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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 14 18 26 19 77 PORTLAND 29 25 23 16 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 23, DANNY FORTSON 18, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 10 POR - WALT WILLIAMS 28, ARVYDAS SABONIS 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - DANNY FORTSON 13, JOHNNY TAYLOR 12 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 9, KELVIN CATO 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 5, NICK VAN EXEL 3 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,476


Extended Box

DENVER (77) AT PORTLAND (93)

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

MCDYESS F 35 5-21 13-14 4 4 8 1 0 1 2 23 STITH F 30 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 4 FORTSON C 40 7-15 4-7 8 5 13 0 3 2 3 18 BILLUPS G 34 3-9 3-3 1 2 3 5 2 1 0 10 VAN EXEL G 37 3-9 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 1 0 7 HERRERA 7 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 TAYLOR 23 4-10 0-0 4 8 12 0 5 0 2 8 WASHINGTON 22 1-7 2-2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 E WILLIAMS 12 1-5 1-2 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 3 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION K MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-81 25-30 22 26 48 13 13 5 11 77 (.309) (.833) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

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

AUGMON F 32 4-7 0-0 4 2 6 2 1 1 1 8 B GRANT F 27 2-8 2-2 3 4 7 2 1 1 1 6 SABONIS C 25 5-8 4-4 1 8 9 3 4 0 3 14 STOUDAMIRE G 32 4-9 1-2 0 2 2 9 3 0 1 10 RIDER G 29 4-15 2-2 2 5 7 2 3 1 1 10 ONEAL 21 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 1 0 8 CATO 20 2-6 0-0 3 6 9 1 2 0 1 4 WILLIAMS 33 11-19 2-2 3 3 6 4 3 2 0 28 ANTHONY 21 1-5 2-4 0 1 1 4 2 0 1 5 JACKSON DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-84 13-16 17 33 50 27 24 6 9 93 (.440) (.813) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

DENVER 14 18 26 19 - 77 PORTLAND 29 25 23 16 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 4, BILLUPS, TAYLOR. PORTLAND - WILLIAMS 3, ONEAL 3, CATO, AUGMON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 2-13 (.154), STITH 0-1, BILLUPS 1-5, VAN EXEL 1-1, TAYLOR 0-1, WASHINGTON 0-4, E WILLIAMS 0-1. PORTLAND 6-16 (.375), STOUDAMIRE 1-4, RIDER 0-2, WILLIAMS 4-6, ANTHONY 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, JIM CAPERS, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 19,476. T - 1:58.


Box Score

DENVER (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 35 5-21 13-14 4-8 1 0 23 Stith 30 1-5 2-2 0-2 2 1 4 Fortson 40 7-15 4-7 8-13 0 3 18 Billups 34 3-9 3-3 1-3 5 2 10 Van Exel 37 3-9 0-0 1-4 3 2 7 Herrera 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Taylor 23 4-10 0-0 4-12 0 5 8 Washington 22 1-7 2-2 2-2 0 0 4 E Williams 12 1-5 1-2 1-2 2 0 3 Alexander DNP - coach's decision K Mccarty DNP - coach's decision Meyer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-81 25-30 22-48 13 13 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.309, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Stith 0-1, Billups 1-5, Van Exel 1-1, Taylor 0-1, Washington 0-4, E Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcdyess 4, Billups, Taylor). Turnovers: 11 (Fortson 3, Herrera 2, Mcdyess 2, Stith 2, Taylor 2). Steals: 5 (Fortson 2, Billups, Mcdyess, Van Exel).

PORTLAND (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 32 4-7 0-0 4-6 2 1 8 B Grant 27 2-8 2-2 3-7 2 1 6 Sabonis 25 5-8 4-4 1-9 3 4 14 Stoudamire 32 4-9 1-2 0-2 9 3 10 Rider 29 4-15 2-2 2-7 2 3 10 Oneal 21 4-7 0-0 1-3 0 5 8 Cato 20 2-6 0-0 3-9 1 2 4 Williams 33 11-19 2-2 3-6 4 3 28 Anthony 21 1-5 2-4 0-1 4 2 5 Jackson DNP - left knee tendinitis G Grant DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 13-16 17-50 27 24 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Stoudamire 1-4, Rider 0-2, Williams 4-6, Anthony 1-4). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 8 (Williams 3, Oneal 3, Cato, Augmon). Turnovers: 10 (Sabonis 3, Anthony, Augmon, B Grant, Cato, Rider, Stoudamire). Steals: 6 (Williams 2, Augmon, B Grant, Oneal, Rider). ____________________________________________ Denver 14 18 26 19 - 77 Portland 29 25 23 16 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,476. T: 1:58. Officials: Steve Javie, Jim Capers, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Walt Williams scored 28 points off the bench as the Portland Trail Blazers became the proud owners of their first Pacific Division title since 1992 with an easy 93-77 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Needing a win over the Nuggets or a loss by the Lakers at Houston entering the night, the Blazers and their fans realized they had clinched the division crown when news of the Rockets' 102-80 rout of Los Angeles was posted on the scoreboard just prior to the end of the first half.

The crowd displayed its approval with thunderous applause, but the celebration by the players was restrained as the Blazers realized that the division title is just the first step toward what they hope will be an extended postseason odyssey.

"It's great to be Pacific Division champions, but that's just the first step," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We wanted to win the division, but we also want to win the Western Conference. If we can do that, we have homecourt throughout the playoffs."

Portland has won four of its last five games and pulled within a half-game of Utah for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz suffered a stunning 99-85 home loss to Phoenix earlier in the night.

Arvydas Sabonis scored 14 points and Isaiah Rider and Damon Stoudamire added 10 apiece for the Blazers, who jumped out to a 29-14 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

"We got to take care of business and can't be conscious of anything but winning and whatever happens, happens," Rider said. If we lose, it will be a disappointing season, so we all know we have to play well in the playoffs and prove to people we're not a fluke."

Antonio McDyess collected 23 points and Danny Fortson added 18 and 13 rebounds for Denver, which fell to 2-22 on the road this season.

"Portland's got some weapons," Forston said. "They just keep coming at you. They've got a lot of players and they are all veterans. They are quick and fast when they bring in reserves."

These teams were scheduled to play last Tuesday in Denver, but that game was postponed due to the shootings at Columbine High School in nearby Littleton. The game will be made up on May 2.

Williams was 11-of-19 from the field, including a 4-of-6 performance from the beyond the arc for the Blazers, who shot 44 percent (37-of-84) and committed only 10 turnovers.

"Guys were setting screens for me and looking for me all night," Williams said. "It's just a matter of me shooting the ball a lot. I had a lot of shots tonight. The shots were falling for me and I had it in my mind that I was going to be super aggressive."

Chauncey Billups scored 10 points for the Nuggets, who shot a putrid 31 percent (25-of-81) from the field and were outrebounded, 50-48.

"We're not going to win too many games shooting 30 percent," Denver coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We're in the NBA ditch and we've got to do whatever it takes -- fight, claw, whatever. Sure we're losing, but we can't accept that."

The Blazers were without guard Jim Jackson, who sat out with tendinitis of his left knee. Reserve forward Rasheed Wallace, who is averaging 13.0 points per contest, was healthy but did not play.

"We did it without two of our players," Dunleavy added. "We knew going into the game, we'd be without Jimmy and Rasheed. Jimmy had a little tendinitis in the knee and Rasheed told me he'd rather not go unless needed. We felt we would dress Rasheed in case our big guys got in foul trouble."

Billups' 3-pointer with 6:24 left in the first quarter forged an 8-8 tie, but the Blazers responded with an 11-2 run to move ahead for good.

Sabonis made a pair of free throws, Stacey Augmon a layup and Stoudamire drained a running jumper to give Portland a 14-8 lead with 4:48 left.

McDyess sank an eight-footer before Sabonis hit a short jumper and Williams capped the spurt with a 3-pointer with 3:23 to go that made it 19-10.

The division title is the fourth in franchise history for the Blazers.

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