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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 25 27 21 19 92 DENVER 21 29 36 16 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 21, DEREK ANDERSON 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 27, ANTONIO MCDYESS 20, JAMES POSEY 15

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 14, DAVID ROBINSON 5 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 9, KEON CLARK 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 13, GEORGE MCCLOUD 7

ATT: 13,300


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (92) AT DENVER (102)

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

DUNCAN F 39 7-16 7-8 6 8 14 5 0 1 2 21 S ELLIOTT F 25 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 2 0 10 ROBINSON C 23 4-10 4-6 1 4 5 3 3 0 2 12 ANDERSON G 30 5-10 4-4 1 1 2 1 3 2 3 15 JOHNSON G 22 3-6 0-0 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 6 ROSE 26 4-6 4-5 1 3 4 1 5 2 1 12 DANIELS 26 3-10 2-2 1 0 1 4 0 1 0 8 FERRY 24 1-10 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 2 2 PORTER 13 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 NEWBLE 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 S KERR 6 2-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 WALKER DNP - FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS

TOTALS 240 33-82 22-27 13 22 35 22 16 10 10 92 (.402) (.815) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 10(18 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 36 10-16 0-0 2 2 4 5 3 0 4 20 POSEY F 27 5-8 1-1 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 15 CLARK C 30 3-10 2-2 2 5 7 1 3 1 1 8 LENARD G 36 6-10 0-0 1 5 6 4 2 1 2 14 VAN EXEL G 38 11-17 0-0 1 8 9 13 0 1 1 27 LAFRENTZ 16 3-6 0-3 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 6 MCCLOUD 22 1-6 2-2 0 2 2 7 3 1 2 4 DAVIS 13 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 ABDUL-WAHAD 12 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 PACK 10 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 4 MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-77 7-10 7 30 37 32 20 6 13 102 (.545) (.700) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 25 27 21 19 - 92 DENVER 21 29 36 16 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 5, DUNCAN, ANDERSON, ROSE. DENVER - MCDYESS 5, POSEY 2, LENARD, LAFRENTZ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 4-18 (.222), S ELLIOTT 2-6, ANDERSON 1-2, JOHNSON 0-1, DANIELS 0-4, FERRY 0-3, PORTER 0-1, S KERR 1-1. DENVER 11-17 (.647), POSEY 4-5, LENARD 2-3, VAN EXEL 5-6, LAFRENTZ 0-1, MCCLOUD 0-1, PACK 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TOMMY NUNEZ, VIOLET PALMER. A - 13,300. T - 2:03.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 39 7-16 7-8 6-14 5 0 21 S Elliott 25 4-9 0-0 0-2 1 1 10 Robinson 23 4-10 4-6 1-5 3 3 12 Anderson 30 5-10 4-4 1-2 1 3 15 Johnson 22 3-6 0-0 1-1 4 1 6 Rose 26 4-6 4-5 1-4 1 5 12 Daniels 26 3-10 2-2 1-1 4 0 8 Ferry 24 1-10 0-0 2-4 1 1 2 Porter 13 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Newble 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 S Kerr 6 2-2 1-2 0-1 1 0 6 Walker DNP - flu like symptoms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 22-27 13-35 22 16 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (S Elliott 2-6, Anderson 1-2, Johnson 0-1, Daniels 0-4, Ferry 0-3, Porter 0-1, S Kerr 1-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 8 (Robinson 5, Duncan, Anderson, Rose). Turnovers: 10 (Anderson 3, Duncan 2, Ferry 2, Robinson 2, Rose). Steals: 10 (Anderson 2, Porter 2, Rose 2, S Elliott 2, Daniels, Duncan).

DENVER (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 36 10-16 0-0 2-4 5 3 20 Posey 27 5-8 1-1 0-2 2 1 15 Clark 30 3-10 2-2 2-7 1 3 8 Lenard 36 6-10 0-0 1-6 4 2 14 Van Exel 38 11-17 0-0 1-9 13 0 27 Lafrentz 16 3-6 0-3 0-3 0 5 6 Mccloud 22 1-6 2-2 0-2 7 3 4 Davis 13 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Abdul-wahad 12 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Pack 10 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 Murray DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-77 7-10 7-37 32 20 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.545, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 11-17, .647 (Posey 4-5, Lenard 2-3, Van Exel 5-6, Lafrentz 0-1, Mccloud 0-1, Pack 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 9 (Mcdyess 5, Posey 2, Lenard, Lafrentz). Turnovers: 13 (Mcdyess 4, Lenard 2, Mccloud 2, Abdul-wahad, Clark, Pack, Posey, Van Exel). Steals: 6 (Clark, Lenard, Mccloud, Pack, Posey, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 25 27 21 19 - 92 Denver 21 29 36 16 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,300. T: 2:03. Officials: Jack Nies, Tommy Nunez, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Antonio McDyess scored 10 of his 20 points over the final 5:21 of the third quarter, when the Denver Nuggets broke open a close game on the way to a 102-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Nick Van Exel added 27 points and dished out 13 assists and James Posey had 15 points for the Nuggets, who have won five of their last six and ended a three-game losing streak against the Spurs.

Denver, which has won five straight home games and is 6-2 here this season, was coming off its worst loss of the campaign, a 116-78 thrashing at the hands of the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

"This was close to our best performance of the year," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "That's the NBA for you, to play as bad as we did in Utah and then play as good as we did tonight."

The Nuggets shot 54 percent (42-of-77) from the field, including 65 percent (11-of-17) from 3-point range, and committed just 13 turnovers. About the only failing for the Nuggets a 7-of-10 effort from the free-throw line. They also committed enough fouls to send the Spurs to the line 27 times.

"Tonight we came out and did what we needed to do," McDyess said. "We played with great intensity. ... This is big. This should boost our confidence, especially after the game in Utah."

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 21 and 14 rebounds and Derek Anderson added 15 points for the Spurs, who had won four of their previous five.

The Nuggets' second half was all the more impressive, considering they trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter before rallying within 52-50 at halftime.

""Denver did a great job hanging in when they were down 15," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We did a really poor job maintaining concentration. I thought it was a poor job by our players who played most of the minutes. I thought they parked it. I was a bad performance as far as our team is concerned."

McDyess scored 10 points, including the final eight in a row, during a 20-5 run late in the third quarter as the Nuggets unexpectedly took charge.

The 6-9 forward also had blocks on both 7-1 David Robinson and the 7-foot Duncan during the game-breaking run.

"They came out of the gates at halftime," Duncan said. "Antonio found his spot and went on a tear. ... They got open looks and knocked them down."

Robinson had tied it at 66-66 with a layup with 5:30 left in the third quarter, but the Spurs made just one more field goal the rest of the period.

McDyess hit a 14-footer, Van Exel nailed a 3-pointer, Keon Clark scored on a layup and Van Exel hit from 21 feet as the Nuggets broke to a 75-66 lead with 3:41 left.

Antonio Daniels hit two free throws, ending the Spurs' drought, and, after Van Exel connected on a 3-pointer from the left side, Anderson hit from 3-point range to bring the Spurs within 78-71.

That was when McDyess took over. He hit three straight jumpers from the left side, then went inside to score again and the Nuggets had their largest lead, 86-71, with 20 seconds to go.

The Spurs got no closer than the final margin.

San Antonio had won 40 of the previous 50 meetings with Denver dating to the 1989-90 campaign and even after the loss owns a 71-46 record in the all-time series. The Spurs took three of four meetings from the Nuggets last season.

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