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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 26 30 22 21 99 LA CLIPPERS 15 23 15 28 81 FINAL


DENVER (99) AT LA CLIPPERS (81)

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

BATTIE F 22 5-7 3-6 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 13 L ELLIS F 34 5-13 1-4 3 5 8 2 2 0 1 12 D GARRETT C 33 5-8 2-2 5 10 15 1 3 0 2 12 NEWMAN G 38 3-9 13-14 0 2 2 0 3 1 3 19 JACKSON G 32 1-8 2-2 1 4 5 4 2 3 2 4 GOLDWIRE 29 6-8 8-10 0 1 1 2 4 1 1 20 FORTSON 23 6-8 3-4 6 1 7 1 5 1 2 15 WOLF 15 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 2 0 0 H ELLIS 14 2-3 0-2 0 0 0 1 3 3 0 4 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WASHINGTON DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 33-65 32-44 16 27 43 12 27 12 11 99 (.508) (.727) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(22 PTS)

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

MURRAY F 30 2-9 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 1 4 4 ROGERS F 37 3-10 4-4 4 1 5 3 0 0 0 10 VRANKOVIC C 17 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 4 PIATKOWSKI G 35 3-8 5-6 1 2 3 0 2 2 3 13 MARTIN G 31 5-11 4-4 0 0 0 4 5 2 5 14 CLOSS 10 1-2 3-4 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 5 TAYLOR 21 4-11 3-5 4 1 5 0 5 0 0 11 WRIGHT 25 2-5 3-4 3 5 8 1 2 0 0 7 ROBINSON 17 3-6 4-4 0 1 1 0 4 0 3 11 COLLINS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RICHARDSON 13 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 BARRY DNP - PLANTAR FASCIAITIS

TOTALS 240 26-70 26-31 15 19 34 12 28 6 16 81 (.371) (.839) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(26 PTS)

DENVER 26 30 22 21 - 99 LA CLIPPERS 15 23 15 28 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - BATTIE 4, D GARRETT 2, L ELLIS. LA CLIPPERS - VRANKOVIC 2, CLOSS, WRIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 1-8 (.125), L ELLIS 1-4, NEWMAN 0-1, JACKSON 0-2, GOLDWIRE 0-1. LA CLIPPERS 3-9 (.333), ROGERS 0-1, PIATKOWSKI 2-4, MARTIN 0-2, ROBINSON 1-2. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JOE DEROSA, DEE KANTNER. A - 7,614. T - 2:09.


DENVER (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 22 5-7 3-6 0-2 0 4 13 L Ellis 34 5-13 1-4 3-8 2 2 12 D Garrett 33 5-8 2-2 5-15 1 3 12 Newman 38 3-9 13-14 0-2 0 3 19 Jackson 32 1-8 2-2 1-5 4 2 4 Goldwire 29 6-8 8-10 0-1 2 4 20 Fortson 23 6-8 3-4 6-7 1 5 15 Wolf 15 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 1 0 H Ellis 14 2-3 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 K Garris DNP - coach's decision Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Washington DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-65 32-44 16-43 12 27 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.508, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (L Ellis 1-4, Newman 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Goldwire 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Battie 4, D Garrett 2, L Ellis). Turnovers: 14 (Newman 3, D Garrett 2, Fortson 2, Jackson 2, Goldwire, L Ellis). Steals: 12 (H Ellis 3, Jackson 3, Wolf 2, Battie, Fortson, Goldwire, Newman).

LA CLIPPERS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 30 2-9 0-0 1-4 2 3 4 Rogers 37 3-10 4-4 4-5 3 0 10 Vrankovic 17 2-4 0-0 1-4 0 3 4 Piatkowski 35 3-8 5-6 1-3 0 2 13 Martin 31 5-11 4-4 0-0 4 5 14 Closs 10 1-2 3-4 1-3 0 1 5 Taylor 21 4-11 3-5 4-5 0 5 11 Wright 25 2-5 3-4 3-8 1 2 7 Robinson 17 3-6 4-4 0-1 0 4 11 Collins 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Richardson 13 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 Barry DNP - plantar fasciaitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-70 26-31 15-34 12 28 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.839. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Rogers 0-1, Piatkowski 2-4, Martin 0-2, Robinson 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Vrankovic 2, Closs, Wright). Turnovers: 16 (Martin 5, Murray 4, Piatkowski 3, Robinson 3, Richardson). Steals: 6 (Martin 2, Piatkowski 2, Murray, Richardson). ____________________________________________ Denver 26 30 22 21 - 99 La Clippers 15 23 15 28 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:19 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 7,614. T: 2:09. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Joe Derosa, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

The Denver Nuggets ended the longest single-season losing streak in NBA history at 23 games as Anthony Goldwire came off the bench to match a career high with 20 points and Johnny Newman added 19 in a 99-81 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rookie Danny Fortson scored 15 points as Denver placed six players in double figures and won for the first time since a 100-92 home victory over the Clippers on December 7th. The Nuggets tied the record for most consecutive defeats in one season, set by the Vancouver Grizzlies from February 16th-April 2nd, 1996, after they were routed Friday at Phoenix, 93-77.

"It's the greatest feeling to know that we're not the ultimate losers," Fortson said. "We really wanted this more than any game we played all year. It's a blessing, it's like getting a monkey, no a gorilla off your back. It's like something you've been waiting for for a while. You knew you deserved it but it never happened before. We're just happy we went out there and capitalized on the opportunity. No one on this team wanted any part of a team known in history that lost more games than anybody in pro sports."

Dean Garrett grabbed 15 boards as the Nuggets, outrebounded the Clippers 43-34.

"The record is kind of misleading," Garrett said. "With a record like that a team gets down on itself. This is the first night in a long time that we actually played like a team. Scoring was down and that's what wins games."

Los Angeles coach Bill Fitch, who needs one more victory to tie Red Auerbach for second place on the all-time list with 938, gave Denver rookie guard Bobby Jackson the ball at the end of the game to give to coach Bill Hanzlik.

"I've been there," said Fitch about the losing streak. "To go through that many losses somebody ought to give you something. If we play many more games like we played tonight we'll have our own streak going."

Darrick Martin scored 14 points and Eric Piatkowski added 13 for the Clippers, who shot 37 percent (26-for-70) in losing their fourth straight game.

"It's terrible absolutely terrible," said Piatkowski. "It's extremely embarrassing especially on your home floor to get beat by that many points. There's no excuse for that at all. Not to mention they outhustled us they beat us to every loose ball they outrebounded us. I don't know what the hell happened. They're not a bad team but we shouldn't lose on our home court like that."

Denver trailed 9-4 with 9:07 left in the opening quarter after Stojko Vrankovic's dunk. But Newman's jumper sparked a 15-0 burst and Tony Battie added seven points as part of a 22-6 closing run to give Denver a 26-15 advantage after one period. During the run the Nuggets hit 9-of-12 shots while the Clippers missed eight straight and connected on just 25 perecnt (5-for-20) for the quarter.

The Nuggets did not let up in the second period. Fortson scored nine points and Goldwire added six as the lead ballooned to 56-36 on a pair of free throws by Battie with 6.9 seconds left before the break.

Battie had 13, while LaPhonso Ellis and Goldwire added 10 apiece for the Nuggets, who shot 51 percent from the floor in the first half.

"Thank God all mighty it's sure nice to win a game," said Denver coach Bill Hanzlik. "Tonight was the first night we put everything together. I'm elated, I'm excited, I'm pumped up. We got some things out of players that we haven't gotten all year but I believed all along they could do. Goldy was awesome, Battie played a great game. Danny Fortson had his best game, Dean Garret played well. We had so many guys that played well and that's what you have to do to win."

The Clippers chipped away at a 20-point deficit and closed within 64-52 on Martin's jumper with 3:41 remaining in the third quarter. But Fortson had six points while Goldwire and former Clipper Harold Ellis scored four apiece as the Nuggets ended the period with a 14-1 surge for a 78-53 cushion.

The Nuggets took their biggest lead, 83-57, when Goldwire sank three free throws with 10:58 remaining.

Denver avoided matching the longest losing streak in league history, set by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who dropped the final 19 games of the 1981-82 season and the first five of the following campaign.

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