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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 22 32 20 22 8 104 DENVER 26 25 26 19 9 105 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - SCOTT PADGETT 13, ARMEN GILLIAM 12, JACQUE VAUGHN 12 DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 32, CHRIS GATLING 19, NICK VAN EXEL 15

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - GREG OSTERTAG 13, ADAM KEEFE 9 DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 17, JAMES POSEY 6

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JACQUE VAUGHN 9, JOHN STOCKTON 7 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 10, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 16,422


Extended Box

UTAH (104) AT DENVER (105) - FINAL IN OT

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

MALONE F 18 5-10 0-0 0 4 4 3 3 1 5 10 RUSSELL F 20 5-8 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 2 1 10 POLYNICE C 11 2-5 0-0 2 0 2 0 4 0 0 4 HORNACEK G 15 3-5 3-3 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 9 STOCKTON G 15 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 7 3 1 1 4 OSTERTAG 22 0-6 4-4 5 8 13 1 6 0 3 4 VAUGHN 38 3-5 6-6 0 3 3 9 2 1 3 12 EISLEY 18 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 1 2 7 GILLIAM 28 5-10 2-2 4 3 7 1 3 0 2 12 KEEFE 31 4-7 1-1 3 6 9 0 2 1 1 9 PADGETT 29 4-10 2-4 1 3 4 2 2 0 3 13 LEWIS 20 4-10 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 10

TOTALS 265 40-88 18-20 17 33 50 29 27 7 22 104 (.455) (.900) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 22(30 PTS)

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

MCCLOUD F 44 5-14 2-3 0 2 2 4 3 1 4 13 MCDYESS F 26 3-6 3-6 0 1 1 2 6 0 0 9 LAFRENTZ C 40 11-18 7-8 5 12 17 4 2 3 1 32 POSEY G 42 4-9 2-2 3 3 6 4 2 3 1 11 VAN EXEL G 42 5-17 3-4 0 1 1 10 2 4 2 15 CLARK 17 0-3 2-2 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 2 GATLING 22 8-13 3-6 4 1 5 0 3 2 0 19 C HERREN 18 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 1 1 0 ROGERS 9 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 BOWEN 5 1-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 ALEXANDER DNP - ARTHROSCOPIC SURG. JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 37-89 24-33 15 25 40 29 19 15 11 105 (.416) (.727) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11(17 PTS)

UTAH 22 32 20 22 8 - 104 DENVER 26 25 26 19 9 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 4, KEEFE 3. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 6, POSEY 2, MCDYESS 2, MCCLOUD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 6-12 (.500), RUSSELL 0-1, EISLEY 1-3, PADGETT 3-5, LEWIS 2-3. DENVER 7-28 (.250), MCCLOUD 1-7, LAFRENTZ 3-5, POSEY 1-3, VAN EXEL 2-8, GATLING 0-1, C HERREN 0-4. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MALONE, DENVER - VAN EXEL. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, TED BERNHARDT, LEON WOOD. A - 16,422. T - 2:24.


Box Score

UTAH (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 18 5-10 0-0 0-4 3 3 10 Russell 20 5-8 0-0 1-4 1 0 10 Polynice 11 2-5 0-0 2-2 0 4 4 Hornacek 15 3-5 3-3 0-1 0 1 9 Stockton 15 2-3 0-0 0-1 7 3 4 Ostertag 22 0-6 4-4 5-13 1 6 4 Vaughn 38 3-5 6-6 0-3 9 2 12 Eisley 18 3-9 0-0 0-1 4 0 7 Gilliam 28 5-10 2-2 4-7 1 3 12 Keefe 31 4-7 1-1 3-9 0 2 9 Padgett 29 4-10 2-4 1-4 2 2 13 Lewis 20 4-10 0-0 1-1 1 1 10 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 40-88 18-20 17-50 29 27 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Russell 0-1, Eisley 1-3, Padgett 3-5, Lewis 2-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Ostertag 4, Keefe 3). Turnovers: 22 (Malone 5, Ostertag 3, Padgett 3, Vaughn 3, Eisley 2, Gilliam 2, Keefe, Lewis, Russell, Stockton). Steals: 7 (Russell 2, Eisley, Keefe, Malone, Stockton, Vaughn).

DENVER (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccloud 44 5-14 2-3 0-2 4 3 13 Mcdyess 26 3-6 3-6 0-1 2 6 9 Lafrentz 40 11-18 7-8 5-17 4 2 32 Posey 42 4-9 2-2 3-6 4 2 11 Van Exel 42 5-17 3-4 0-1 10 2 15 Clark 17 0-3 2-2 1-4 0 0 2 Gatling 22 8-13 3-6 4-5 0 3 19 C Herren 18 0-4 0-0 0-1 4 0 0 Rogers 9 0-4 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 Bowen 5 1-1 2-2 1-1 0 0 4 Alexander DNP - arthroscopic surg. Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-89 24-33 15-40 29 19 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 7-28, .250 (Mccloud 1-7, Lafrentz 3-5, Posey 1-3, Van Exel 2-8, Gatling 0-1, C Herren 0-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 11 (Lafrentz 6, Posey 2, Mcdyess 2, Mccloud). Turnovers: 11 (Mccloud 4, Van Exel 2, C Herren, Clark, Lafrentz, Posey, Rogers). Steals: 15 (Van Exel 4, Lafrentz 3, Posey 3, Gatling 2, Bowen, C Herren, Mccloud). _________________________________________________ Utah 22 32 20 22 8 - 104 Denver 26 25 26 19 9 - 105 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Malone, 5:18 3rd). Denver 1 (Van Exel, 7:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,422. T: 2:24. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ted Bernhardt, Leon Wood.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- For Raef LaFrentz, a career night was almost ruined by his own eagerness to contribute.

LaFrentz made a bad block and a key block around George McCloud's 20-footer over Adam Keefe with 25 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Denver Nuggets to a 105-104 victory over the Utah Jazz.

LaFrentz mistakenly gave the Jazz the lead with less than a minute left when he was called for goaltending for swatting at Armen Gilliam's shot that was clearly on the way down. But he made up for it by coming out of nowhere to make a clean block of rookie Quincy Lewis' layup attempt with less than 10 seconds to go, preserving the win.

"I was late on it (blocking Lewis' layup)," LaFrentz said. "I was fortunate to get a hand on it."

The Jazz, who clinched their third Midwest Division title in four years and secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, were playing a tune-up game for the playoffs. The Jazz sealed the division crown with a 96-82 victory at Phoenix on Sunday.

LaFrentz scored a career-high 32 points and blocked six shots. LaFrentz's previous best was 29 in a 93-91 loss at Vancouver on December 23, 1999. Chris Gatling scored 19 points and Nick Van Exel added 15 and 10 assists for the Nuggets.

It was Van Exel's seventh double-double in his last 12 games.

LaFrentz also had 17 rebounds, his fourth highest total of the season, and tied career highs with four assists and three steals. He has blocked at least five shots 12 times.

"Raef played terrific," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "He had some of his worst games against Utah. Tonight, Raef played the way he can play every night. It was a nice way for him to end the year at home."

Utah regulars Karl Malone, John Stockton and Jeff Hornacek all rested, playing 18, 15 and 15 minutes, respectively. Rookie Scott Padgett led the Jazz with 13 points and fellow reserves Gilliam and Jacque Vaughn scored 12 apiece. Vaughn also dished out nine assists.

"First and foremost, you still want to win and you want to do what you are asked to do," Vaughn said. "We did some good things but a few times we didn't have the execution we needed. We gave our starters a chance to not get hurt and gave some guys some experience in game situations."

"I had a feeling they would rest some of their starters because they have a game tomorrow and the playoffs this weekend," Issel said.

Utah is 3-4 in its last seven games on the road and went 24-17 away from the Delta Center this season. Excluding the lockout-shortened 1998-99 campaign, the Jazz have reached the 20-win mark away from home in six consecutive seasons.

"I wasn't happy with the way we played," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "Some guys didn't give an effort. It looked like a couple of guys were ready to die. All they could do was foul. If you can't think and play you don't deserve to win. I don't care who's out there, if we don't with some kind of system, how can we win?"

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