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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 26 19 23 29 97 DENVER 29 22 21 26 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 32, MICHAEL DICKERSON 19, MIKE BIBBY 17 DEN - JAMES POSEY 22, RAEF LAFRENTZ 19, GEORGE MCCLOUD 18

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - BRYANT REEVES 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 DEN - JAMES POSEY 11, KEVIN WILLIS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 18, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 6 DEN - ROBERT PACK 12, GEORGE MCCLOUD 5

ATT: 14,934


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (97) AT DENVER (98)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 44 9-20 13-14 2 6 8 6 3 1 5 32 MASSENBURG F 18 2-4 1-2 0 3 3 0 4 2 2 5 REEVES C 36 7-14 1-1 3 9 12 0 3 0 0 15 BIBBY G 44 8-13 0-2 3 5 8 18 1 2 4 17 DICKERSON G 42 7-17 2-3 0 6 6 3 5 2 2 19 SWIFT 16 0-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 1 1 0 AUSTIN 12 0-4 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 0 EDWARDS 7 1-3 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 JONES 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 LONG 17 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 6 M ABDUL-RAUF DNP - BACK SPASMS STRICKLAND DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 37-86 18-24 13 36 49 28 22 9 14 97 (.430) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

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

G MCCLOUD F 38 7-13 0-0 0 6 6 5 4 1 3 18 WILLIS F 43 6-17 3-4 4 5 9 1 5 2 2 15 LAFRENTZ C 38 5-12 6-11 0 5 5 0 3 1 4 19 PACK G 34 4-9 1-2 1 6 7 12 0 0 4 10 POSEY G 44 8-15 3-3 2 9 11 2 5 1 2 22 BOWEN 9 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 LENARD 27 4-8 3-4 2 0 2 4 2 1 2 14 GOLDWIRE 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 D MCCLINTOCK 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CHEANEY DNP - METACARPAL FRACTURE RIGHT HAND MCDYESS DNP - SUBLUXATED LEFT KNEECAP VAN EXEL DNP - LOWER BACK STRAIN

TOTALS 240 34-78 16-24 9 33 42 26 23 7 17 98 (.436) (.667) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

VANCOUVER 26 19 23 29 - 97 DENVER 29 22 21 26 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - AUSTIN, REEVES, SWIFT. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 5, POSEY, G MCCLOUD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 5-9 (.556), S ABDUR-RAHIM 1-1, BIBBY 1-3, DICKERSON 3-3, AUSTIN 0-1, JONES 0-1. DENVER 14-24 (.583), G MCCLOUD 4-7, WILLIS 0-1, LAFRENTZ 3-4, PACK 1-2, POSEY 3-5, LENARD 3-4, GOLDWIRE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, LEON WOOD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 14,934. T - 2:07.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 44 9-20 13-14 2-8 6 3 32 Massenburg 18 2-4 1-2 0-3 0 4 5 Reeves 36 7-14 1-1 3-12 0 3 15 Bibby 44 8-13 0-2 3-8 18 1 17 Dickerson 42 7-17 2-3 0-6 3 5 19 Swift 16 0-5 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 Austin 12 0-4 0-0 1-5 1 2 0 Edwards 7 1-3 1-2 1-1 0 1 3 Jones 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Long 17 3-5 0-0 1-2 0 2 6 M Abdul-rauf DNP - back spasms Strickland DNP - strained left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 18-24 13-49 28 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (S Abdur-rahim 1-1, Bibby 1-3, Dickerson 3-3, Austin 0-1, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Austin, Reeves, Swift). Turnovers: 14 (S Abdur-rahim 5, Bibby 4, Dickerson 2, Massenburg 2, Swift). Steals: 9 (Bibby 2, Dickerson 2, Massenburg 2, Jones, S Abdur-rahim, Swift).

DENVER (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Mccloud 38 7-13 0-0 0-6 5 4 18 Willis 43 6-17 3-4 4-9 1 5 15 Lafrentz 38 5-12 6-11 0-5 0 3 19 Pack 34 4-9 1-2 1-7 12 0 10 Posey 44 8-15 3-3 2-11 2 5 22 Bowen 9 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Lenard 27 4-8 3-4 2-2 4 2 14 Goldwire 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 D Mcclintock 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Cheaney DNP - metacarpal fracture right hand Mcdyess DNP - subluxated left kneecap Van Exel DNP - lower back strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 16-24 9-42 26 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 14-24, .583 (G Mccloud 4-7, Willis 0-1, Lafrentz 3-4, Pack 1-2, Posey 3-5, Lenard 3-4, Goldwire 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Lafrentz 5, Posey, G Mccloud). Turnovers: 17 (Lafrentz 4, Pack 4, G Mccloud 3, Lenard 2, Posey 2, Willis 2). Steals: 7 (Willis 2, G Mccloud, Goldwire, Lafrentz, Lenard, Posey). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 26 19 23 29 - 97 Denver 29 22 21 26 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,934. T: 2:07. Officials: Terry Durham, Leon Wood, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- James Posey led six players in double figures with 22 points as the Denver Nuggets completed their first season sweep of the Vancouver Grizzlies with a 98-97 victory.

Playing without guard Nick Van Exel, the Nuggets used 14 3-pointers and swept the four-game season series from Vancouver, which is in its sixth season.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim's leaner with 3.9 seconds to go bounced off the back of the rim to deny the Grizzlies their first win in Denver since November 18, 1997.

Mike Bibby found Abdur-Rahim on the left wing and Abdur-Rahim spun into double coverage and forced the shot against George McCloud and Robert Pack. The duo beat Grant Long to the rebound as time expired.

"I thought we had a chance to pull it off," Abdur-Rahim said. "I was trying to get an open look at the basket and there were other guys that I thought had better looks. I tried to make a play to win the game and we didn't. It's been a tough year all together."

"They saw Shareef had the ball and converged on him. Of course I'd have had him pass it to Bibby," Vancouver coach Sidney Lowe said.

Pack scored seven points in under two minutes, including a shot from the arc to give the Nuggets a 95-90 lead with 1:54 to go. After Abdur-Rahim hit a pair from the line, Pack responded with a jumper with 85 seconds remaining.

Abdur-Rahim made a 3-pointer before Pack split a pair from the line. Abdur-Rahim, who scored 24 points in the second half, dunked to cut the deficit to 98-97 with 42 seconds to go.

Pack scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter and added 12 assists for Denver, which shot 43 percent (34-of-78).

Denver went 4-for-4 from the arc in the final quarter.

Raef LaFrentz went 3-of-4 from the arc and scored 19 points for the Nuggets. McCloud converted 4-of-7 from long range and added 18 points. Voshon Lenard added 14 points on 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Denver also played without All-Star Antonio McDyess due to a knee injury.

"I thought George and Voshon hit some big threes," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "There's no question we struggled tonight. Tonight I really thought we missed Nick and Antonio. ... And we were lucky they missed that last shot."

Abdur-Rahim scored 32 points for Vancouver, which needs one win in its final five games to set a franchise single-season record with 23 wins.

"You always hope its going to fall," said Bibby, who had 18 assists. "I thought he had a decent look at it, it just didn't go down. We're just trying to win every game from here on out and not break any records. Tonight we fought and just couldn't get over the hump."

Michael Dickerson scored 19 points and Bryant Reeves added 15 and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who trailed 51-45 at halftime. They shot 43 percent (37-of-86), including 5-of-9 from the arc.

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