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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 27 19 24 18 88 MIAMI 32 23 20 21 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - KEON CLARK 28, ANTONIO MCDYESS 19, CHRIS GATLING 14 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 28, JAMAL MASHBURN 23, PJ BROWN 18

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - THREE PLAYERS WITH 9 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 10, PJ BROWN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 13, CHRIS HERREN 5 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

ATT: 19,016


Extended Box

DENVER (88) AT MIAMI (96)

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

CLARK F 41 12-17 4-7 2 7 9 1 2 0 1 28 MCDYESS F 36 8-22 3-8 3 6 9 1 4 0 0 19 LAFRENTZ C 18 4-6 0-1 0 2 2 0 6 0 1 8 POSEY G 41 3-7 3-5 1 3 4 3 4 0 2 10 VAN EXEL G 38 1-11 1-2 1 4 5 13 2 0 2 3 GATLING 29 5-13 4-4 4 5 9 0 2 2 2 14 MCCLOUD 11 2-4 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 6 C HERREN 18 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 5 3 0 1 0 BOWEN 6 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 JONES 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - SPRAINED LEFT WRIST ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-82 17-29 13 28 41 23 27 3 9 88 (.427) (.586) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 10(13 PTS)

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

BROWN F 31 7-9 4-4 1 7 8 2 4 1 2 18 MASHBURN F 44 9-22 3-3 1 4 5 6 2 0 1 23 MOURNING C 31 10-19 8-10 4 6 10 0 5 0 2 28 HARDAWAY G 31 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 7 0 0 1 4 MAJERLE G 35 1-4 0-0 0 6 6 3 2 2 1 2 THORPE 9 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 6 0 0 0 STRICKLAND 19 5-8 3-4 2 2 4 1 2 2 0 13 BOWEN 19 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 CARTER 17 2-4 1-3 1 1 2 6 1 0 1 5 H JAMISON 4 0-0 0-2 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 0 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEATHERSPOON DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 36-78 22-30 10 29 39 25 27 6 9 96 (.462) (.733) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 11(21 PTS)

DENVER 27 19 24 18 - 88 MIAMI 32 23 20 21 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - NONE. MIAMI - MOURNING 6, BROWN, STRICKLAND, MASHBURN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 1-9 (.111), CLARK 0-1, POSEY 1-3, VAN EXEL 0-2, GATLING 0-1, MCCLOUD 0-1, C HERREN 0-1. MIAMI 2-15 (.133), MASHBURN 2-8, HARDAWAY 0-3, MAJERLE 0-3, BOWEN 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, GARY BENSON, KEN MAUER. A - 19,016. T - 2:20.


Box Score

DENVER (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Clark 41 12-17 4-7 2-9 1 2 28 Mcdyess 36 8-22 3-8 3-9 1 4 19 Lafrentz 18 4-6 0-1 0-2 0 6 8 Posey 41 3-7 3-5 1-4 3 4 10 Van Exel 38 1-11 1-2 1-5 13 2 3 Gatling 29 5-13 4-4 4-9 0 2 14 Mccloud 11 2-4 2-2 1-1 0 2 6 C Herren 18 0-1 0-0 0-0 5 3 0 Bowen 6 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Jones 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Abdul-wahad DNP - sprained left wrist Alexander DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-82 17-29 13-41 23 27 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.586. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Clark 0-1, Posey 1-3, Van Exel 0-2, Gatling 0-1, Mccloud 0-1, C Herren 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 10 (Gatling 2, Posey 2, Van Exel 2, C Herren, Clark, Lafrentz). Steals: 3 (Gatling 2, Bowen).

MIAMI (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 31 7-9 4-4 1-8 2 4 18 Mashburn 44 9-22 3-3 1-5 6 2 23 Mourning 31 10-19 8-10 4-10 0 5 28 Hardaway 31 1-6 2-2 0-1 7 0 4 Majerle 35 1-4 0-0 0-6 3 2 2 Thorpe 9 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 6 0 Strickland 19 5-8 3-4 2-4 1 2 13 Bowen 19 1-3 1-2 0-1 0 2 3 Carter 17 2-4 1-3 1-2 6 1 5 H Jamison 4 0-0 0-2 1-1 0 3 0 Buford DNP - coach's decision Weatherspoon DNP - bruised right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 22-30 10-39 25 27 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 2-15, .133 (Mashburn 2-8, Hardaway 0-3, Majerle 0-3, Bowen 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (Mourning 6, Brown, Strickland, Mashburn). Turnovers: 11 (Brown 2, Mourning 2, Carter, H Jamison, Hardaway, Majerle, Mashburn). Steals: 6 (Majerle 2, Strickland 2, Brown, H Jamison). ____________________________________________ Denver 27 19 24 18 - 88 Miami 32 23 20 21 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,016. T: 2:20. Officials: Joe Forte, Gary Benson, Ken Mauer.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- All-Star center Alonzo Mourning and the Miami Heat ended their recent slump in the friendly surroundings of their new home against an even friendlier foe in the Denver Nuggets.

Mourning scored 23 of his 29 points in the first half and the first-place Heat outgutted Denver down the stretch, snapping back into form with their 11th straight home win and ninth in a row against the road-weary Nuggets, 96-88.

Mourning connected on 8-of-13 shots and 7-of-8 free throws over the first 24 minutes to stake the Heat to a 55-46 lead.

But Miami, which had lost three of its previous four games, fell apart in the second half as Denver's Keon Clark scored 13 of his 28 points during a 27-10 run that tied it, 77-77, with 10:10 to play.

"We played well coming out of the blocks," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "I thought we played well up until that one drought. We opened up a 17-point lead, but they got right back into the game and tied the score at 77."

"Keon is starting to play like we thought he could play all along," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "He does things that I don't even think that he realizes how easily he's doing them and how scary he looks doing them."

P.J. Brown fueled an 11-2 burst that put the Heat ahead to stay, 90-81, with 6:26 remaining and Miami was able to hold on down the stretch, remaining unbeaten at American Airlines Arena since a stunning 92-85 home loss to Chicago on January 18.

"I have been trying my best to stay out of foul trouble," said Mourning. "Denver made a little run, but we played well down the stretch and made the right decisions offensively and defensively."

"It was a tough game down there with Clark, (Antonio) McDyess and (Raef) LaFrentz," Brown said. "It seemed like there was a lot of whistles tonight. I thought we were playing well. We stayed in rhythm tonight."

Jamal Mashburn scored 23 points and Brown added 18 for the Heat (38-23), who remained one game ahead of New York in the Atlantic Division and are 4 1/2 games behind Eastern Conference-leading Indiana.

McDyess scored 19 points and Chris Gatling added 14 off the bench for Denver, which slipped to 0-3 on its four-game road trip and lost for the sixth time in seven games overall. The Nuggets have lost four in a row on the road and are 6-23 away from the Pepsi Center this season.

"The Heat kept coming and it's hard to stop them," McDyess said. "Even if we don't make the playoffs, we want to continue to go out there and play tough."

Denver fell 10 games behind Sacramento for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Nuggets point guard Nick Van Exel handed out 13 assists but had a nightmarish game from the floor, missing 10-of-11 shots and scoring just three points. Miami playmaker Tim Hardaway was nearly as futile, managing four points on 1-of-6 shooting in 31 minutes.

"We want homecourt advantage," Hardaway said. "We need to focus on our offensive game. We can get stagnant, stuck in one situation and forget to swing it to the open man."

Mark Strickland scored 13 points off the bench for Miami, which shot 46 percent (36-of-78). The Heat yielded 21 points off turnovers and appeared clueless with the ball in the third period.

Brown's dunk with 7:36 remaining in the third quarter appeared to settle matters, giving Miami a 67-50 cushion. But Clark repsonded with a dunk and Van Exel made his lone basket of the night on a layup to spark a 20-8 run, pulling Denver within 75-70 entering in the final period.

Mashburn opened the fourth quarter with an 18-footer but McDyess was good from 11 and 21 feet and Clark made two free throws to forge a 77-77 tie.

"Some nights are more fun than other nights," Clark said. "At the beginning of the season I saw this more as a job, which it is, but now I am trying to go out and have fun."

Rookie Anthony Carter and Clark exchanged baskets before Miami finally put Denver away. Mourning hit a 16-footer and Bruce Bowen added a layup before Gatling's basket pulled the Nuggets back within two.

Carter made a free throw, Brown knocked down an eight-footer and two free throws and Mashburn drained a 22-footer to make it a nine-point bulge wtih 6:26 remaining.

Mashburn's 3-pointer with 2:38 left made it 96-88 and neither team was able to score thereafter.

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