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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 20 12 29 22 83 PORTLAND 27 22 26 20 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 17, NICK VAN EXEL 16, RON MERCER 15 POR - STEVE SMITH 22, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 18, DETLEF SCHREMPF 17

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 8, KEON CLARK 7 POR - DETLEF SCHREMPF 8, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 7, GREG ANTHONY 5

ATT: 19,995


Extended Box

DENVER (83) AT PORTLAND (95)

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

MCDYESS F 28 3-8 5-6 3 5 8 2 5 0 4 11 POSEY F 23 1-5 1-2 0 5 5 2 1 0 2 3 LAFRENTZ C 34 6-10 2-3 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 17 MERCER G 34 6-13 3-3 0 3 3 1 3 0 4 15 VAN EXEL G 35 7-16 1-1 0 3 3 9 1 2 4 16 MCCLOUD 20 1-4 0-1 1 2 3 0 1 1 2 2 CLARK 20 3-5 0-1 3 4 7 1 3 2 1 6 BOWEN 14 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 ROGERS 14 0-5 0-0 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 ALEXANDER 13 3-4 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 1 3 9 TAYLOR 5 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 STITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-74 14-19 9 28 37 19 23 8 21 83 (.432) (.737) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 22(29 PTS)

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

SCHREMPF F 34 7-12 3-6 1 7 8 4 2 0 3 17 PIPPEN F 33 6-11 5-10 1 6 7 4 3 2 3 18 WALLACE C 16 0-4 2-2 1 0 1 0 5 1 3 2 STOUDAMIRE G 31 4-12 0-0 1 5 6 7 2 1 0 8 SMITH G 29 8-14 4-6 0 2 2 2 0 1 1 22 AUGMON 12 0-1 0-0 3 1 4 1 1 1 1 0 ONEAL 22 1-2 1-2 3 2 5 1 4 0 3 3 WELLS 22 4-10 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 2 8 SABONIS 21 4-7 2-2 2 3 5 0 0 3 3 10 ANTHONY 17 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 1 0 7 HARVEY 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 17-28 14 29 43 24 21 10 19 95 (.474) (.607) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 19(17 PTS)

DENVER 20 12 29 22 - 83 PORTLAND 27 22 26 20 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 4, LAFRENTZ, CLARK, ROGERS. PORTLAND - SCHREMPF 2, PIPPEN, SABONIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 5-10 (.500), LAFRENTZ 3-3, VAN EXEL 1-3, MCCLOUD 0-2, ALEXANDER 1-2. PORTLAND 4-11 (.364), SCHREMPF 0-1, PIPPEN 1-1, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, SMITH 2-4, WELLS 0-1, ANTHONY 1-3. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, ANTHONY. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, TED BERNHARDT, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 19,995. T - 2:05.


Box Score

DENVER (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 28 3-8 5-6 3-8 2 5 11 Posey 23 1-5 1-2 0-5 2 1 3 Lafrentz 34 6-10 2-3 0-1 2 2 17 Mercer 34 6-13 3-3 0-3 1 3 15 Van Exel 35 7-16 1-1 0-3 9 1 16 Mccloud 20 1-4 0-1 1-3 0 1 2 Clark 20 3-5 0-1 3-7 1 3 6 Bowen 14 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 Rogers 14 0-5 0-0 2-4 1 0 0 Alexander 13 3-4 2-2 0-2 0 3 9 Taylor 5 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Stith DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-74 14-19 9-37 19 23 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Lafrentz 3-3, Van Exel 1-3, Mccloud 0-2, Alexander 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 7 (Mcdyess 4, Lafrentz, Clark, Rogers). Turnovers: 22 (Mcdyess 4, Mercer 4, Van Exel 4, Alexander 3, Mccloud 2, Posey 2, Clark, Lafrentz). Steals: 8 (Clark 2, Lafrentz 2, Van Exel 2, Alexander, Mccloud).

PORTLAND (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 34 7-12 3-6 1-8 4 2 17 Pippen 33 6-11 5-10 1-7 4 3 18 Wallace 16 0-4 2-2 1-1 0 5 2 Stoudamire 31 4-12 0-0 1-6 7 2 8 Smith 29 8-14 4-6 0-2 2 0 22 Augmon 12 0-1 0-0 3-4 1 1 0 Oneal 22 1-2 1-2 3-5 1 4 3 Wells 22 4-10 0-0 2-3 0 2 8 Sabonis 21 4-7 2-2 2-5 0 0 10 Anthony 17 3-5 0-0 0-1 5 2 7 Harvey 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 17-28 14-43 24 21 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.607. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Schrempf 0-1, Pippen 1-1, Stoudamire 0-1, Smith 2-4, Wells 0-1, Anthony 1-3). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (Schrempf 2, Pippen, Sabonis). Turnovers: 19 (Oneal 3, Pippen 3, Sabonis 3, Schrempf 3, Wallace 3, Wells 2, Augmon, Smith). Steals: 10 (Sabonis 3, Pippen 2, Anthony, Augmon, Smith, Stoudamire, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Denver 20 12 29 22 - 83 Portland 27 22 26 20 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Wallace, 4:00 1st; Anthony, 10:35 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,995. T: 2:05. Officials: Joe Crawford, Ted Bernhardt, (michael Smith.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets continued their stunning history of failure on the road, suffering a 95-83 loss to the high-powered and unbeaten Portland Trail Blazers, who got big games from newcomers Steve Smith and Scottie Pippen.

Denver fell to an astounding 5-78 away from home since February 1997 and has won just two road contests in each of the last two seasons. After winning their season opener at home, the Nuggets failed to open 2-0 for the first time since 1987 while dropping their ninth straight decision to Portland.

Smith and Pippen led the way for the Trail Blazers (3-0) with 22 and 18 points, respectively. Portland has outscored its first three opponents by an average of 18.3 points.

"We came out and played real good defense," Smith said after his club scored 29 points off 22 turnovers. "We used everybody -- 10, 11 guys contribute and that's big. We got some guys in foul trouble and then some guys came out and picked up the slack. We'll take the win no matter how it is. We'll take the win."

Smith scored 13 points to help the Blazers to a 27-20 lead after one quarter.

"Our guys are unselfish and swung the ball and I was open a couple of times and hit a couple of (3-pointers)," Smith added. "I got in a little rhythm in the first quarter."

Free-agent signee Detlef Schrempf scored 17 points, including six during a 13-0 first-quarter run that put the Blazers ahead for good, 20-8, with 5:31 remaining in the opening quarter.

"We have shown that (ball movement) and hopefully we will keep that up all year long because we have great shooters, great scorers and play unselfishly," Schrempf said. "It's a fun basketball game."

Raef LaFrentz scored 17 points and Nick Van Exel added 16 for Denver, which lost 14 of its last 15 road contests in the 1996-97 season before beginning their two-year stint of futility.

"They passed the ball and we didn't defend against it," Van Exel said. "This game is over and we get back to what we were doing."

"With the Blazers, one horse goes down and they bring out another," LaFrentz added.

The Nuggets have lost nine in a row at the Rose Garden dating to a 102-98 triumph on March 26, 1995.

Arvydas Sabonis collected 10 points for Portland, which shot 47 percent (37-of-78) and held a 43-37 advantage on the boards.

"I did think Detlef played real well -- an all-around game," Porland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "And (Sabonis) gave us us a real lift int he second quarter when our defense was solid."

Rasheed Wallace, who averaged 10 points and six rebounds in the Blazers first two games, managed only two points and one board tonight, picking up five fouls in just 16 minutes.

Facing a 14-point deficit entering the fourth quarter, Van Exel attempted to reverse the Nuggets' road fortunes when he buried a 3-pointer and a layup to cut the deficit to 77-68 with 10:36 to play.

But Pippen made a layup and a free throw during a 5-0 spurt to make it 82-68 with 8:06 remaining and Denver would not challenge again.

Ron Mercer tallied 15 points and Antonio McDyess was held to 11 on 2-of-8 shooting in 28 minutes for the Nuggets, who used an impressive game-ending spurt to post a 107-102 overtime victory over Phoenix in Tuesday's home opener.

"Defensively (the Blazers) got the job done," McDyess said. "This is a very, very good team with a lot of experience. Scottie knows how to win. Steve knows how to win. We came back and we didn't give up. It's going to take time for me to gain confidence in my shot."

The Nuggets gave the ball away 13 times in the second period, resulting in a 49-32 halftime deficit.

"The thing is, if you make a mistake against Portland, they are going to make you pay for it," Denver coach Dan Issel said after suffering his first loss since returning to the sidelines. "There is not much of a margin for error against the Blazers. To beat this team, you have to play pretty much a perfect game."

After Mercer hit a 16-foot jumper midway through the third quarter, the Blazers put the game away with an 8-0 run.

Pippen sank the second of two free throws to start the burst and drilled a 25-footer from the left sideline to cap it, giving the Blazers their biggest lead of the game, 66-42, with 4:58 left in the third quarter.

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