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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 31 7 22 24 84 SACRAMENTO 35 24 28 30 117 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - VOSHON LENARD 23, RAEF LAFRENTZ 11, ANTONIO MCDYESS 9 SAC - PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 29, VLADE DIVAC 20, BOBBY JACKSON 18

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 13, KEVIN WILLIS 8 SAC - SCOT POLLARD 11, VLADE DIVAC 6

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 10, GEORGE MCCLOUD 3 SAC - DOUG CHRISTIE 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

DENVER (84) AT SACRAMENTO (117)

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

MCDYESS F 32 4-15 1-2 4 9 13 1 3 0 2 9 POSEY F 29 2-4 1-1 0 4 4 2 1 1 2 6 LAFRENTZ C 27 4-10 3-4 1 5 6 1 2 0 3 11 LENARD G 32 8-13 3-3 0 2 2 1 0 1 4 23 VAN EXEL G 34 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 10 0 0 2 5 MCCLOUD 25 3-6 2-2 0 0 0 3 3 1 3 8 WILLIS 20 3-10 2-2 5 3 8 0 5 2 2 8 ABDUL-WAHAD 11 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 GOLDWIRE 15 3-8 2-3 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 8 BOWEN 8 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 4 1 1 4 STRICKLAND 7 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 PACK DNP - TOE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 32-83 14-17 13 27 40 19 24 8 20 84 (.386) (.824) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 20(20 PTS)

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

CHRISTIE F 35 4-7 5-5 0 4 4 8 3 2 0 14 STOJAKOVIC F 35 11-19 2-4 2 2 4 2 1 1 2 29 DIVAC C 25 10-14 0-0 0 6 6 6 4 1 0 20 JACKSON G 35 8-12 2-2 0 4 4 3 0 2 2 18 WILLIAMS G 28 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 6 3 1 2 2 TURKOGLU 26 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 3 2 5 POLLARD 23 4-7 1-2 3 8 11 0 2 0 0 9 FUNDERBURKE 19 3-5 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 1 2 8 SMITH 7 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 MARTIN 7 1-1 5-6 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 8 ANDERSON DNP - BRUISED LOWER BACK WEBBER DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 45-81 19-23 6 33 39 31 16 12 10 117 (.556) (.826) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 10(7 PTS)

DENVER 31 7 22 24 - 84 SACRAMENTO 35 24 28 30 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ 3, MCDYESS, WILLIS. SACRAMENTO - CHRISTIE 2, DIVAC 2, POLLARD 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 6-18 (.333), POSEY 1-2, LAFRENTZ 0-1, LENARD 4-7, VAN EXEL 1-4, GOLDWIRE 0-4. SACRAMENTO 8-17 (.471), CHRISTIE 1-2, STOJAKOVIC 5-7, JACKSON 0-2, WILLIAMS 0-2, TURKOGLU 1-3, MARTIN 1-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - VAN EXEL, STRICKLAND, SACRAMENTO - SMITH. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, RON OLESIAK, KEVIN FEHR. A - 17,317. T - 1:59.


Box Score

DENVER (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 32 4-15 1-2 4-13 1 3 9 Posey 29 2-4 1-1 0-4 2 1 6 Lafrentz 27 4-10 3-4 1-6 1 2 11 Lenard 32 8-13 3-3 0-2 1 0 23 Van Exel 34 2-9 0-0 0-2 10 0 5 Mccloud 25 3-6 2-2 0-0 3 3 8 Willis 20 3-10 2-2 5-8 0 5 8 Abdul-wahad 11 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Goldwire 15 3-8 2-3 0-0 1 3 8 Bowen 8 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 4 4 Strickland 7 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Pack DNP - toe sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-83 14-17 13-40 19 24 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.386, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Posey 1-2, Lafrentz 0-1, Lenard 4-7, Van Exel 1-4, Goldwire 0-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Lafrentz 3, Mcdyess, Willis). Turnovers: 20 (Lenard 4, Lafrentz 3, Mccloud 3, Mcdyess 2, Posey 2, Van Exel 2, Willis 2, Abdul-wahad, Bowen). Steals: 8 (Willis 2, Bowen, Goldwire, Lenard, Mccloud, Posey, Strickland).

SACRAMENTO (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Christie 35 4-7 5-5 0-4 8 3 14 Stojakovic 35 11-19 2-4 2-4 2 1 29 Divac 25 10-14 0-0 0-6 6 4 20 Jackson 35 8-12 2-2 0-4 3 0 18 Williams 28 1-7 0-0 0-3 6 3 2 Turkoglu 26 2-7 0-0 0-2 2 0 5 Pollard 23 4-7 1-2 3-11 0 2 9 Funderburke 19 3-5 2-2 1-4 0 1 8 Smith 7 1-2 2-2 0-1 1 0 4 Martin 7 1-1 5-6 0-0 3 2 8 Anderson DNP - bruised lower back Webber DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-81 19-23 6-39 31 16 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.556, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Christie 1-2, Stojakovic 5-7, Jackson 0-2, Williams 0-2, Turkoglu 1-3, Martin 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Christie 2, Divac 2, Pollard 2). Turnovers: 10 (Funderburke 2, Jackson 2, Stojakovic 2, Turkoglu 2, Williams 2). Steals: 12 (Turkoglu 3, Christie 2, Jackson 2, Divac, Funderburke, Martin, Stojakovic, Williams). ____________________________________________ Denver 31 7 22 24 - 84 Sacramento 35 24 28 30 - 117 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 2 (Van Exel, 12:00 3rd; Strickland, 2:16 4th). Sacramento 1 (Smith, 2:16 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 1:59. Officials: Joe Forte, Ron Olesiak, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- For one quarter, the Denver Nuggets looked ready to go basket for basket with the high-scoring Sacramento Kings. Then coach Dan Issel's road-weary team realized it was at Arco Arena.

The Nuggets matched a franchise record-low with seven points in the second quarter as Peja Stojakovic and the Kings rolled to their eighth straight home win against the Nuggets, 117-84, despite the absence of superstar forward Chris Webber.

Denver trailed 33-31 entering the second period but went more than seven minutes without a basket while the Kings piled up 17 straight points, a run capped by rookie Hidayet Turkoglu's 21-footer, which stretched the advantage to 51-31.

"We got back into the game by the end of the first (quarter)," Issel said. "The second quarter, we make two out of 20 shots, we got into such a deep hole. But you've got to give Sacramento credit, they just outplayed us in every area of the game."

Voshon Lenard finally answered with a 21-footer with 4:55 left in the second quarter. The basket came 9:06 after Lenard drilled a 3-pointer with 2:21 left in the opening period.

The Nuggets also managed seven points in the fourth quarter at Golden State on December 18, 1997.

"They held us to one shot, they got the rebound and pushed it," Denver point guard Nick Van Exel said of the Kings' run. "They had a lot of 2-on-1 and 3-on-2. We just didn't help, we didn't talk as a team and we paid for it."

Down 59-38 at halftime, Van Exel made matters worse when by jawing with officials, resulting in a technical foul and a free throw that Doug Christie buried when the teams took the floor to open the second half.

Stojakovic scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half and sat out most of the fourth quarter as the teams played extended garbage time after intermission. Webber, the Kings' leading scorer and rebounder, missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle.

Nine days removed from an embarrassing 117-88 loss at Minnesota and coming off a 1-4 road trip, the Kings improved to 21-4 in Sacramento, tying them with San Antonio and Portland for the NBA's best home record.

"I can't say enough about our team after last night," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said, referring to a 105-81 loss to the Trail Blazers. "I'm really proud of these guys. They started the game aggressive and maintained it the whole game. For 48 minutes, we played hard, we were the aggressors and I give those guys a lot of credit."

Lenard finished with 20 points for the Nuggets, who dropped their fourth straight away from the Pepsi Center and fell to a dismal 7-19 overall on the road.

Vlade Divac and Bobby Jackson also tore through the Nuggets' invisible defense. Divac had 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Jackson hit 8-of-12 attempts en route to a season-high 18 points.

"It was nice to see that everybody was ready for the game, knowing you have C. Webb out, you have to really look at yourself and ask how you can help the team," Divac said. "Definitely tonight, everybody did the job."

"That's our game," Jackson said. "Without Chris, everybody has to come in and step up. We knew what we had to do. We talked about it on the plane after last night. They thought they were going to come in and get a win without C. Webb tonight, but we knew we had to come in and take care of business."

Christie added 14 points for the Kings, who shot 56 percent (45-of-81) and scored 20 points off turnovers while yielding just five.

Raef LaFrentz scored 11 points and Antonio McDyess added just nine on 4-of-15 shooting and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who shot 39 percent (32-of-83).

The Kings' run took on a surreal quality with every Denver miss and actually began when Jackson drilled a 16-footer with 1:36 left in the first quarter to snap a 31-31 tie.

In the second quarter, Lawrence Funderburke slammed, Christie and Jackson had back-to-back baskets, Jackson hit two free throws, Williams hit a jumper, Funderburke made two more from the line and Turkoglu knocked down his shot to make it 51-31.

"We were going to attack them from the start of the game and get ourselves into it and get the crowd into it and see if we could get some energy after last night's game," Adelman said.

The Nuggets missed 18-of-20 shots in the second quarter after going 12-of-21 over the first 12 minutes. Although the loss was humiliating, it was not the worst endured by Denver this season. Issel's squad suffered a 116-78 whipping at Utah on November 22.

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