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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 20 20 22 15 77 PHOENIX 33 23 14 23 93 FINAL


DENVER (77) AT PHOENIX (93)

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

L ELLIS F 34 5-11 2-2 0 4 4 4 1 3 2 12 BATTIE F 31 4-9 0-0 0 4 4 4 4 1 2 8 D GARRETT C 26 2-3 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 0 3 4 JACKSON G 35 9-16 0-0 2 2 4 4 1 1 1 18 WASHINGTON G 37 6-11 0-0 0 2 2 6 1 3 3 14 NEWMAN 20 4-8 1-2 0 2 2 1 3 2 4 9 FORTSON 19 0-3 0-0 3 3 6 1 3 0 1 0 GOLDWIRE 16 4-5 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 10 WOLF 20 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 5 2 K GARRIS 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 H ELLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-69 5-6 8 23 31 26 17 10 22 77 (.507) (.833) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 24(28 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 28 5-9 0-0 8 1 9 1 3 1 1 10 MCDYESS F 39 9-15 6-7 3 4 7 2 1 1 0 24 ROBINSON C 35 5-13 5-7 0 3 3 1 2 0 3 15 CHAPMAN G 30 4-9 0-0 1 2 3 5 1 2 1 8 KIDD G 32 2-8 2-2 0 0 0 10 0 2 3 7 NASH 32 3-5 2-2 1 6 7 5 1 4 1 10 MANNING 20 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 2 0 10 MCCLOUD 8 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 CEBALLOS 12 2-7 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 4 MILIC 2 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 THOMPSON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-78 18-22 14 19 33 28 10 13 12 93 (.462) (.818) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

DENVER 20 20 22 15 - 77 PHOENIX 33 23 14 23 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - WASHINGTON, FORTSON. PHOENIX - MCDYESS, ROBINSON, MANNING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 2-10 (.200), BATTIE 0-1, JACKSON 0-2, WASHINGTON 2-4, NEWMAN 0-2, K GARRIS 0-1. PHOENIX 3-11 (.273), ROBINSON 0-1, CHAPMAN 0-2, KIDD 1-4, NASH 2-3, MCCLOUD 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, JOE BORGIA, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 19,023. T - 1:52.


DENVER (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Ellis 34 5-11 2-2 0-4 4 1 12 Battie 31 4-9 0-0 0-4 4 4 8 D Garrett 26 2-3 0-0 2-5 2 2 4 Jackson 35 9-16 0-0 2-4 4 1 18 Washington 37 6-11 0-0 0-2 6 1 14 Newman 20 4-8 1-2 0-2 1 3 9 Fortson 19 0-3 0-0 3-6 1 3 0 Goldwire 16 4-5 2-2 0-0 2 0 10 Wolf 20 1-2 0-0 1-3 2 2 2 K Garris 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 H Ellis DNP - coach's decision Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-69 5-6 8-31 26 17 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Battie 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Washington 2-4, Newman 0-2, K Garris 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Washington, Fortson). Turnovers: 24 (Wolf 5, Newman 4, D Garrett 3, Washington 3, Battie 2, L Ellis 2, Fortson, Goldwire, Jackson). Steals: 10 (L Ellis 3, Washington 3, Newman 2, Battie, Jackson).

PHOENIX (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 28 5-9 0-0 8-9 1 3 10 Mcdyess 39 9-15 6-7 3-7 2 1 24 Robinson 35 5-13 5-7 0-3 1 2 15 Chapman 30 4-9 0-0 1-3 5 1 8 Kidd 32 2-8 2-2 0-0 10 0 7 Nash 32 3-5 2-2 1-7 5 1 10 Manning 20 5-9 0-0 0-2 2 1 10 Mccloud 8 0-2 2-2 0-1 0 0 2 Ceballos 12 2-7 0-0 1-1 2 1 4 Milic 2 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 Thompson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 18-22 14-33 28 10 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Robinson 0-1, Chapman 0-2, Kidd 1-4, Nash 2-3, Mccloud 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcdyess, Robinson, Manning). Turnovers: 13 (Kidd 3, Robinson 3, Bryant, Ceballos, Chapman, Mccloud, Milic, Nash). Steals: 13 (Nash 4, Chapman 2, Kidd 2, Manning 2, Bryant, Ceballos, Mcdyess). ____________________________________________ Denver 20 20 22 15 - 77 Phoenix 33 23 14 23 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 1:52. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Joe Borgia, Tommie Wood.


GAME RECAP

The Denver Nuggets showed very little heart in matching the single-season futility mark with their 23rd straight defeat, trailing for the last 3 1/2 quarters en route to a 93-77 loss to the Phoenix Suns, who had five players score in double figures.

The Nuggets fell to 0-22 on the road in matching the 23-game slide compiled by the Vancouver Grizzlies from February 16th-April 2nd, 1996. Brian Winters, who coached the Grizzlies during that slide, is a Nuggets assistant.

"I dislike losing," said Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik. "What I look for is to see improvement from our individuals and as a team. We're starting to see that."

The overall NBA record for consecutive losses is 24, held by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who dropped the final 19 games of the 1981-82 season and the first five of the following campaign. On Saturday, the Nuggets (2-38) visit the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the teams they have beaten.

Former Nugget Antonio McDyess had a season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds and Cliff Robinson added 15 points for the Suns, who took an 18-16 lead on a lay-in by Robinson with 6:05 to play in the first quarter and never looked back.

"I think about five guys (on Denver) came up to me and said, 'it was miserable,' and that was while we were playing," said McDyess. "LaPhonso (Ellis) is really the one down. I don't know how much different it would be if I was still there, but I really feel for them."

Mark Bryant, Steve Nash and Danny Manning each had 10 points for the Suns, who were actually outshot by Denver, 51 percent (35-of-69) to 46 percent (36-of-78). Jason Kidd chipped in with seven points and 10 assists for Phoenix, which committed just 12 turnovers to 24 by the Nuggets.

"You think about it, (and) it shouldn't feel that great to beat a team like that," said Nash. "But I feel it is, because you think contrarily how bad it would have felt to lose, so tonight was a big game."

The big difference was at the foul line. Phoenix made 18-of-22 attempts, led by McDyess, who hit 6-of-7 and spent more time at the stripe than his old club, which managed just 5-of-6 from the line.

Rookies Bobby Jackson and Eric Washington led the Nuggets, scoring 18 and 14 points, respectively.

"I just continue to work on my game and try to get better every day," Jackson said. "Just to make myself and my teammates better. I just want to be one of the best players in the league.

"If I give up now, then what's the use of my being in this league," he continued. "That's just how I am, I'm driven. I just got to look at the bright side. I think about if I wasn't here. For all I know I could be a bum on the streets. That kind of stuff motivates me to keep working hard."

Denver narrowed the gap to 70-62 after three periods, but Nash nailed a three-pointer, Cedric Ceballos sank a lay-in and Rex Chapman drained a 10-footer as the Suns ended the threat with an 8-0 burst to start the fourth period.

Denver led briefly in the first quarter when Ellis made a lay-in to give the Nuggets a 14-12 edge with 8:01 remaining.

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