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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- GOLDEN STATE 20 24 20 20 84 DENVER 27 17 32 20 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: GSW - ERICK DAMPIER 22, ANTAWN JAMISON 14, CHRIS MILLS 12 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 25, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 20, DANNY FORTSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: GSW - ERICK DAMPIER 13, DONYELL MARSHALL 8 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 10, DANNY FORTSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: GSW - JOHN STARKS 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 13, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 6

ATT: 11,317


Extended Box

GOLDEN STATE (84) AT DENVER (96)

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

CAFFEY F 20 2-4 0-2 2 0 2 1 4 1 3 4 JAMISON F 30 4-10 6-6 3 3 6 0 4 2 3 14 DAMPIER C 39 7-11 8-12 5 8 13 3 2 0 2 22 COLES G 31 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 6 STARKS G 36 3-12 3-3 1 3 4 5 0 2 3 11 BOGUES 10 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 2 6 CUMMINGS 15 1-5 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 DELK 7 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 0 2 2 FOYLE 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 MARSHALL 16 1-5 0-0 2 6 8 0 4 1 1 3 MILLS 28 3-9 6-7 0 7 7 2 4 0 0 12 SPENCER 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0

TOTALS 240 28-71 25-32 14 32 46 19 26 8 19 84 (.394) (.781) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(19 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 44 7-17 11-15 3 7 10 2 2 4 2 25 STITH F 28 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 1 1 10 FORTSON C 30 5-8 5-6 2 6 8 1 3 0 2 15 BILLUPS G 36 7-11 4-4 1 2 3 6 2 2 1 20 VAN EXEL G 39 3-13 2-2 0 5 5 13 0 1 2 9 HERRERA 22 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 4 1 0 4 TAYLOR 15 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 4 1 0 5 WASHINGTON 23 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 2 3 6 E WILLIAMS 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION K MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-72 24-29 8 25 33 28 21 12 11 96 (.458) (.828) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(18 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE 20 24 20 20 - 84 DENVER 27 17 32 20 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: GOLDEN STATE - DAMPIER 3, JAMISON 2. DENVER - MCDYESS 6, FORTSON 2, WASHINGTON, BILLUPS, HERRERA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: GOLDEN STATE 3-15 (.200), JAMISON 0-1, COLES 0-1, STARKS 2-5, DELK 0-3, MARSHALL 1-2, MILLS 0-3. DENVER 6-18 (.333), STITH 0-2, BILLUPS 2-4, VAN EXEL 1-6, TAYLOR 1-2, WASHINGTON 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, TED BERNHARDT, JIM KINSEY. A - 11,317. T - 2:07.


Box Score

GOLDEN STATE (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Caffey 20 2-4 0-2 2-2 1 4 4 Jamison 30 4-10 6-6 3-6 0 4 14 Dampier 39 7-11 8-12 5-13 3 2 22 Coles 31 3-8 0-0 0-2 3 2 6 Starks 36 3-12 3-3 1-4 5 0 11 Bogues 10 3-3 0-0 0-1 3 0 6 Cummings 15 1-5 2-2 0-0 0 3 4 Delk 7 1-4 0-0 1-1 2 1 2 Foyle 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Marshall 16 1-5 0-0 2-8 0 4 3 Mills 28 3-9 6-7 0-7 2 4 12 Spencer 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-71 25-32 14-46 19 26 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Jamison 0-1, Coles 0-1, Starks 2-5, Delk 0-3, Marshall 1-2, Mills 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Dampier 3, Jamison 2). Turnovers: 20 (Caffey 3, Jamison 3, Starks 3, Bogues 2, Coles 2, Dampier 2, Delk 2, Cummings, Marshall). Steals: 8 (Jamison 2, Starks 2, Caffey, Foyle, Marshall, Spencer).

DENVER (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 44 7-17 11-15 3-10 2 2 25 Stith 28 5-9 0-0 0-1 4 1 10 Fortson 30 5-8 5-6 2-8 1 3 15 Billups 36 7-11 4-4 1-3 6 2 20 Van Exel 39 3-13 2-2 0-5 13 0 9 Herrera 22 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 4 4 Taylor 15 1-4 2-2 0-1 1 4 5 Washington 23 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 5 6 E Williams 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Meyer DNP - coach's decision K Mccarty DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 24-29 8-33 28 21 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Stith 0-2, Billups 2-4, Van Exel 1-6, Taylor 1-2, Washington 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 11 (Mcdyess 6, Fortson 2, Washington, Billups, Herrera). Turnovers: 11 (Washington 3, Fortson 2, Mcdyess 2, Van Exel 2, Billups, Stith). Steals: 12 (Mcdyess 4, Billups 2, Washington 2, Herrera, Stith, Taylor, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Golden State 20 24 20 20 - 84 Denver 27 17 32 20 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,317. T: 2:07. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Ted Bernhardt, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets won one from the heart.

After dedicating the rest of the season to the students killed in the shootings at Columbine High School in nearby Littleton, Colorado, the Nuggets recorded a 96-84 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The Nuggets, who postponed Tuesday's contest against Portland, held a moment of silence before the game and wore black armbands in honor of the individuals who lost their lives.

Denver team chaplain Bo Mitchell led both teams and the fans in prayer prior to the start of the game.

It was the first professional sporting event here since Tuesday's tragedy. The Colorado Rockies postponed games against the Montreal Expos on Tuesday and Wednesday while the Colorado Avalanche will open the Stanley Cup playoffs in San Jose on Saturday, three days later than scheduled.

Antonio McDyess scored 25 points and Chauncey Billups added 20 for the Nuggets, who defeated Golden State for the first time in three meetings this season.

"It was pretty sad during the National Anthem," McDyess said. "I kept thinking about the parents and them losing their children for no reason. It was also sad with the prayer before the game. We wanted to show them we cared. We're playing the rest of these games for the people affected by this tragedy."

"It was good for the people of Colorado to have 2 1/2 hours to not have to think about the things that have happened," Billups added. "We came out with fire. I can't wait until the NBA gets back to normal."

Denver outscored the Warriors, 32-20, in the third quarter to take a 76-64 lead into the final period. The Nuggets opened an 86-67 cushion on McDyess' three-point play with 6:38 remaining.

McDyess added 10 rebounds for his 25th double-double of the season, breaking his 1997-98 career high of 24. He also tied a career high with six blocks and matched a season best with four steals.

"Even though it's the end of the season, we're playing together better," McDyess said. "We don't want to be the team that lets them (Golden State) into the playoffs. We want to be the spoiler."

The loss dealt Golden State's playoff hopes a serious blow as the Warriors dropped three games behind Seattle and Sacramento for the final Western Conference spot. Golden State has just seven contests remaining.

"We didn't defend well," Golden State coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "Our effort was there and our rebounding, but our defense wasn't. We dug a big hole in the first half."

After trailing 27-20 after the first quarter, the Warriors outscored the Nuggets 24-17 in the second period to pull into a 44-44 tie at the half.

Denver opened the third period with a 13-4 spurt, taking a 57-48 lead on Bryant Stith's jumper with 7:31 left. Golden State pulled with 63-60 on rookie Antawn Jamison's layup with 4:13 remaining. But Denver finished the quarter with another 13-4 run, opening a 12-point cushion on Nick Van Exel's two free throws with two seconds to play in the session.

"That was one of our best defensive efforts," Denver coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Other than the second quarter, I thought we had a pretty good game and did more or less what we wanted to do."

Erick Dampier had 22 points and Jamison added 14 for Golden State, which pulled within 89-79 on Chris Mills' three-point play with 1:21 remaining.

"They wanted to win for the families who lost their loves ones," Golden State guard John Starks said. "We just didn't have it tonight. We just weren't into it mentally."

Denver shot 46 percent (33-of-72) from the field while holding the Warriors to only 39 percent (28-of-71). The Nuggets also converted 20 Golden State turnovers into 19 points.

"Everyone was kind of subdued before the game," D'Antoni said. "We had a job to do and we did it, but that's not going to change anything or make anybody happier."

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