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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 29 20 25 21 95 TORONTO 16 22 26 27 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 24, RAEF LAFRENTZ 18, NICK VAN EXEL 17 TOR - VINCE CARTER 31, ANTONIO DAVIS 14, TYRONE BOGUES 11

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 14, ANTONIO MCDYESS 8 TOR - TYRONE BOGUES 8, KEVIN WILLIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 6, TARIQ ABDUL-WAHAD 3 TOR - TYRONE BOGUES 5, DOUG CHRISTIE 4

ATT: 17,570


Extended Box

DENVER (95) AT TORONTO (91)

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

MCDYESS F 39 10-19 4-6 1 7 8 1 4 1 5 24 POSEY F 33 2-4 2-2 1 4 5 1 2 1 1 7 LAFRENTZ C 39 6-12 6-7 5 9 14 2 4 1 2 18 ABDUL-WAHAD G 34 4-10 6-8 1 5 6 3 0 0 1 14 VAN EXEL G 40 4-14 8-8 1 5 6 6 4 1 7 17 STITH 18 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 CLARK 30 4-9 2-2 3 3 6 1 3 0 2 10 GATLING 7 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 5 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCLOUD DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-74 28-33 12 37 49 16 21 4 18 95 (.432) (.848) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

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

CARTER F 40 14-30 3-4 2 1 3 1 2 1 1 31 OAKLEY F 33 2-7 2-2 2 5 7 3 6 2 1 6 DAVIS C 31 6-11 2-6 0 5 5 3 4 1 0 14 CHRISTIE G 31 3-8 1-2 1 2 3 4 3 1 3 8 WORKMAN G 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 CURRY 19 3-8 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 9 MCGRADY 20 1-9 1-4 4 1 5 2 1 0 2 3 BOGUES 27 5-9 0-0 1 7 8 5 3 0 0 11 K WILLIS 25 3-9 3-4 5 3 8 3 5 1 1 9 STEWART 10 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION A WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-91 12-22 15 26 41 25 26 8 9 91 (.407) (.545) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(6 PTS)

DENVER 29 20 25 21 - 95 TORONTO 16 22 26 27 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 3. TORONTO - CHRISTIE 2, K WILLIS 2, MCGRADY 2, OAKLEY, CARTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 3-8 (.375), POSEY 1-3, VAN EXEL 1-4, GATLING 1-1. TORONTO 5-21 (.238), CARTER 0-2, OAKLEY 0-2, CHRISTIE 1-5, CURRY 3-8, BOGUES 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, NOLAN FINE, LEON WOOD. A - 17,570. T - 2:29.


Box Score

DENVER (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 39 10-19 4-6 1-8 1 4 24 Posey 33 2-4 2-2 1-5 1 2 7 Lafrentz 39 6-12 6-7 5-14 2 4 18 Abdul-wahad 34 4-10 6-8 1-6 3 0 14 Van Exel 40 4-14 8-8 1-6 6 4 17 Stith 18 0-2 0-0 0-2 2 2 0 Clark 30 4-9 2-2 3-6 1 3 10 Gatling 7 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 5 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Mccloud DNP - sprained right ankle Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-74 28-33 12-49 16 21 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.848. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Posey 1-3, Van Exel 1-4, Gatling 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcdyess 3). Turnovers: 20 (Van Exel 7, Mcdyess 5, Clark 2, Lafrentz 2, Abdul-wahad, Posey). Steals: 4 (Lafrentz, Mcdyess, Posey, Van Exel).

TORONTO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 40 14-30 3-4 2-3 1 2 31 Oakley 33 2-7 2-2 2-7 3 6 6 Davis 31 6-11 2-6 0-5 3 4 14 Christie 31 3-8 1-2 1-3 4 3 8 Workman 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Curry 19 3-8 0-0 0-0 3 0 9 Mcgrady 20 1-9 1-4 4-5 2 1 3 Bogues 27 5-9 0-0 1-8 5 3 11 K Willis 25 3-9 3-4 5-8 3 5 9 Stewart 10 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Thomas DNP - coach's decision A Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-91 12-22 15-41 25 26 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.545. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (Carter 0-2, Oakley 0-2, Christie 1-5, Curry 3-8, Bogues 1-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Christie 2, K Willis 2, Mcgrady 2, Oakley, Carter). Turnovers: 9 (Christie 3, Mcgrady 2, Carter, Curry, K Willis, Oakley). Steals: 8 (Oakley 2, Carter, Christie, Curry, Davis, K Willis, Workman). ____________________________________________ Denver 29 20 25 21 - 95 Toronto 16 22 26 27 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,570. T: 2:29. Officials: Ron Garretson, Nolan Fine, Leon Wood.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Maybe Vince Carter left half his game in Oakland.

The All-Star forward endured his second straight dismal first-half performance and although he recovered nicely in the second half, the Toronto Raptors never did, suffering a tough 95-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Carter, who won the NBA Slam Dunk title at the Oakland Coliseum on All-Star Saturday and scored 29 points in Tuesday's 91-70 triumph over New York, has looked clueless over the first 24 minutes in each of his last two games.

The explosive 6-7 swingman misfired on 10-of-12 shots in the first half tonight as the Raptors fell behind 49-38 at intermission.

"We were missing shots and they were hitting shots," Carter said. "We did struggle. It happens and I hope it doesn't happen again. I had another slow start and that's the kind of inconsistency we don't need. If we'd have had a better first half, the outcome would have been different. We wouldn't have had to fight so hard and we would have been fresh."

Carter also had only four points in the first half of Wednesday's 109-84 setback at Indiana. But he came out blazing in the third quarter tonight, scoring 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting as the Raptors shaved the deficit to 74-64.

Carter finished with 31 points and Toronto closed within two points on several occasions down the stretch but could never get even. Carter's 27 second-half points set a new team record for the Raptors, who had a seven-game home winning streak snapped.

"I wish I had yesterday's practice back," Toronto coach Butch Carter said. "I worked them too hard and they were fatigued. It showed in the first quarter. They were not focused. We were so far behind by the time I found a rotation, we couldn't make it back."

Antonio McDyess scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and answered Carter's spectacular reverse layup by burying a fadeaway jumper with 49 seconds left that gave the Nuggets an 88-84 lead.

"Tonight was a fine win," McDyess said. "We're excited to take two out of three on the road. We got off to a good start, which was key. And we were able to hold on for the big win. This is a confidence builder, being able to beat one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference."

Nick Van Exel scored 17 points, including six crucial free throws down the stretch.

"They were pretty big (free throws) and that's what I have to do," Van Exel said. "When the game is on the line, I always want the ball."

Denver posted its fifth win in 23 road games this season.

"They have some veteran players on that team and we knew they would make a run," Van Exel said. "Everytime we tried to put the game away, they would come back. It's great to get a win on the road, we've had some problems doing that this year. Two out of three on the road gives us confidence."

Raef LaFrentz had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Tariq Abdul-Wahad scored 14 points for the Nuggets, who led by as many as 23 before faltering in the second half.

Keon Clark chipped in 10 points off the bench for Denver, which shot 43 percent (32-of-74) and held a 49-41 advantage on the boards. The Nuggets yielded 21 points off turnovers.

"We shot well, we executed well, but we need to take better care of the ball," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "Antonio is our main guy, we will win or lose with him. Keon really played (Carter) tough in the first half and forced him to take some tough shots. He has too much talent to be contained all night, but 31 points off 30 shots is pretty good for us."

Antonio Davis scored 14 points and Muggsy Bogues added 11 off the bench for Toronto, which shot 41 percent (37-of-91).

"We didn't come prepared to play," Davis said. "You have to give Denver credit. They made shots and their big guys did a good job shooting the basketball and putting pressure on us inside. We shouldn't have dug ourselves such a big hole. There's no excuse for the way we started this game."

McDyess had eight points in the opening quarter as the Nuggets raced to a 29-16 lead. The 6-9 power forward knocked down 10-of-19 shots and had three blocks.

LaFrentz scored 12 points in the first half, helping Denver to an 11-point lead at the break. But Carter began to turn it on in the third period. After missing a 19-footer, he slammed, buried a 15-footer, made a runner in the lane and slammed again, but the Raptors still trailed 68-54 with 4:32 left in the quarter.

Carter continued his assault with a pair of 19-footers, a dunk, a 16-footer and a driving layup that made it 74-64 entering the fourth quarter. He began the fourth quarter by sinking a jumper and, after a breather, came back and made a follow shot and two free throws to pull Toronto within 84-81 with 3:22 remaining.

"He came out playing like the worst guy in the league and in the second half he looked like Michael Jordan," McDyess said of Carter. "When he gets focused, he can do whatever he wants."

LaFrentz slammed before Carter made consecutive layups. But McDyess calmly pulled up from the free-throw line and made it 88-84 with less than a minute to go.

Van Exel closed things out at the line, where he finished 8-of-8 to offsett a dismal 4-of-14 shooting performance.

Denver swept both meetings with Toronto this season and leads the all-time series, 5-3.

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