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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 33 24 32 26 115 HOUSTON 35 23 32 32 122 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 40, NICK VAN EXEL 31, RON MERCER 22 HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 26, STEVE FRANCIS 22, CUTTINO MOBLEY 17

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 12, KEON CLARK 9 HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 13, KENNY THOMAS 10

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 11, GEORGE MCCLOUD 6 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, SHANDON ANDERSON 5

ATT: 14,591


Extended Box

DENVER (115) AT HOUSTON (122)

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

MCDYESS F 41 15-25 10-11 7 5 12 2 2 0 3 40 POSEY F 14 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 0 LAFRENTZ C 27 3-9 0-0 1 5 6 1 3 0 1 6 MERCER G 43 11-21 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 0 0 22 VAN EXEL G 37 13-25 5-6 2 2 4 11 2 1 1 31 MCCLOUD 34 3-6 1-1 0 2 2 6 4 1 2 8 CLARK 28 3-6 2-2 3 6 9 1 5 1 0 8 C HERREN 11 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 STITH 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION BOWEN DNP - FLU JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 48-97 18-20 15 25 40 27 21 4 8 115 (.495) (.900) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8(8 PTS)

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

BULLARD F 19 3-7 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 9 WILLIAMS F 22 4-12 3-3 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 12 MILLER C 24 3-7 1-1 4 3 7 1 5 0 1 7 ANDERSON G 48 9-15 4-4 3 10 13 5 1 0 0 26 FRANCIS G 31 8-15 6-8 5 2 7 7 4 2 4 22 THOMAS 34 6-13 0-2 5 5 10 4 3 0 0 13 OLAJUWON 18 2-7 2-4 1 4 5 2 2 1 0 6 MOBLEY 26 7-11 2-2 0 3 3 2 0 1 2 17 DREW 18 3-8 2-2 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 10 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT THUMB CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 45-95 22-28 18 30 48 27 20 5 9 122 (.474) (.786) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(12 PTS)

DENVER 33 24 32 26 - 115 HOUSTON 35 23 32 32 - 122

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 2, CLARK. HOUSTON - WILLIAMS 2, FRANCIS, OLAJUWON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 1-9 (.111), LAFRENTZ 0-2, VAN EXEL 0-4, MCCLOUD 1-3. HOUSTON 10-22 (.455), BULLARD 1-3, WILLIAMS 1-3, ANDERSON 4-5, FRANCIS 0-2, THOMAS 1-1, MOBLEY 1-4, DREW 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, GREG WILLARD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 14,591. T - 2:04.


Box Score

DENVER (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 41 15-25 10-11 7-12 2 2 40 Posey 14 0-2 0-0 1-2 2 2 0 Lafrentz 27 3-9 0-0 1-6 1 3 6 Mercer 43 11-21 0-0 1-5 3 2 22 Van Exel 37 13-25 5-6 2-4 11 2 31 Mccloud 34 3-6 1-1 0-2 6 4 8 Clark 28 3-6 2-2 3-9 1 5 8 C Herren 11 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Stith 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Bowen DNP - flu Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 48-97 18-20 15-40 27 21 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.495, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Lafrentz 0-2, Van Exel 0-4, Mccloud 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcdyess 2, Clark). Turnovers: 8 (Mcdyess 3, Mccloud 2, Lafrentz, Posey, Van Exel). Steals: 4 (Clark, Mccloud, Posey, Van Exel).

HOUSTON (122) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bullard 19 3-7 2-2 0-0 1 1 9 Williams 22 4-12 3-3 0-3 2 2 12 Miller 24 3-7 1-1 4-7 1 5 7 Anderson 48 9-15 4-4 3-13 5 1 26 Francis 31 8-15 6-8 5-7 7 4 22 Thomas 34 6-13 0-2 5-10 4 3 13 Olajuwon 18 2-7 2-4 1-5 2 2 6 Mobley 26 7-11 2-2 0-3 2 0 17 Drew 18 3-8 2-2 0-0 3 2 10 Gray DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - sprained right thumb Curley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-95 22-28 18-48 27 20 122 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 10-22, .455 (Bullard 1-3, Williams 1-3, Anderson 4-5, Francis 0-2, Thomas 1-1, Mobley 1-4, Drew 2-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Williams 2, Francis, Olajuwon). Turnovers: 9 (Francis 4, Mobley 2, Drew, Miller, Williams). Steals: 5 (Francis 2, Bullard, Mobley, Olajuwon). ____________________________________________ Denver 33 24 32 26 - 115 Houston 35 23 32 32 - 122 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,591. T: 2:04. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Greg Willard, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- The brilliance of Antonio McDyess was not enough to overcome the balance of the Houston Rockets.

McDyess scored a season-high 40 points but the Rockets had six players in double figures in their season-high fifth straight win, a 122-115 victory over the slumping Denver Nuggets.

Shandon Anderson had 26 points and 13 rebounds and rookie Steve Francis scored 22 points for the Rockets, who had a season high in points as they beat the Nuggets for the 11th straight time.

"We're getting confident about what we're doing out there," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "Now our guys know where to get the ball on the court and what seams to attack. We've been competitive all year but earlier we couldn't close out the close games. I think we've learned from those games and now we're getting the payoff."

"We've played with the same lineup the last two weeks," Anderson added. "We're getting comfortable with each other."

McDyess made 15-of-25 shots and also grabbed 12 rebounds as he shattered his previous season high of 27 points against Dallas on January 4. But it was not enough to prevent Denver's fifth straight loss.

"It would have been a different game if we had played defense," McDyess said. "But we didn't play any defense at all. It was a lack of effort and a lack of confidence."

The Rockets made 10-of-22 3-pointers, including 4-of-5 from Anderson, while limiting the Nuggets to 1-of-10 from behind the arc.

"The game was even except at the 3-point line," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "Our defense was so soft and Houston did what they wanted to do offensively. That was the difference."

Denver took its last lead at 91-90 on two free throws by Keon Clark with 11:42 to play. With Francis on the bench, Houston responded with nine straight points.

Cuttino Mobley made two free throws, Hakeem Olajuwon sank a baseline jumper, Anderson made a 3-pointer and Mobley dunked for a 99-91 lead with 9:32 left.

Bryce Drew and Mobley hit 3-pointers to extend the advantage to 106-97 with 6:25 to go and the Nuggets got no closer than five points thereafter.

"I felt we should have won the game, but on defense we (stink)," McDyess said. "If we had played any defense in the fourth quarter, we would have won."

McDyess got some help from Nick Van Exel, who had 31 points and 11 assists, and Ron Mercer, who scored 22 points. But the other six Nuggets who played combined for only 22 points, with three going scoreless.

"Sometimes we don't have enough heart or we seem intimidated by the other team," Van Exel said. "We have to figure the problem out. It's frustrating to go down to the fourth quarter in every game and at the end we don't have the mental toughness to win."

Playing all 48 minutes, Anderson came up one point shy of his season high and established a season best in rebounds. He added five assists in his best game of the season.

"The shots were there for me tonight," said Anderson, who made 9-of-15 from the floor. "When you get open looks like that, you've got to shoot the ball."

"Shandon took advantage of the situation tonight," Tomjanovich said. "He was hitting his 3s when he had open looks. It was his day. He was playing with a lot of energy so I gave him some extra minutes."

Mobely scored 17 points, rookie Kenny Thomas added 13 and 10 rebounds and Walt Williams scored 12 points for the Rockets, who shot 47 percent (45-of-95) and committed nine turnovers. The Nuggets shot 49.5 percent (48-of-97) with only eight giveaways.

"Now all the guys are on the same page," said Francis, who was three assists shy of his fifth straight double-digit game. "When I drive to the lane, I'm kicking the ball out to the open guys and we're hitting the shots. That's been the biggest difference."

Anderson outscored McDyess 17-12 in the first quarter, which ended with Houston holding a 35-33 lead. The Rockets led 59-58 at halftime and 90-89 entering the final period.

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