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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 26 15 20 23 84 GOLDEN STATE 20 17 29 13 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 17, RAEF LAFRENTZ 16, ROBERT PACK 15 GSW - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 20, CHRIS PORTER 15, ANTAWN JAMISON 15

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 17, RAEF LAFRENTZ 16 GSW - ADONAL FOYLE 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 7, VOSHON LENARD 3 GSW - BOBBY SURA 7, MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 5

ATT: 10,274


Extended Box

DENVER (84) AT GOLDEN STATE (79)

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

MCDYESS F 38 5-19 2-4 8 9 17 2 3 1 2 12 POSEY F 35 2-7 0-0 3 4 7 1 3 1 1 4 LAFRENTZ C 32 7-11 2-5 7 9 16 0 5 0 2 16 LENARD G 37 4-12 5-7 1 3 4 3 3 1 3 14 VAN EXEL G 36 6-20 4-4 1 3 4 7 2 0 2 17 WILLIS 18 2-7 0-0 5 4 9 0 4 0 2 4 PACK 20 4-8 6-6 0 1 1 1 0 3 2 15 STRICKLAND 8 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 BOWEN 16 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 1 0 2 DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION GOLDWIRE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCLOUD DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 31-89 19-26 26 36 62 16 22 7 15 84 (.348) (.731) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

JAMISON F 42 5-23 3-6 1 6 7 2 2 0 0 15 PORTER F 37 5-19 5-9 4 2 6 2 1 1 0 15 FOYLE C 29 3-7 1-2 3 5 8 1 4 1 1 7 BLAYLOCK G 42 8-14 1-1 2 5 7 5 4 2 3 20 SURA G 37 5-11 3-6 4 3 7 7 4 0 2 13 DAMPIER 18 2-4 1-2 1 4 5 2 2 0 4 5 CUMMINGS 14 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 2 0 0 BLOUNT 21 2-4 0-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 4 4 HUGHES DNP - STRAINED LEFT SHOULDER JACKSON DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN KEEFE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCPHERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-83 14-28 17 30 47 19 22 6 14 79 (.361) (.500) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

DENVER 26 15 20 23 - 84 GOLDEN STATE 20 17 29 13 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ 4, POSEY, WILLIS, LENARD. GOLDEN STATE - DAMPIER 3, BLAYLOCK 2, CUMMINGS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 3-14 (.214), POSEY 0-2, LAFRENTZ 0-2, LENARD 1-3, VAN EXEL 1-6, PACK 1-1. GOLDEN STATE 5-9 (.556), JAMISON 2-3, BLAYLOCK 3-6. TECHNICALS: DENVER - VAN EXEL, HEAD COACH ISSEL, GOLDEN STATE - BLAYLOCK. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, SCOTT FOSTER, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 10,274. T - 2:10.


Box Score

DENVER (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 38 5-19 2-4 8-17 2 3 12 Posey 35 2-7 0-0 3-7 1 3 4 Lafrentz 32 7-11 2-5 7-16 0 5 16 Lenard 37 4-12 5-7 1-4 3 3 14 Van Exel 36 6-20 4-4 1-4 7 2 17 Willis 18 2-7 0-0 5-9 0 4 4 Pack 20 4-8 6-6 0-1 1 0 15 Strickland 8 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Bowen 16 1-3 0-0 1-3 2 1 2 Davis DNP - coach's decision Goldwire DNP - coach's decision Mccloud DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-89 19-26 26-62 16 22 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.348, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Posey 0-2, Lafrentz 0-2, Lenard 1-3, Van Exel 1-6, Pack 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Lafrentz 4, Posey, Willis, Lenard). Turnovers: 16 (Lenard 3, Lafrentz 2, Mcdyess 2, Pack 2, Van Exel 2, Willis 2, Posey, Strickland). Steals: 7 (Pack 3, Bowen, Lenard, Mcdyess, Posey).

GOLDEN STATE (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jamison 42 5-23 3-6 1-7 2 2 15 Porter 37 5-19 5-9 4-6 2 1 15 Foyle 29 3-7 1-2 3-8 1 4 7 Blaylock 42 8-14 1-1 2-7 5 4 20 Sura 37 5-11 3-6 4-7 7 4 13 Dampier 18 2-4 1-2 1-5 2 2 5 Cummings 14 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 3 0 Blount 21 2-4 0-2 1-4 0 2 4 Hughes DNP - strained left shoulder Jackson DNP - strained left groin Keefe DNP - coach's decision Mcpherson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-83 14-28 17-47 19 22 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.361, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Jamison 2-3, Blaylock 3-6). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Dampier 3, Blaylock 2, Cummings). Turnovers: 15 (Blount 4, Dampier 4, Blaylock 3, Sura 2, Foyle). Steals: 6 (Blaylock 2, Cummings 2, Foyle, Porter). ____________________________________________ Denver 26 15 20 23 - 84 Golden State 20 17 29 13 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 2 (Van Exel, 5:22 3rd; Head Coach Issel, 4:57 3rd). Golden State 1 (Blaylock, 7:38 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,274. T: 2:10. Officials: Bob Delaney, Scott Foster, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Nick Van Exel reappeared to score 17 points as the Denver Nuuggets snapped a nine-game road losing streak with an 84-79 victory over the ailing Golden State Warriors.

Van Exel scored seven fourth-quarter points with under four minutes to play to anchor the surge for the Nuggets, who broke a five-game slide overall. Van Exel had missed the last two games due to a bruised knee.

"We needed to beat anybody, whoever it was," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "We needed a win badly to get things back on track. Now we go back home and play three winnable games."

Van Exel checked back into the game with 4:38 to play and notched his first points of the final quarter with 3:46 left when he converted a pair from the free-throw line to give Denver just its third lead of the second half, 75-74.

With the game tied at 77-77, Van Exel knocked down an open 3-pointer from the left corner to give Denver the lead for good with 2:26 to play.

"It didn't feel that good to be back in the lineup because I didn't play that good," said Van Exel, who went 0-for-5 from behind the arc before that basket. "I had some good looks at the end, and finally they went down for me. I had been struggling the whole night, but coach kept calling my number."

After four missed shots by both teams, Mookie Blaylock misfired on a 3-point attempt with 1:11 to go before Van Exel connected on a turnaround jumper to push the lead to 82-77 with 53 seconds remaining.

Voshon Lenard converted two free throws with 14.5 seconds to play before Bob Sura hit a bucket with seven seconds left to cap the scoring.

Antawn Jamison and Antonio McDyess traded buckets midway through the final quarter to keep the game tied until the surge at the 2:26 mark.

McDyess, in his first game back after missing three with a dislocated knee, finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds on 5-of-19 from the floor. Jamison added 15 points on 5-of-23 shooting.

"It was rough being back tonight," McDyess said. "It really bothered me tonight, but I fought through it. My rhythm wasn't there. My shot felt good, but it wasn't going in. My knee really caused me a lot of problems tonight, it never warmed up. I think as the game progressed, it got worse."

Raef LaFrentz collected 16 points and a season-high 16 boards for Denver, which shot 34 percent from the field (31-of-89).

Golden State has dropped seven straight and with three losses in as many meetings, has lost a season series to the Nuggets for the first time since 1992-93.

The Warriors have lost 219 man games due to injury this season and played without guard Larry Hughes (shoulder) and center Marc Jackson (groin). They received 20 points from Blaylock, but shot just 36 percent from the floor (30-of-83).

The Warriors used a 12-3 run to start the second half.

Jamison, who scored just three first half points, knocked down a 3-pointer to put Golden State up 44-42 with 10:20 to play in the third. After Van Exel tied it, Blaylock nailed one from behind the arc for a three-point advantage.

"I couldn't get into a rhythm, make shots," Jamison said. "It definitely took our team out of rhythm. Most of the shots were good shots, the ones I normally take but for some reason, I couldn't get it going and especially down the stretch. It hurt us a lot and I definitely take a lot of the responsibility for what happened on the offensive and defensive end. It definitely affected some of my teammates."

But after LaFrentz tied it 49-49 with a layup with under eight minutes to play, neither team took control until Van Exel hit the long-range bucket.

"We could have won if we had forced a turnover or made an open shot," said Blaylock. "But I'm proud of the way the team played, the way the guys played."

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