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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 30 28 17 17 92 TORONTO 21 26 25 27 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 25, ANTONIO MCDYESS 19, RAEF LAFRENTZ 17 TOR - VINCE CARTER 31, ANTONIO DAVIS 21, KEON CLARK 15

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 20, RAEF LAFRENTZ 5 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 12, KEON CLARK 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 9, MARK JACKSON 5

ATT: 18,041


Extended Box

DENVER (92) AT TORONTO (99)

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

MCDYESS F 39 9-18 1-2 6 14 20 4 5 1 2 19 POSEY F 34 3-6 0-0 1 3 4 2 5 2 0 7 LAFRENTZ C 37 7-8 3-5 1 4 5 0 5 1 3 17 LENARD G 29 3-9 1-2 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 9 VAN EXEL G 43 9-23 2-2 0 3 3 9 1 0 2 25 WILLIS 20 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 1 0 2 MCCLOUD 30 3-9 3-6 0 2 2 4 2 1 3 10 BOWEN 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 GOLDWIRE 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - COACH'S DECISION PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-80 10-17 8 32 40 23 25 6 11 92 (.450) (.588) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

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

OAKLEY F 31 2-8 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 1 1 4 PETERSON F 18 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 2 A DAVIS C 37 7-13 7-8 5 7 12 0 4 1 0 21 CARTER G 40 10-20 9-10 0 3 3 4 3 0 2 31 JACKSON G 27 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 1 2 3 A WILLIAMS 31 2-4 4-4 0 5 5 9 0 0 1 9 CLARK 28 7-9 1-2 1 6 7 0 2 1 0 15 MURRAY 8 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 CURRY 20 5-8 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 14 NDIAYE DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WILLIAMSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-76 23-26 8 32 40 26 18 5 9 99 (.461) (.885) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9(10 PTS)

DENVER 30 28 17 17 - 92 TORONTO 21 26 25 27 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS, LAFRENTZ. TORONTO - CLARK 5, A DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 10-24 (.417), POSEY 1-3, LAFRENTZ 0-1, LENARD 2-5, VAN EXEL 5-10, MCCLOUD 1-4, GOLDWIRE 1-1. TORONTO 6-14 (.429), PETERSON 0-1, CARTER 2-4, JACKSON 1-4, A WILLIAMS 1-1, MURRAY 0-2, CURRY 2-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, GEORGE TOLIVER, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 18,041. T - 2:14.


Box Score

DENVER (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 39 9-18 1-2 6-20 4 5 19 Posey 34 3-6 0-0 1-4 2 5 7 Lafrentz 37 7-8 3-5 1-5 0 5 17 Lenard 29 3-9 1-2 0-3 2 0 9 Van Exel 43 9-23 2-2 0-3 9 1 25 Willis 20 1-6 0-0 0-3 1 4 2 Mccloud 30 3-9 3-6 0-2 4 2 10 Bowen 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Goldwire 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 3 Abdul-wahad DNP - coach's decision Pack DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-80 10-17 8-40 23 25 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.588. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (Posey 1-3, Lafrentz 0-1, Lenard 2-5, Van Exel 5-10, Mccloud 1-4, Goldwire 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Mcdyess, Lafrentz). Turnovers: 11 (Lafrentz 3, Mccloud 3, Mcdyess 2, Van Exel 2, Bowen). Steals: 6 (Posey 2, Lafrentz, Mccloud, Mcdyess, Willis).

TORONTO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 31 2-8 0-0 1-5 3 3 4 Peterson 18 1-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 A Davis 37 7-13 7-8 5-12 0 4 21 Carter 40 10-20 9-10 0-3 4 3 31 Jackson 27 1-6 0-0 0-3 5 1 3 A Williams 31 2-4 4-4 0-5 9 0 9 Clark 28 7-9 1-2 1-7 0 2 15 Murray 8 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Curry 20 5-8 2-2 0-2 2 2 14 Ndiaye DNP - coach's decision M Stewart DNP - coach's decision C Williamson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 23-26 8-40 26 18 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.885. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Peterson 0-1, Carter 2-4, Jackson 1-4, A Williams 1-1, Murray 0-2, Curry 2-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Clark 5, A Davis). Turnovers: 9 (Carter 2, Jackson 2, Peterson 2, A Williams, Curry, Oakley). Steals: 5 (A Davis, Clark, Jackson, Murray, Oakley). ____________________________________________ Denver 30 28 17 17 - 92 Toronto 21 26 25 27 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,041. T: 2:14. Officials: Bob Delaney, George Toliver, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets can't seem to solve their problems on the road, especially against the Eastern Conference.

The Toronto Raptors used a total team effort heading into the All-Star break to record a 99-92 victory over the Nuggets, who fell to 7-18 on the road and 1-9 against the East.

Vince Carter led the Toronto attack with 31 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Antonio Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds after being named an All-Star for the first time earlier in the day.

"Having the opportunity to show my potential here in Toronto and now be an All-Star is a dream come true," Davis said. "I was a little disappointed before, but now I am excited to be going, whatever the reason. I'm happy to represent the team and the city."

Denver controlled the game for three quarters but looked sluggish in the fourth as they ended their longest road trip of the season.

"We ran out of gas," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "We gave a pretty good effort for the sixth game of a six-game road trip. I thought we played well the entire game, but we didn't seem to have the same juice in the second half."

The Raptors climbed back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit and trailed by three entering the fourth before dominating the final 12 minutes. Toronto opened the quarter with six straight points and took its first lead on a 3-pointer by Alvin Williams with 9:58 remaining.

"We showed great willpower in the second half," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We made our minds up to play good defense and get back into the game."

Denver fell behind by as many as six but came back to tie on Nick Van Exel's basket with 3:52 to go. Dell Curry responded 23 seconds later with a 19-foot jumper that put the Raptors ahead for good, 89-87.

The Nuggets missed three 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds and Toronto made 4-of-4 free throws down the stretch to seal its sixth victory in seven games.

Curry finished with 14 points and former Nugget Keon Clark chipped in 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds and five blocks.

"Keon played terrific for them," Issel said. "That's the kind of ability he has."

Clark relished the experience to harass his former team after being criticized often by Issel before he was traded to Toronto earlier this season.

"In Denver I was always looking over my shoulder at the coach, but here I don't have to worry about anything but playing, which is beautiful," Clark said. "I don't have to worry about anyone saying anything negative to me on the floor."

The 6-11 center had some words for Issel during the game.

"I told him, `Thanks for trading me,' as I was running by the bench," Clark said. "This trade was good for me."

The Raptors used a 15-5 third-quarter run to close within four on a 3-pointer by Mark Jackson with 5:13 remaining. Toronto got a basket three times in the final three minutes, but the Nuggets responded on their ensuing possession each time and held a 75-72 lead entering the fourth.

Denver scored the game's first eight points, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Voshon Lenard. The Nuggets opened a 26-10 lead on a dunk by James Posey with 3:50 remaining, but an 11-4 run by the Raptors closed the gap to 30-21 at the end of the first quarter.

Van Exel finished with 25 points and nine assists and Raef LaFrentz scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Antonio McDyess had 13 points and 15 rebounds at halftime but collected just six and five thereafter as Denver wrapped up a 1-5 road trip.

"We don't have any heart and desire on the road," Van Exel said. "We don't play half as well on the road as we do at home. It'll be tough to bounce back from a 1-5 road trip."

"On this trip we played three or four games we could have won," Issel added. "We have to learn it takes a little more focus on the road."

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