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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 22 20 16 36 94 PHILADELPHIA 24 19 17 17 77 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 34, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 17, ANTONIO MCDYESS 17 PHI - TYRONE HILL 16, AARON MCKIE 12, LARRY HUGHES 11

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 10, NICK VAN EXEL 8 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 7, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 5 PHI - ERIC SNOW 5, GEORGE LYNCH 4

ATT: 14,108


Extended Box

DENVER (94) AT PHILADELPHIA (77)

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

MCDYESS F 37 6-12 5-6 0 10 10 0 2 0 2 17 POSEY F 20 2-7 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 0 0 4 LAFRENTZ C 32 3-5 2-2 0 3 3 3 4 0 1 8 BILLUPS G 34 4-13 9-11 1 6 7 5 1 3 5 17 VAN EXEL G 39 13-22 4-5 0 8 8 7 1 0 2 34 MCCLOUD 28 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 STITH 14 0-4 1-2 0 3 3 1 0 1 2 1 CLARK 13 2-3 1-2 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 5 ALEXANDER 8 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 ROGERS 15 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 4 BOWEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MERCER DNP - SINUS INFECTION

TOTALS 240 34-72 22-28 3 40 43 19 22 6 14 94 (.472) (.786) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(11 PTS)

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

HILL F 31 5-11 6-8 1 6 7 2 3 1 3 16 LYNCH F 36 2-7 2-4 3 10 13 4 2 0 1 6 GEIGER C 27 5-16 0-0 3 4 7 2 3 1 2 10 MCKIE G 38 5-13 2-2 0 4 4 0 1 0 5 12 SNOW G 33 2-8 1-2 0 1 1 5 4 0 1 5 HUGHES 31 5-14 1-2 1 3 4 3 4 2 1 11 OWENS 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 5 0 1 2 BOWEN 10 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 OLLIE 15 3-3 1-1 0 3 3 3 1 3 0 7 MACCULLOCH 5 1-3 1-4 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 3 JONES 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 RATLIFF DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 31-83 15-25 10 33 43 22 27 7 14 77 (.373) (.600) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

DENVER 22 20 16 36 - 94 PHILADELPHIA 24 19 17 17 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 2, LAFRENTZ, POSEY, BILLUPS, ROGERS. PHILADELPHIA - LYNCH, HILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 4-15 (.267), POSEY 0-2, BILLUPS 0-4, VAN EXEL 4-7, MCCLOUD 0-1, STITH 0-1. PHILADELPHIA 0-6 (.000), MCKIE 0-3, SNOW 0-1, HUGHES 0-2. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - SNOW. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, NOLAN FINE, KEVIN FEHR. A - 14,108. T - 2:11.


Box Score

DENVER (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 37 6-12 5-6 0-10 0 2 17 Posey 20 2-7 0-0 1-4 1 4 4 Lafrentz 32 3-5 2-2 0-3 3 4 8 Billups 34 4-13 9-11 1-7 5 1 17 Van Exel 39 13-22 4-5 0-8 7 1 34 Mccloud 28 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 Stith 14 0-4 1-2 0-3 1 0 1 Clark 13 2-3 1-2 0-3 0 5 5 Alexander 8 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 Rogers 15 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 4 Bowen DNP - coach's decision Mercer DNP - sinus infection _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-72 22-28 3-43 19 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.472, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Posey 0-2, Billups 0-4, Van Exel 4-7, Mccloud 0-1, Stith 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcdyess 2, Lafrentz, Posey, Billups, Rogers). Turnovers: 15 (Billups 5, Mcdyess 2, Stith 2, Van Exel 2, Lafrentz, Mccloud, Rogers). Steals: 6 (Billups 3, Mccloud 2, Stith).

PHILADELPHIA (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 31 5-11 6-8 1-7 2 3 16 Lynch 36 2-7 2-4 3-13 4 2 6 Geiger 27 5-16 0-0 3-7 2 3 10 Mckie 38 5-13 2-2 0-4 0 1 12 Snow 33 2-8 1-2 0-1 5 4 5 Hughes 31 5-14 1-2 1-4 3 4 11 Owens 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 5 2 Bowen 10 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 3 5 Ollie 15 3-3 1-1 0-3 3 1 7 Macculloch 5 1-3 1-4 2-3 0 1 3 Jones 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Ratliff DNP - sore left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-83 15-25 10-43 22 27 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 0-6, .000 (Mckie 0-3, Snow 0-1, Hughes 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Lynch, Hill). Turnovers: 14 (Mckie 5, Hill 3, Geiger 2, Hughes, Lynch, Owens, Snow). Steals: 7 (Ollie 3, Hughes 2, Geiger, Hill). ____________________________________________ Denver 22 20 16 36 - 94 Philadelphia 24 19 17 17 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Snow, 6:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Geiger, 8:59 4th). A: 14,108. T: 2:11. Officials: Jack Nies, Nolan Fine, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Nick Van Exel scored 19 of his 34 points in the final quarter as the surprising Denver Nuggets rallied for consecutive road wins for the first time in nearly four years by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers, 94-77.

Van Exel matched his season high, set on opening night against Phoenix, helping the Nuggets post back-to-back wins away from home for the first time since January 7-10, 1996. Antonio McDyess and Chauncey Billups added 17 points apiece for Denver, which won at New York on Sunday and has seven victories in its last 10 games after a 2-5 start.

"We don't talk about last year or the years before," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "This is a different basketball team. We are a better, much more talented team. What we do this year on the road, as compared to years past is insignificant because this is a different team."

Van Exel made all six of his shots in the decisive quarter, including three 3-point attempts. The Nuggets were 10-of-13 from the field and committed only two turnovers in the period.

"Everyone kept telling me to take over," Van Exel said. "I was trying to be aggressive offensively and trying to get it going. It was unbelievable out there. Coaches kept calling isolation plays for me and they basically gave me the green light to go ahead and do what I have to to win."

Tyrone Hill scored 16 points and Aaron McKie added 12 for the 76ers, who lost for only the second time in seven games and fell back to .500 at 10-10.

Philadelphia made 37 percent of its shot (31-of-83), missed all six of its 3-point attempts and was 15-of-25 from the free throw line.

"We had no energy," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "We looked like we were running in sand and they were on ice. We had control then we took some horrible shots. We missed some layups and gave them life. They can shoot the ball if you let them."

The Sixers began the fourth quarter with a 60-58 lead and trailed only 67-65 following a layup by Matt Geiger with 9:19 left. Van Exel began the pivotal burst with two free throws with 8:59 to go and Raef LaFrentz had a dunk 12 seconds later.

Hill sank an 11-footer with 7:37 remaining to get Philadelphia within 74-69 but Eric Snow lost his cool after a foul and was whistled for a technical. Van Exel made the free throw and McDyess hit two more for an eight-point lead. Larry Hughes and McDyess traded free throws before Van Exel sank a 3-pointer to put the Nuggets on top 81-70 with 5:01 to go.

Philadelphia never got the deficit under double digits and trailed by as many as 19 points in the final minute.

"He just took over the basketball game," Issel said of Van Exel. "He realized he had a hot hand. We were in a pretty good battle until that point. When he got hot and took over, the game was basically over."

"He was just making shots, there is not much you can do when a guy fills it up," added Hughes, one of the many 76ers who took a turn guarding Van Exel down the stretch. "You can't touch him, he is going to get it done."

The Nuggets showed little fatigue following Sunday's game and held a 21-7 edge in fast-break points.

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