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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- GOLDEN STATE 24 21 26 18 89 DENVER 31 20 21 25 97 FINAL


GOLDEN STATE (89) AT DENVER (97)

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

MARSHALL F 24 4-8 0-0 2 0 2 2 2 2 1 10 WEATHERSPOON F 31 6-11 1-1 3 4 7 2 3 1 4 13 DAMPIER C 37 4-9 8-13 6 5 11 2 6 0 0 16 BOGUES G 31 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 6 1 0 2 8 JACKSON G 41 7-17 8-8 2 4 6 2 1 0 2 22 CAFFEY 25 3-8 3-4 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 9 DELK 21 2-8 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 4 5 MADKINS 15 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 FULLER 5 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 FERRELL 10 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 4 FOYLE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-74 24-30 15 20 35 18 20 4 15 89 (.419) (.800) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

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

FORTSON F 25 3-8 5-6 0 6 6 2 5 0 3 11 L ELLIS F 37 7-15 7-7 0 2 2 1 3 1 3 21 D GARRETT C 32 3-5 5-6 3 5 8 3 3 1 0 11 GOLDWIRE G 39 6-8 2-4 0 2 2 4 1 4 1 15 ALEXANDER G 39 5-6 0-0 0 4 4 7 2 3 3 13 WOLF 14 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 NEWMAN 31 6-13 9-11 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 22 JACKSON 17 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 0 0 2 BATTIE 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION STITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION WASHINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-62 28-34 4 23 27 22 20 11 11 97 (.516) (.824) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE 24 21 26 18 - 89 DENVER 31 20 21 25 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: GOLDEN STATE - FERRELL 2, MARSHALL, JACKSON. DENVER - D GARRETT 4, L ELLIS 2, FORTSON, ALEXANDER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: GOLDEN STATE 3-5 (.600), MARSHALL 2-3, JACKSON 0-1, DELK 1-1. DENVER 5-9 (.556), L ELLIS 0-1, GOLDWIRE 1-2, ALEXANDER 3-4, NEWMAN 1-1, BATTIE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JOE BORGIA, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 11,227. T - 2:10.


GOLDEN STATE (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marshall 24 4-8 0-0 2-2 2 2 10 Weatherspoon 31 6-11 1-1 3-7 2 3 13 Dampier 37 4-9 8-13 6-11 2 6 16 Bogues 31 3-7 2-2 0-1 6 1 8 Jackson 41 7-17 8-8 2-6 2 1 22 Caffey 25 3-8 3-4 1-2 2 2 9 Delk 21 2-8 0-0 0-4 1 1 5 Madkins 15 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Fuller 5 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Ferrell 10 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 2 4 Foyle DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 24-30 15-35 18 20 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-5, .600 (Marshall 2-3, Jackson 0-1, Delk 1-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Ferrell 2, Marshall, Jackson). Turnovers: 15 (Delk 4, Weatherspoon 4, Bogues 2, Caffey 2, Jackson 2, Marshall). Steals: 4 (Marshall 2, Ferrell, Weatherspoon).

DENVER (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fortson 25 3-8 5-6 0-6 2 5 11 L Ellis 37 7-15 7-7 0-2 1 3 21 D Garrett 32 3-5 5-6 3-8 3 3 11 Goldwire 39 6-8 2-4 0-2 4 1 15 Alexander 39 5-6 0-0 0-4 7 2 13 Wolf 14 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Newman 31 6-13 9-11 1-1 2 1 22 Jackson 17 1-4 0-0 0-3 2 3 2 Battie 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Stith DNP - coach's decision Washington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-62 28-34 4-27 22 20 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.516, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (L Ellis 0-1, Goldwire 1-2, Alexander 3-4, Newman 1-1, Battie 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (D Garrett 4, L Ellis 2, Fortson, Alexander). Turnovers: 11 (Alexander 3, Fortson 3, L Ellis 3, Goldwire, Newman). Steals: 11 (Goldwire 4, Alexander 3, Battie, D Garrett, L Ellis, Newman). ____________________________________________ Golden State 24 21 26 18 - 89 Denver 31 20 21 25 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,227. T: 2:10. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Joe Borgia, Bennie Adams.


GAME RECAP

Johnny Newman scored 22 points in 31 minutes off the bench as the Denver Nuggets snapped a four-game losing streak and averted setting an NBA single-season record for futility with a 97-89 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The win gives the Nuggets a 9-62 record, assuring Denver that it will finish no worse than tied with the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers (9-73) for the worst record in NBA history. The Nuggets, who earlier this season tied an NBA record with a 23-game losing streak, have won three of their last eight games.

LaPhonso Ellis added 21 points and Anthony Goldwire 15 for the Nuggets, who never trailed while snapping a six-game losing streak against the Warriors. Denver's last win against Golden State was on November 8th, 1996.

"They made a run at us but we were able to clamp down on defense and come out with the win," Denver coach Bill Hanzlik said. "Our veterans made the plays down the stretch and Goldwire's three-pointer at the end was huge. Golden State's not a great offensive team but they can score and they pound on you."

Jim Jackson had 22 points and Erick Dampier 16 and 11 rebounds for Golden State, which was coming off a win over Seattle that ended an eight-game skid. The Warriors were attempting to win back-to-back games for the first time since February 18th and 20th.

Although outrebounded by Golden State 35-27, the Nuggets outshot the Warriors from the field 52 percent (32-for-62) to 42 percent (31-for-74) and connected on 28-of-34 free throw attempts.

Led by 15 points from Ellis and 61 percent (11-for-18) shooting, the Nuggets grabbed a 31-24 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Denver increased the lead to 48-37 at the 4:23 mark of the second quarter after Goldwire hit a fastbreak layup, but the Warriors cut the deficit to 51-45 at the break.

The Nuggets opened the third quarter on a 12-5 spurt, with a free throw by Goldwire capping pushing Denver's lead to 63-50. The Warriors didn't fold though and when Duane Ferrell hit a layup with just under 17 seconds left in the quarter, Golden State was within 72-71.

The score was tied three times in the fourth quarter, the last at 85-85 with 2:48 remaining following a layup by Dampier.

Dean Garrett then hit three straight free throws and Goldwire gave Denver some breathing room with a three-pointer, making it 91-87 Denver with 1:09 left.

"We're going to take a day off and enjoy the win. It's time for us to end our year on a positive note," Goldwire said. "We played good defense and especially picked it up in the end. I just wanted to make a difference, with whatever was needed, points, assists or leading the fast break."

Dampier's jumper with 41 seconds left drew the Warriors to within 91-89, but the Nuggets answered by scoring the last six points of the game, with layups by Ellis and Goldwire and a pair of free throws by Garrett.

"Goldwire's three was a hell of a shot and we dug ourselves a seven-point hole in the first quarter," Golden State coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We got a lift from our bench and we got back into it a couple of times, but I thought not defending in the first quarter hurt us. Denver stepped up and made the plays."

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