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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 23 21 26 28 98 DENVER 18 32 27 33 110 FINAL


DALLAS (98) AT DENVER (110)

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

FINLEY F 44 12-26 12-14 2 4 6 5 2 5 1 38 SCOTT F 36 7-17 1-2 2 2 4 4 4 0 2 17 BRADLEY C 25 1-10 2-2 1 5 6 1 3 0 1 4 STRICKLAND G 30 4-8 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 1 2 9 DAVIS G 47 7-14 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 1 1 16 RILEY 11 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 GREEN 29 2-6 0-2 6 2 8 0 0 0 2 4 REEVES 16 2-3 4-4 1 1 2 2 2 1 4 8 ANSTEY 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MUURSEPP DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALKER DNP - SORE RIGHT FOOT WELLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-87 19-24 15 21 36 17 15 8 14 98 (.414) (.792) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

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

BATTIE F 27 8-14 3-7 5 2 7 2 4 2 4 19 L ELLIS F 33 4-11 4-4 4 10 14 5 2 1 2 13 D GARRETT C 31 7-12 1-1 3 6 9 4 1 0 1 15 JACKSON G 38 10-19 0-0 1 10 11 4 3 4 3 20 WASHINGTON G 26 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 0 2 2 NEWMAN 32 8-16 4-4 0 0 0 4 3 0 2 21 FORTSON 9 1-2 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 0 4 2 GOLDWIRE 27 6-7 1-1 0 1 1 5 1 3 1 14 WOLF 10 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 H ELLIS 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 47-88 13-17 15 36 51 29 24 10 20 110 (.534) (.765) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

DALLAS 23 21 26 28 - 98 DENVER 18 32 27 33 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - SCOTT 2, FINLEY, STRICKLAND, DAVIS, GREEN. DENVER - D GARRETT 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-17 (.412), FINLEY 2-4, SCOTT 2-7, STRICKLAND 1-2, DAVIS 2-4. DENVER 3-10 (.300), L ELLIS 1-2, JACKSON 0-1, WASHINGTON 0-1, NEWMAN 1-3, GOLDWIRE 1-2, WOLF 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - BRADLEY, DENVER - FORTSON. OFFICIALS: SCOTT FOSTER, TONY BROTHERS, JACK NIES. A - 12,531. T - 1:57.


DALLAS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 44 12-26 12-14 2-6 5 2 38 Scott 36 7-17 1-2 2-4 4 4 17 Bradley 25 1-10 2-2 1-6 1 3 4 Strickland 30 4-8 0-0 2-5 0 1 9 Davis 47 7-14 0-0 0-3 5 1 16 Riley 11 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Green 29 2-6 0-2 6-8 0 0 4 Reeves 16 2-3 4-4 1-2 2 2 8 Anstey 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Muursepp DNP - coach's decision Walker DNP - sore right foot Wells DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-87 19-24 15-36 17 15 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Finley 2-4, Scott 2-7, Strickland 1-2, Davis 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Scott 2, Finley, Strickland, Davis, Green). Turnovers: 14 (Reeves 4, Green 2, Scott 2, Strickland 2, Bradley, Davis, Finley, Riley). Steals: 8 (Finley 5, Davis, Reeves, Strickland).

DENVER (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 27 8-14 3-7 5-7 2 4 19 L Ellis 33 4-11 4-4 4-14 5 2 13 D Garrett 31 7-12 1-1 3-9 4 1 15 Jackson 38 10-19 0-0 1-11 4 3 20 Washington 26 1-4 0-0 0-2 4 2 2 Newman 32 8-16 4-4 0-0 4 3 21 Fortson 9 1-2 0-0 1-5 1 3 2 Goldwire 27 6-7 1-1 0-1 5 1 14 Wolf 10 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 H Ellis 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 K Garris DNP - coach's decision Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-88 13-17 15-51 29 24 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.534, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (L Ellis 1-2, Jackson 0-1, Washington 0-1, Newman 1-3, Goldwire 1-2, Wolf 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (D Garrett 2). Turnovers: 20 (Battie 4, Fortson 4, Jackson 3, L Ellis 2, Newman 2, Washington 2, D Garrett, Goldwire, Wolf). Steals: 10 (Jackson 4, Goldwire 3, Battie 2, L Ellis). ____________________________________________ Dallas 23 21 26 28 - 98 Denver 18 32 27 33 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Bradley, 1:06 3rd). Denver 1 (Fortson, 1:06 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Denver 1 (Fortson (ejected), 1:06 3rd). A: 12,531. T: 1:57. Officials: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Jack Nies.


GAME RECAP

The Denver Nuggets snapped a franchise-record 11-game home losing streak and won for just the fourth time in 44 games this season with a 110-98 triumph over the Dallas Mavericks in a matchup of the league's worst teams.

Johnny Newman scored 21 points and rookie Bobby Jackson added 20 and 11 rebounds as Denver avenged a 108-90 defeat in Dallas on January 6th which ended the Mavericks' 15-game skid.

The Nuggets have won as many times in the past week -- twice in four games -- as they had in the first 40 games of the season. They earned a 99-81 victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles exactly one week ago that snapped a record-tying 23-game losing streak.

The Clippers also were the victims in Denver's last win at McNichols Arena, a 100-92 victory on December 7th. The Nuggets still own the NBA's worst road mark (3-18) and overall record.

"A lot of guys in here are happy to win and it gives us something good to talk about," Jackson said. "I come out and play hard and tough every night and I think that we can beat anybody. That's just me, that's the way I think."

Michael Finley poured in 38 points, one shy of his career high set earlier this week, as the Mavericks dropped their 18th straight road game. Dallas, which lost to Denver for just the second time in the last nine games, holds the NBA's second-worst record (8-36).

"When you're in the situation they're in, you look at the standings and see a game like this as one you can win," Finley said. "We didn't match their intensity. They're struggling and we're struggling and we should have had this game. As a team, we should feel embarassed."

Finley scored went for 17 points in the fourth quarter and single-handedly rallied the Mavs within striking distance, but the Nuggets used a 20-5 burst down the stretch to seal the victory.

Dallas trailed 77-70 after three quarters and came as close as one point in the final period, but was unable to grab the lead. Finley drained a 15-footer to cut the deficit to 79-77 with 9:09 remaining and was the only Maverick to score over the next 7:20.

Finley's driving layup pulled Dallas within 80-79, but Jackson answered with a jumper to keep the Nuggets in front. A three-pointer by Finley with 6:22 left made it 86-83, but he managed just two free throws over the next 3:44 and Denver reeled off the decisive run.

Dean Garrett, who had 15 points and nine boards, hit a 13-footer to spark the burst and later converted a three-point play to build the lead to 93-84. Jackson made back-to-back baskets on the break before Newman, Anthony Goldwire and LaPhonso Ellis drained consecutive three-pointers to cap the run, creating a 106-88 cushion.

"We were hanging tough and then finished it in the end," Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik said. "It was fun tonight because we got out and ran."

Ellis posted his first double-double of the season, recording 13 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and Goldwire chipped in 14 points off the bench.

Rookie Tony Battie scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half and grabbed seven rebounds for Denver, which had a 51-36 edge on the boards and shot a season-best 53 percent (47-of-88). The Nuggets' 60 second-half points were also a season high.

"Collectively, we played outstanding ball and got scoring throughout. We also played good defense," Battie said. "They did play well throughout the game, but with our balanced scoring and good defense, we were definitely ready."

The victory obviously provided plenty of excitement for the home fans of Denver, but possibly the biggest crowd reaction came with 1:06 left in the third quarter when Nuggets rookie Danny Fortson got involved in an altercation. Jackson was fouled hard going to the basket by Mavs center Shawn Bradley, who was grabbed from behind by Fortson and slammed to the floor. Fortson was ejected after receiving a flagrant-2 foul.

Finley was 12-of-14 from the line, setting a career high for free throws made. He had six rebounds, five assists and five steals. Dennis Scott contributed 17 points and Hubert Davis added 16 for the Mavs, who shot 41 percent (36-of-87).

"My team gave me everything they had and I coached the best I could, but they countered everything we did," Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. "Let's face it, they played well. They got in the open court, controlled the boards and made us play from behind."

Denver took the lead for good with a 9-2 spurt late in the second period. A free throw by Scott gave Dallas its last lead, 40-39, with 3:28 to go. Goldwire sparked the run with a jumper and later added a fast-break layup before Newman capped it with a dunk for a 48-42 edge with 58 seconds left.

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