2, A Miller 2, W Person, M Pope, F Elson, D Johnson). Steals: 9 (M Camby 3, A Miller 2, B Russell, D Johnson, E Najera, E Boykins). LA CLIPPERS (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Simmons 40 7-17 3-4 4-6 4 2 18 E Brand 33 6-14 5-6 5-10 1 3 17 C Kaman 31 6-10 1-2 0-7 1 2 13 C Maggette 39 3-14 4-4 2-8 1 3 10 R Brunson 30 1-6 2-2 0-1 9 1 4 Z Rebraca 11 2-2 3-4 1-3 2 2 7 Q Ross 24 4-5 1-2 0-2 4 2 9 L Chalmers 9 0-2 1-2 0-1 1 1 1 M Moore 6 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 C Wilcox 8 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 K Anderson 9 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 1 6 M Jaric DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RT FOOT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 20-26 14-43 25 18 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (B Simmons 1-4, C Maggette 0-2, L Chalmers 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (E Brand, Z Rebraca, Q Ross). Turnovers:16 (C Kaman 3, K Anderson 2, R Brunson 2, C Maggette 2, M Moore 2, Q Ross 2, E Brand, B Simmons, Z Rebraca). Steals: 7 (R Brunson 2, B Simmons 2, E Brand, Q Ross, M Moore). -------------------------------------------- DENVER 24 35 22 24 - 105 LA CLIPPERS 20 26 24 19 - 89 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: La Clippers - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:01 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,423. T: 2:08. Officials: Bennie Adams, Jack Nies, Ron Olesiak.


Extended Box

DENVER (105) AT LA CLIPPERS (89) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C ANTHONY F 31 9-14 3-3 2 4 6 0 2 0 2 21 F ELSON F 19 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 2 M CAMBY C 35 6-15 2-4 1 11 12 5 4 3 2 14 D JOHNSON G 22 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 5 A MILLER G 29 2-9 1-2 0 4 4 10 4 2 2 5 E NAJERA 25 5-9 3-3 3 3 6 2 2 1 0 13 G BUCKNER 19 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 2 W PERSON 20 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 3 0 0 1 10 E BOYKINS 22 7-12 6-6 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 22 B RUSSELL 16 3-5 2-2 2 1 3 2 2 1 0 11 M POPE 2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 K MARTIN DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS TOTALS 240 40-81 17-20 11 30 41 26 22 9 14 105 (.494) (.850) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15 (13 PTS) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B SIMMONS F 40 7-17 3-4 4 2 6 4 2 2 1 18 E BRAND F 33 6-14 5-6 5 5 10 1 3 1 1 17 C KAMAN C 31 6-10 1-2 0 7 7 1 2 0 3 13 C MAGGETTE G 39 3-14 4-4 2 6 8 1 3 0 2 10 R BRUNSON G 30 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 9 1 2 2 4 Z REBRACA 11 2-2 3-4 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 7 Q ROSS 24 4-5 1-2 0 2 2 4 2 1 2 9 L CHALMERS 9 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 M MOORE 6 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 2 2 C WILCOX 8 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 K ANDERSON 9 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 6 M JARIC DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RT FOOT TOTALS 240 34-79 20-26 14 29 43 25 18 7 16 89 (.430) (.769) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17 (17 PTS) DENVER 24 35 22 24 - 105 LA CLIPPERS 20 26 24 19 - 89 BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - M CAMBY 3, D JOHNSON. LA CLIPPERS - E BRAND, Z REBRACA, Q ROSS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 8-12 (.667), D JOHNSON 1-3, E NAJERA 0-1, W PERSON 2-3, E BOYKINS 2-2, B RUSSELL 3-3. LA CLIPPERS 1-7 (.143), B SIMMONS 1-4, C MAGGETTE 0-2, L CHALMERS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA CLIPPERS - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, JACK NIES, RON OLESIAK. A - 18,423. T - 2:08.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The streaking Denver Nuggets had to rely on Earl Boykins and his fellow reserves to end the Los Angeles Clippers' seven-game home winning streak. Boykins scored 22 points to lead four reserves in double figures as the Nuggets extended their winning streak to six games with a 105-89 triumph over the Clippers. Denver's reserves outscored their Los Angeles counterparts, 58-27, while the Nuggets moved over .500 (30-29) for the first time since December 20 and into a virtual tie for the final Western playoff spot with the Los Angeles Lakers (29-28). "We had the bench come in and play well," said Denver coach George Karl, whose team improved to 13-4 since he took over from interim coach Michael Cooper. "And Earl had a big game going offensively. Our pieces fit very well tonight, especially off the bench. We've got some good pieces with a good defensive foundation and that was the key." "I think we should just be trying to get in the playoffs," Boykins said. "Things will take care of themselves. If we win enough games we'll move up, but right now we are concentrating on the eighth spot." Boykins scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and shot 9-of-14 from the floor for Denver, which connected on 49 percent (40-of-81) in the win. "It felt good to play well," Boykins said. "It so good to play well when you're in a playoff race. It was a big game for us and we really needed a victory." The shortest player in the NBA at 5-5, Boykins feels he is finally getting to show the league what he can do. "They've allowed me to go out and just play," said Boykins, who is averaging over 20 minutes for the second straight season. "They've given me the opportunity to prove that I was better than the third point guard that was here." The Nuggets trailed, 20-16, with just under two minutes left in the first quarter before closing out the period with an 8-0 run. Buckner started the run with a hook and newly signed guard Wesley Person followed with a 3-pointer before a three-point play by Eduardo Najera ended the burst. Person, who reached 8,000 points for his career, scored 10 points with a pair of 3-pointers in just his second game for Denver since he was released by the Miami Heat. Los Angeles kept it close for a brief time, but Bryon Russell helped break the game open by sparking a 16-6 run to give Denver a 47-35 lead late in the second. Russell, who scored 11 points, buried the first of three consecutive 3-pointers at the 8:36 mark of the second quarter and Boykins followed with five straight points for the Nuggets before Najera closed the spurt with a jumper at 4:26. Karl made some changes and they paid off in the easy win over the Clippers. "I wanted to play Wesley but I didn't know really who to set down," Karl said. "So I just decided to play them all. Buck (Greg Buckner) had a great game - even though he only had two points, I thought his defense in the second half was incredibly good. And Bryon and Wesley got the threes in the game, which we don't do very often, and that got us a big lead." Carmelo Anthony scored 11 of his 21 points and Marcus Camby nine of his 14 in the first half and Denver hit 51 percent of its shots over that stretch to take a 59-46 lead at the break. Camby also had 12 rebounds to record his third straight double-double. Anthony is pleased with his new coach and is looking forward to the rest of the season. "I think we've given it to his program," Anthony said of Karl. "He wants us to be all out on defense and not to take any plays away from any defense. We've got a feel for that and we're doing it more and more. The more games we got of him, the better we'll be." Najera scored 13 points off the bench, including six as the Nuggets used a 10-1 run to open the fourth quarter and extend the lead to 91-71. "I just joined the team," said Najera, who is playing his fourth game since coming over from Golden State at the trade deadline. "Personally, I got lucky coming to this team. Coach Karl knows we are a pretty good defensive team, and if we bring it every night, we are going to have a pretty good chance to win." Bobby Simmons scored 18 points and Elton Brand had a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) to pace the Clippers. "Every loss is disappointing," Simmons said. "I think that, unfortunately, we're a young team and we'll have to learn how to play through it. We have to take every game now as though it were our last."


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