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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 31 16 18 23 88 NEW YORK 22 24 28 22 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 24, ANTONIO MCDYESS 21, RAEF LAFRENTZ 17 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 29, ALLAN HOUSTON 21, LARRY JOHNSON 13

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 15, RAEF LAFRENTZ 9 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 9, MARCUS CAMBY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 8, ALLAN HOUSTON 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

DENVER (88) AT NEW YORK (96)

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

MCDYESS F 43 8-15 5-6 4 11 15 1 1 2 3 21 POSEY F 23 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 1 2 8 LAFRENTZ C 38 6-12 4-4 5 4 9 2 4 1 0 17 LENARD G 26 2-11 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 0 4 VAN EXEL G 39 8-17 5-6 0 8 8 7 3 1 1 24 MCCLOUD 25 2-10 2-2 2 2 4 2 2 0 2 6 CLARK 15 1-4 2-4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 ABDUL-WAHAD 18 2-5 0-3 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 4 PACK 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 BOWEN 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-81 18-25 15 29 44 17 20 7 8 88 (.395) (.720) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(9 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 33 4-12 2-2 3 6 9 4 4 0 1 13 RICE F 33 3-9 1-1 2 5 7 1 3 0 2 8 CAMBY C 27 3-5 0-1 4 5 9 1 1 1 0 6 HOUSTON G 40 8-17 5-5 0 4 4 5 3 0 1 21 SPREWELL G 41 11-20 6-8 1 6 7 2 2 1 4 29 CHILDS 31 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 8 4 1 2 4 THOMAS 20 3-9 2-2 0 4 4 1 3 0 1 8 LONGLEY 15 3-5 1-1 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 7 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - BRUISED RIGHT LEG

TOTALS 240 37-82 17-20 12 36 48 22 23 3 12 96 (.451) (.850) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

DENVER 31 16 18 23 - 88 NEW YORK 22 24 28 22 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ 2, MCDYESS, ABDUL-WAHAD. NEW YORK - LONGLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 6-20 (.300), POSEY 2-3, LAFRENTZ 1-3, LENARD 0-3, VAN EXEL 3-7, MCCLOUD 0-4. NEW YORK 5-10 (.500), L JOHNSON 3-5, RICE 1-2, HOUSTON 0-1, SPREWELL 1-2. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,763. T - 2:10.


Box Score

DENVER (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 43 8-15 5-6 4-15 1 1 21 Posey 23 3-6 0-0 1-2 2 3 8 Lafrentz 38 6-12 4-4 5-9 2 4 17 Lenard 26 2-11 0-0 2-3 1 2 4 Van Exel 39 8-17 5-6 0-8 7 3 24 Mccloud 25 2-10 2-2 2-4 2 2 6 Clark 15 1-4 2-4 0-2 0 0 4 Abdul-wahad 18 2-5 0-3 1-1 1 2 4 Pack 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 Bowen 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Murray DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-81 18-25 15-44 17 20 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Posey 2-3, Lafrentz 1-3, Lenard 0-3, Van Exel 3-7, Mccloud 0-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Lafrentz 2, Mcdyess, Abdul-wahad). Turnovers: 9 (Mcdyess 3, Mccloud 2, Posey 2, Van Exel). Steals: 7 (Mcdyess 2, Abdul-wahad, Lafrentz, Pack, Posey, Van Exel).

NEW YORK (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 33 4-12 2-2 3-9 4 4 13 Rice 33 3-9 1-1 2-7 1 3 8 Camby 27 3-5 0-1 4-9 1 1 6 Houston 40 8-17 5-5 0-4 5 3 21 Sprewell 41 11-20 6-8 1-7 2 2 29 Childs 31 2-5 0-0 0-5 8 4 4 Thomas 20 3-9 2-2 0-4 1 3 8 Longley 15 3-5 1-1 2-3 0 3 7 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - bruised right leg _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 17-20 12-48 22 23 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (L Johnson 3-5, Rice 1-2, Houston 0-1, Sprewell 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Longley). Turnovers: 12 (Sprewell 4, Childs 2, Rice 2, Houston, L Johnson, Longley, Thomas). Steals: 3 (Camby, Childs, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Denver 31 16 18 23 - 88 New York 22 24 28 22 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 3:17 1st, 4:16 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:10. Officials: Joe Derosa, David Jones, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- When Larry Johnson's 3-point shots fall, the New York Knicks usually don't.

Johnson finished with just 13 points but hit a pair of key 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Knicks hold off the Denver Nuggets, 96-88.

Latrell Sprewell scored 15 of his 29 points in the third quarter, when the Knicks broke out to a 74-65 lead after a back-and-forth first half.

"I thought the guys came out with the mindset of playing good defense in the second half," Johnson said. "To be a good team in this league, you have to defend the home court and that is our focus right now."

But the Nuggets came roaring back over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, running off 10 straight points to take a 75-74 lead on a layup by Raef LaFrentz with 8:05 left.

Allan Houston ended the Knicks' drought with a jumper with 7:48 to go, starting an 11-3 run that Johnson capped with a 3-pointer with 4:02 to go. That gave New York an 85-78 advantage.

When Nick Van Exel nailed a 3-pointer to pull the Nuggets within 89-88 with 1:09 to play, Johnson again hit from long range, pushing the Knicks' lead to four points with 50 seconds to play.

"Tonight, I thought they executed well. L.J. hit a couple of big shots from the corner and we just didn't answer the final call," Van Exel admitted. "We cannot leave him open because that's his favorite shot."

Van Exel missed from 3-point range and from in the paint down the stretch while Johnson and Spewell both hit a pair of free throws to nail down the victory.

"We found a way to play solid defense when we needed to," Houston said. "We are executing better down the stretch. I think that is a big key to winning games like this. When it comes down to the fourth quarter, you have to make stops and make plays on the offensive end. The guys made shots tonight."

Houston finished with 21 points and five assists for the Knicks, who have won five of their last six games and improved to a surprising 7-3 against Western Conference teams.

"The difference was, when they got open shots, Spree and Allan and Larry, they knocked them down," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "We had our opportunities, we just couldn't make a shot."

The Nuggets shot just 39 percent (32-of-81) from the field. Van Exel scored 24 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who have lost three straight. Antonio McDyess added 21 points and 15 rebounds and LaFrentz scored 17 points.

The Knicks trailed by as much as 31-22, after McDyess hit a seven-footer from the left side with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.

But Houston fed Chris Childs for an 18-footer to start the second quarter, then hit back-to-back 17-footers himself, getting the Knicks going on a 13-0 run to start the second quarter.

Luc Longley converted a 3-point play to tie the score and Houston fed Kurt Thomas for a pair of baskets in the paint, putting New York up 35-31 with 7:28 to go in the first half.

The game see-sawed the rest of the first half, with the Nuggets coming back to lead by as much as five points and the Knicks again rallying to lead by four.

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