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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 31 17 22 28 98 DENVER 16 25 17 21 79 FINAL


MIAMI (98) AT DENVER (79)

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

BROWN F 33 6-9 7-7 2 3 5 1 2 0 3 19 MASHBURN F 36 4-8 0-2 2 4 6 7 3 0 2 9 MOURNING C 34 11-15 3-6 2 10 12 1 2 1 2 25 HARDAWAY G 36 4-11 3-6 0 3 3 9 2 0 5 12 LENARD G 29 4-11 3-6 1 4 5 3 3 1 0 14 MAJERLE 23 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 8 AUSTIN 6 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 MURDOCK 17 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 1 2 4 ASKINS 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 MILLS 14 2-4 3-4 1 3 4 0 3 1 2 7 STRICKLAND 7 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-69 19-31 10 33 43 26 22 6 18 98 (.522) (.613) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 18(15 PTS)

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

BATTIE F 28 3-8 2-2 0 6 6 1 5 0 0 8 L ELLIS F 36 8-15 0-1 3 3 6 0 2 1 1 19 D GARRETT C 33 4-9 1-2 3 2 5 2 4 1 1 9 JACKSON G 34 4-12 5-6 1 4 5 4 1 1 2 14 NEWMAN G 17 2-6 2-2 0 0 0 3 4 1 0 6 FORTSON 21 0-5 4-4 3 3 6 1 6 0 2 4 GOLDWIRE 21 2-7 2-2 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 6 WASHINGTON 26 2-11 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 2 3 6 H ELLIS 16 2-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 1 0 4 WOLF 6 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 K GARRIS 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-83 19-23 12 22 34 15 29 7 9 79 (.337) (.826) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(4 PTS)

MIAMI 31 17 22 28 - 98 DENVER 16 25 17 21 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MASHBURN 3, MOURNING 3, BROWN 2, HARDAWAY, LENARD, AUSTIN, MILLS. DENVER - BATTIE, D GARRETT, JACKSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 7-13 (.538), MASHBURN 1-1, HARDAWAY 1-4, LENARD 3-5, MAJERLE 2-3. DENVER 4-9 (.444), L ELLIS 3-4, JACKSON 1-3, WASHINGTON 0-2. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3, AUSTIN 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, LUIS GRILLO, RODDY MOTT. A - 9,719. T - 2:11.


MIAMI (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 33 6-9 7-7 2-5 1 2 19 Mashburn 36 4-8 0-2 2-6 7 3 9 Mourning 34 11-15 3-6 2-12 1 2 25 Hardaway 36 4-11 3-6 0-3 9 2 12 Lenard 29 4-11 3-6 1-5 3 3 14 Majerle 23 3-4 0-0 0-0 3 1 8 Austin 6 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 Murdock 17 2-3 0-0 1-4 2 3 4 Askins 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Mills 14 2-4 3-4 1-4 0 3 7 Strickland 7 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Causwell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-69 19-31 10-43 26 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.522, FT-.613. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Mashburn 1-1, Hardaway 1-4, Lenard 3-5, Majerle 2-3). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 12 (Mashburn 3, Mourning 3, Brown 2, Hardaway, Lenard, Austin, Mills). Turnovers: 18 (Hardaway 5, Brown 3, Mashburn 2, Mills 2, Mourning 2, Murdock 2, Austin, Majerle). Steals: 6 (Majerle 2, Lenard, Mills, Mourning, Murdock).

DENVER (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 28 3-8 2-2 0-6 1 5 8 L Ellis 36 8-15 0-1 3-6 0 2 19 D Garrett 33 4-9 1-2 3-5 2 4 9 Jackson 34 4-12 5-6 1-5 4 1 14 Newman 17 2-6 2-2 0-0 3 4 6 Fortson 21 0-5 4-4 3-6 1 6 4 Goldwire 21 2-7 2-2 0-1 3 2 6 Washington 26 2-11 2-2 0-1 1 2 6 H Ellis 16 2-6 0-0 2-3 0 1 4 Wolf 6 1-3 1-2 0-1 0 1 3 K Garris 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-83 19-23 12-34 15 29 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.337, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (L Ellis 3-4, Jackson 1-3, Washington 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Battie, D Garrett, Jackson). Turnovers: 9 (Washington 3, Fortson 2, Jackson 2, D Garrett, L Ellis). Steals: 7 (Washington 2, D Garrett, H Ellis, Jackson, L Ellis, Newman). ____________________________________________ Miami 31 17 22 28 - 98 Denver 16 25 17 21 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 5 (Illegal Defense 3, 1:54 1st, 1:31 2nd, 9:14 4th; Austin 2 (ejected), 8:25 2nd, 8:06 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 9,719. T: 2:11. Officials: Hugh Evans, Luis Grillo, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

The Denver Nuggets suffered their franchise-record 16th straight loss, 98-79 to the Miami Heat, who received a season-high 25 points and 12 rebounds from Alonzo Mourning.

The Nuggets, who have not won since December 7th against the Los Angeles Clippers, are one loss short of tying the NBA season high of 17 consecutive defeats by the Toronto Raptors from November 6th-December 9th.

Denver also lost its sixth straight game at McNichols Arena, matching the longest home skid in franchise history, set previously during the 1996-97 and 1991-92 seasons.

P.J. Brown added 19 points, Voshon Lenard 14 and Tim Hardaway nine assists for Miami, which won for the seventh time in its last 11 road games while posting its fifth straight win over Denver. On November 15th, the Heat edged the Nuggets in Miami, 96-93, when Hardaway sank a three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left.

"I thought we did what we had to do. We played a pretty solid game in the second half to get the win," said Miami coach Pat Riley. "We kept getting good post position for Zo. In the second quarter we got a little careless and let them back in the game. Our defense has been different since Zo came back. We're getting solid play there."

The Heat, led by Lenard's 3-for-5 effort, connected on 7-of-13 three-point attempts. Miami shot 52 percent (36-for-69) from the field and held Denver to 34 percent (28-for-83) shooting.

After Dean Garrett's 17-foot jumper gave Denver an 8-7 lead at the 8:21 mark of the first quarter, the Heat grabbed the lead for good off a short jumper by Jamal Mashburn 15 seconds later.

LaPhonso Ellis scored 19 points to lead Denver, which is 2-31, the worst record in the NBA.

"Miami makes it very tough to run your sets. They front the post on everybody and contest every shot. I would've liked to see more body movement and more screens," said Denver coach Bill Hanzlik. "LaPhonso is playing very well right now. Not just because he's shooting the ball, but he's calling out the screens and showing good leadership. You can see what happens when you get good, consistent execution like Miami does."

Mashburn's basket started off an 11-0 spurt for Miami, with Mourning contributing six points, and was capped off by a 16-footer by Brown at the 5:02 mark, giving the Heat an 18-8 lead. A driving layup by Hardaway with just 1.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter increased Miami's lead to 31-16.

Denver reduced the deficit to five points, 38-33, with 3:20 to go in the first half when Tony Battie sank a pair of free throws, but the Nuggets would get no closer the rest of the game.

Miami built its lead up to as much as 23 points in the second half. That was at 98-75, inside the final minute, after Lenard hit a single free throw.

"It's easy to underestimate a team because of their record, but you've got to respect everyone you play in this league. We got a little complacent at times," said Mourning. "The shots that we took are the shots that we practice. We want to have more consistency. When we reach that level, we will show signs of being a championship team."

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