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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 20 27 15 30 92 DENVER 32 21 16 18 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 28, VOSHON LENARD 24, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 15 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 26, RAEF LAFRENTZ 12, RON MERCER 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 13, PJ BROWN 9 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 15, RAEF LAFRENTZ 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - JAMAL MASHBURN 6, DAN MAJERLE 5 DEN - CHRIS HERREN 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 15,730


Extended Box

MIAMI (92) AT DENVER (87)

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

BROWN F 25 3-8 0-0 3 6 9 1 6 2 1 6 MASHBURN F 33 3-11 4-6 0 3 3 6 2 1 1 10 MOURNING C 36 12-25 4-5 4 9 13 2 5 1 3 28 CARTER G 26 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 3 2 MAJERLE G 38 1-4 0-0 1 6 7 5 1 1 3 3 THORPE 14 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 LENARD 34 8-11 3-6 0 4 4 4 3 0 2 24 WALTERS 13 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 4 WEATHERSPOON 21 7-9 1-3 1 4 5 1 3 1 1 15 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-82 12-20 9 36 45 26 26 7 14 92 (.451) (.600) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 38 9-17 8-13 1 14 15 1 4 0 1 26 POSEY F 15 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 0 LAFRENTZ C 36 6-15 0-0 2 6 8 1 4 1 0 12 C HERREN G 31 4-8 0-0 1 2 3 6 4 0 2 9 MERCER G 38 5-13 2-2 1 5 6 5 0 4 4 12 MCCLOUD 33 2-11 3-4 0 2 2 5 3 1 3 7 ALEXANDER 17 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 10 CLARK 18 4-5 2-4 0 2 2 1 1 2 1 11 JONES 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 STITH 10 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 BOWEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAN EXEL DNP - RIGHT GROIN STRAIN

TOTALS 240 33-79 17-25 6 35 41 22 21 9 14 87 (.418) (.680) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

MIAMI 20 27 15 30 - 92 DENVER 32 21 16 18 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 6, MAJERLE 2. DENVER - MCDYESS 3, LAFRENTZ 3, POSEY, C HERREN, CLARK, ALEXANDER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-12 (.500), MASHBURN 0-2, MAJERLE 1-3, LENARD 5-7. DENVER 4-17 (.235), LAFRENTZ 0-4, C HERREN 1-3, MCCLOUD 0-6, ALEXANDER 2-3, CLARK 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, KEN MAUER, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 15,730. T - 2:18.


Box Score

MIAMI (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 25 3-8 0-0 3-9 1 6 6 Mashburn 33 3-11 4-6 0-3 6 2 10 Mourning 36 12-25 4-5 4-13 2 5 28 Carter 26 1-7 0-0 0-1 4 2 2 Majerle 38 1-4 0-0 1-7 5 1 3 Thorpe 14 0-4 0-0 0-3 0 3 0 Lenard 34 8-11 3-6 0-4 4 3 24 Walters 13 2-3 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 Weatherspoon 21 7-9 1-3 1-5 1 3 15 Buford DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 12-20 9-45 26 26 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Mashburn 0-2, Majerle 1-3, Lenard 5-7). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Mourning 6, Majerle 2). Turnovers: 16 (Carter 3, Majerle 3, Mourning 3, Lenard 2, Brown, Mashburn, Weatherspoon). Steals: 7 (Brown 2, Majerle, Mashburn, Mourning, Walters, Weatherspoon).

DENVER (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 38 9-17 8-13 1-15 1 4 26 Posey 15 0-3 0-0 1-3 1 2 0 Lafrentz 36 6-15 0-0 2-8 1 4 12 C Herren 31 4-8 0-0 1-3 6 4 9 Mercer 38 5-13 2-2 1-6 5 0 12 Mccloud 33 2-11 3-4 0-2 5 3 7 Alexander 17 3-5 2-2 0-1 2 1 10 Clark 18 4-5 2-4 0-2 1 1 11 Jones 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Stith 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bowen DNP - coach's decision Van Exel DNP - right groin strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 17-25 6-41 22 21 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Lafrentz 0-4, C Herren 1-3, Mccloud 0-6, Alexander 2-3, Clark 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 10 (Mcdyess 3, Lafrentz 3, Posey, C Herren, Clark, Alexander). Turnovers: 17 (Mercer 4, Mccloud 3, C Herren 2, Posey 2, Clark, Mcdyess, Stith). Steals: 9 (Mercer 4, Clark 2, Lafrentz, Mccloud, Posey). ____________________________________________ Miami 20 27 15 30 - 92 Denver 32 21 16 18 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,730. T: 2:18. Officials: Steve Javie, Ken Mauer, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Nick Van Exel could only watch as Voshon Lenard and Alonzo Mourning took charge.

Lenard and Mourning combined for 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat rallied for a 92-87 over the Denver Nuggets, who clearly missed their floor leader and clutch shooter.

Sidelined with a groin strain and wearing a bright blue suit, Van Exel watched in disgust as Lenard scored 14 of his 24 points in the final period, including a 3-pointer that gave Miami the lead for good at 87-85 with 1:09 remaining.

"I'm glad Nick Van Exel didn't play," said Lenard, who made 8-of-11 shots, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. "He would have just been more trouble for us."

Mourning scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. He added 13 rebounds and six blocks and backstopped a defense that held Denver to one basket over the final 4 1/2 minutes. He also was quick to mention that the Heat was without Tim Hardaway, their All-Star point guard who is sidelined with a knee injury.

"It was just like Timmy not being in the game," he said.

Van Exel is averaging 16.2 points and 8.8 assists and provides invaluable clutch play for the Nuggets, a young team needing leadership. Rookie Chris Herren got the start at point guard and collected nine points and six assists and Cory Alexander spelled him with 10 points but neither could provide the spark Denver gets from Van Exel.

"We always miss Nick, but that's not an excuse," said Nuggets coach Dan Issel, whose team fell to 12-1 when leading after three quarters. "This was our basketball game to win and we let it get away.

"Chris and Cory played well. It's not their job to step up and win the game. Our veterans have to step up and they didn't in the fourth quarter."

Heat coach Pat Riley agreed.

"Herren played well," he said. "It looked like they didn't miss Nick Van Exel."

Clarence Weatherspoon scored 15 points off the bench for Miami, which improved to 2-1 on its four-game road trip by beating Denver for the eighth straight time since December 15, 1995.

Antonio McDyess had 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have lost three straight games, matching a season high. Denver (17-18) fell under .500 for the first time since December 10.

The Nuggets led 69-62 after three quarters but two free throws by Weatherspoon capped an 8-0 burst and gave Miami an 81-80 lead with 4:46 remaining. Herren responded with a 3-pointer with 4:27 left but Denver managed just one basket thereafter.

Mourning made a free throw and basket around two foul shots by Denver's George McCloud to cut the deficit to 85-84 with 1:50 to go. Lenard buried his go-ahead 3-pointer 41 seconds later.

"I'm just doing what I need to do," Lenard said. "If it's rebounding, playing defense or whatever it takes to help the team win. They played good `D' at the end of the game, but we made our shots."

Denver's Ron Mercer missed and Mourning made a pair from the line with 54 seconds left. McDyess was double-teamed and threw away a pass and it was at least a two-possession game thereafter.

"It came down to execution and we didn't do it," said McCloud, who made only 2-of-11 shots. "Of course you're going to miss Nick. He's our floor leader. He shoots big shots. Chris did a great job but I think Van Exel is going to get more respect from the refs."

"We're just pulling out wins and any win is great," Mourning said. "When we're down we get desperate and when we're up, we get complacent and that's not healthy. We're not playing well or executing our offense."

Jamal Mashburn scored 10 points for Miami, which shot 45 percent (37-of-82) and held a 45-41 rebounding edge. P.J. Brown pulled down nine boards.

Mercer and Raef LaFrentz scored 11 points apiece for Denver, which shot 42 percent (33-of-79) but just 4-of-17 from behind the arc.

McDyess and Mercer scored eight points apiece in the first period as Denver raced to a 32-20 lead.

A layup by Keon Clark began the second quarter and gave the Nuggets their largest lead before Mourning and Lenard came alive. Mourning scored 11 points and Lenard 10 as the Heat closed to 53-47 at halftime.

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