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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- GOLDEN STATE 20 33 21 23 97 DENVER 24 23 29 25 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: GSW - LARRY HUGHES 21, VONTEEGO CUMMINGS 18, DANNY FORTSON 16 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 23, VOSHON LENARD 19, GEORGE MCCLOUD 19

HIGH REBOUND: GSW - DANNY FORTSON 17, ERICK DAMPIER 10 DEN - KEON CLARK 10, TARIQ ABDUL-WAHAD 7

HIGH ASSISTS: GSW - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 6, LARRY HUGHES 5 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 8, ROBERT PACK 5

ATT: 15,790


Extended Box

GOLDEN STATE (97) AT DENVER (101)

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

FORTSON F 33 6-8 4-6 4 13 17 2 5 0 2 16 JAMISON F 32 5-13 2-2 0 0 0 0 4 1 3 12 DAMPIER C 27 3-7 0-4 3 7 10 3 4 1 2 6 BLAYLOCK G 36 3-17 0-0 4 5 9 6 2 1 2 6 HUGHES G 31 7-19 6-8 2 2 4 5 3 2 2 21 FOYLE 21 1-1 0-2 1 2 3 0 1 1 2 2 DEL NEGRO 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 MILLS 28 5-14 2-2 1 4 5 0 3 0 0 12 JACKSON 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 CUMMINGS 18 6-10 3-4 1 2 3 3 4 1 0 18 PORTER 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 KEEFE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-95 17-28 16 35 51 21 29 7 15 97 (.400) (.607) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 15(11 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 17 0-3 0-0 0 5 5 1 2 0 1 0 POSEY F 18 4-7 1-2 2 1 3 1 3 0 1 11 LAFRENTZ C 20 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 2 ABDUL-WAHAD G 29 5-9 5-7 1 6 7 0 2 1 3 15 VAN EXEL G 34 8-18 5-6 2 3 5 8 0 0 1 23 LENARD 19 5-11 7-7 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 19 CLARK 41 4-9 4-6 2 8 10 2 6 0 6 12 MCCLOUD 30 5-13 8-8 1 1 2 2 2 3 0 19 DAVIS 18 0-1 0-2 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 0 PACK 14 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 5 0 0 1 0 MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-79 30-38 9 33 42 23 24 4 14 101 (.405) (.789) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE 20 33 21 23 - 97 DENVER 24 23 29 25 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: GOLDEN STATE - FOYLE 6, DAMPIER 4, BLAYLOCK, JAMISON, MILLS, HUGHES. DENVER - CLARK 4, ABDUL-WAHAD 3, LAFRENTZ, VAN EXEL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: GOLDEN STATE 4-12 (.333), JAMISON 0-1, BLAYLOCK 0-3, HUGHES 1-4, MILLS 0-1, CUMMINGS 3-3. DENVER 7-15 (.467), POSEY 2-2, VAN EXEL 2-4, LENARD 2-4, MCCLOUD 1-4, PACK 0-1. TECHNICALS: GOLDEN STATE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, MILLS, HUGHES, DENVER - CLARK. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, BLANE REICHELT, RODNEY MOTT. A - 15,790. T - 2:19.


Box Score

GOLDEN STATE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fortson 33 6-8 4-6 4-17 2 5 16 Jamison 32 5-13 2-2 0-0 0 4 12 Dampier 27 3-7 0-4 3-10 3 4 6 Blaylock 36 3-17 0-0 4-9 6 2 6 Hughes 31 7-19 6-8 2-4 5 3 21 Foyle 21 1-1 0-2 1-3 0 1 2 Del Negro 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Mills 28 5-14 2-2 1-5 0 3 12 Jackson 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Cummings 18 6-10 3-4 1-3 3 4 18 Porter 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Keefe DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-95 17-28 16-51 21 29 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.607. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Jamison 0-1, Blaylock 0-3, Hughes 1-4, Mills 0-1, Cummings 3-3). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 14 (Foyle 6, Dampier 4, Blaylock, Jamison, Mills, Hughes). Turnovers: 15 (Jamison 3, Blaylock 2, Dampier 2, Fortson 2, Foyle 2, Hughes 2, Jackson 2). Steals: 7 (Hughes 2, Blaylock, Cummings, Dampier, Foyle, Jamison).

DENVER (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 17 0-3 0-0 0-5 1 2 0 Posey 18 4-7 1-2 2-3 1 3 11 Lafrentz 20 1-5 0-0 1-3 0 4 2 Abdul-wahad 29 5-9 5-7 1-7 0 2 15 Van Exel 34 8-18 5-6 2-5 8 0 23 Lenard 19 5-11 7-7 0-0 4 2 19 Clark 41 4-9 4-6 2-10 2 6 12 Mccloud 30 5-13 8-8 1-2 2 2 19 Davis 18 0-1 0-2 0-3 0 3 0 Pack 14 0-3 0-0 0-4 5 0 0 Murray DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 30-38 9-42 23 24 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Posey 2-2, Van Exel 2-4, Lenard 2-4, Mccloud 1-4, Pack 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 9 (Clark 4, Abdul-wahad 3, Lafrentz, Van Exel). Turnovers: 14 (Clark 6, Abdul-wahad 3, Davis, Mcdyess, Pack, Posey, Van Exel). Steals: 4 (Mccloud 3, Abdul-wahad). ____________________________________________ Golden State 20 33 21 23 - 97 Denver 24 23 29 25 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Golden State 3 (Illegal Defense, 7:32 2nd; Mills, 2:07 3rd; Hughes, 8:31 4th). Denver 1 (Clark, 0:48 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,790. T: 2:19. Officials: Ed F Rush, Blane Reichelt, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- George McCloud scored 19 points and made all the big plays down the stretch as the Denver Nuggets celebrated their home opener with a tough 101-97 victory over the feisty Golden State Warriors.

In a game that featured 18 lead changes, including five in the final 12 minutes, it was McCloud's 22-footer that put the Nuggets ahead to stay, 96-94, with 38 seconds to play.

Mookie Blaylock tried to answer for Golden State but his 19-footer bounded off the rim and McCloud wound up with the rebound after a scramble and was fouled. The 6-8 forward, who is one of the few holdovers on the revamped Denver roster, calmly sank both of his free throws with 30 seconds remaining.

"Anytime you can contribute to this type of game with the atmosphere tonight is great," McCloud said. "I contributed with the big shots but the best thing is that we won. We were still believing the whole game. Our bench really helped us tonight and in the second half our offense got it done."

Nick Van Exel had 23 points and eight assists and sealed the win for Denver by sinking a pair from the line with three seconds left. The Nuggets rebounded nicely from a 112-99 season-opening loss at Seattle on Wednesday.

Vonteego Cummings singlehandedly led the Warriors to a 53-47 halftime lead, scoring 18 second-quarter points on 6-of-9 shooting, including three 3-pointers. But Cummings played just four minutes in the second half as Golden State was unable to follow up its stirring 96-94 win over Phoenix on Tuesday.

Voshon Lenard also scored 19 points off the bench for Denver, which shot 41 percent (32-of-79) and went 7-of-15 from 3-point range.

"This win was especially great after a tough loss," Lenard said. "You have to give credit to everyone. Everyone was ready and we played better in the second half."

Denver forward Antonio McDyess, the team's leading rebounder last season, had a horrible night, grabbing just five boards while going scoreless in 17 minutes before leaving the game with a right lower-back strain.

"We may have to shut him down for a while," Denver coach Dan Issel said of McDyess. "I appreciate his effort but you could see that he obviously was limited by his back tightening up. If we have to go a couple of games without him to get his back better, then that's what we will have to do."

Fellow forward Keon Clark had 12 points and 10 rebounds off the pine but the Nuggets were outrebounded, 51-42.

Tariq-Abdul Wahad scored 15 points and James Posey added 11 for Denver, which outscored Golden State at the line, 30-17.

Former Nugget Danny Fortson had 16 points and 17 rebounds and Larry Hughes scored 21 points for the Warriors, who shot 40 percent (38-of-95), including 4-of-12 from beyond the arc.

"We got McDyess out of the game and Raef wasn't having his best game and we had to find a way to win," Fortson said. "It was frustrating."

Cummings' outburst appeared to turn the game in Golden State's favor. The 6-3 guard began his outburst by knocking down a 25-footer with 10:50 left in the first half. Cummings followed with two more 3-pointers, an 18-footer, a layup, three free throws and a 23-footer that gave the Warriors a 51-47 lead 27 seconds before intermission.

The teams spent most of the second half exchanging the lead and Blaylock forged a 92-92 tie with 3:19 remaining when he knocked down a 17-footer.

Erick Dampier's follow shot gave the Warriors a two-point lead less than a minute later, but Van Exel buried a nine-footer to set the stage for McCloud's late-game heroics.

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