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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 28 20 29 23 100 DENVER 17 38 32 23 110 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - SCOT POLLARD 18, DARRICK MARTIN 15, VLADE DIVAC 14 DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 32, KEVIN WILLIS 25, ANTHONY GOLDWIRE 14

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - SCOT POLLARD 14, VLADE DIVAC 7 DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 20, KEVIN WILLIS 19

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - JON BARRY 7, JASON WILLIAMS 4 DEN - ROBERT PACK 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

ATT: 18,495


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (100) AT DENVER (110)

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

STOJAKOVIC F 21 5-11 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 0 2 11 WEBBER F 14 2-7 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 6 DIVAC C 17 4-8 6-8 3 4 7 2 0 3 3 14 CHRISTIE G 22 0-5 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 3 2 2 WILLIAMS G 18 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 0 3 8 TURKOGLU 19 3-8 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 6 POLLARD 38 8-10 2-4 5 9 14 1 3 1 1 18 JACKSON 17 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 4 BARRY 26 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 7 2 2 0 7 SMITH 27 4-8 1-2 0 1 1 3 3 4 2 9 MARTIN 21 4-8 5-6 0 3 3 3 3 0 1 15 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-84 18-24 10 29 39 28 17 15 16 100 (.452) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(22 PTS)

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

G MCCLOUD F 42 5-10 0-0 1 2 3 7 1 0 2 12 WILLIS F 41 12-26 1-1 7 12 19 0 2 4 3 25 LAFRENTZ C 36 13-28 1-1 6 14 20 2 4 2 1 32 PACK G 27 2-7 0-0 4 0 4 10 2 2 6 4 POSEY G 23 0-5 2-2 3 2 5 0 2 1 0 2 LENARD 28 5-14 0-0 0 4 4 7 2 1 3 13 D MCCLINTOCK 11 1-3 0-1 2 3 5 0 2 0 2 2 DAVIS 7 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 GOLDWIRE 20 5-9 3-3 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 14 BOWEN 5 1-3 0-0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 2 MCDYESS DNP - SUBLUXATED LEFT KNEECAP VAN EXEL DNP - LOWER BACK STRAIN

TOTALS 240 46-108 7-8 27 37 64 33 18 10 19 110 (.426) (.875) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 28 20 29 23 - 100 DENVER 17 38 32 23 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - DIVAC 2, POLLARD, TURKOGLU. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 3, WILLIS 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 6-21 (.286), STOJAKOVIC 1-2, WEBBER 0-2, CHRISTIE 0-3, WILLIAMS 2-4, JACKSON 0-3, BARRY 1-4, MARTIN 2-3. DENVER 11-21 (.524), G MCCLOUD 2-3, LAFRENTZ 5-8, LENARD 3-7, GOLDWIRE 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TOMMY NUNEZ, BILL KENNEDY. A - 18,495. T - 1:57.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Stojakovic 21 5-11 0-0 0-2 3 0 11 Webber 14 2-7 2-2 0-2 0 1 6 Divac 17 4-8 6-8 3-7 2 0 14 Christie 22 0-5 2-2 0-4 1 2 2 Williams 18 3-6 0-0 0-0 4 0 8 Turkoglu 19 3-8 0-0 1-1 1 1 6 Pollard 38 8-10 2-4 5-14 1 3 18 Jackson 17 2-6 0-0 1-3 3 2 4 Barry 26 3-7 0-0 0-2 7 2 7 Smith 27 4-8 1-2 0-1 3 3 9 Martin 21 4-8 5-6 0-3 3 3 15 Anderson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-84 18-24 10-39 28 17 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Stojakovic 1-2, Webber 0-2, Christie 0-3, Williams 2-4, Jackson 0-3, Barry 1-4, Martin 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Divac 2, Pollard, Turkoglu). Turnovers: 16 (Divac 3, Williams 3, Christie 2, Smith 2, Stojakovic 2, Jackson, Martin, Pollard, Webber). Steals: 15 (Smith 4, Christie 3, Divac 3, Barry 2, Jackson, Pollard, Webber).

DENVER (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Mccloud 42 5-10 0-0 1-3 7 1 12 Willis 41 12-26 1-1 7-19 0 2 25 Lafrentz 36 13-28 1-1 6-20 2 4 32 Pack 27 2-7 0-0 4-4 10 2 4 Posey 23 0-5 2-2 3-5 0 2 2 Lenard 28 5-14 0-0 0-4 7 2 13 D Mcclintock 11 1-3 0-1 2-5 0 2 2 Davis 7 2-3 0-0 1-1 1 2 4 Goldwire 20 5-9 3-3 0-0 6 0 14 Bowen 5 1-3 0-0 3-3 0 1 2 Mcdyess DNP - subluxated left kneecap Van Exel DNP - lower back strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24046-108 7-8 27-64 33 18 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 11-21, .524 (G Mccloud 2-3, Lafrentz 5-8, Lenard 3-7, Goldwire 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Lafrentz 3, Willis 3). Turnovers: 19 (Pack 6, Lenard 3, Willis 3, D Mcclintock 2, G Mccloud 2, Goldwire 2, Lafrentz). Steals: 10 (Willis 4, Lafrentz 2, Pack 2, Lenard, Posey). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 28 20 29 23 - 100 Denver 17 38 32 23 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,495. T: 1:57. Officials: Hue Hollins, Tommy Nunez, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Sacramento Kings will have to settle for a share of the best record in franchise history.

With their starters playing limited minutes, the Kings closed the most successful season since the franchise moved to Sacramento with a 110-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

The Kings finished 55-27, matching the franchise mark for wins set in 1963-64, when the team was in Cincinnati and known as the Royals.

In the final week of the season, the Kings were in position to capture their first Pacific Division title, but they dropped three of their last four contests and finished one game behind the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.

"We wanted to win to be tied with the world champs," said Kings forward Chris Webber, who scored only six points in 14 minutes. "We have accomplished a lot this year with the best record in Kings' history and we're very pround of that. Tonight, we just wanted to stay healthy for the playoffs."

Scot Pollard recorded 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, which settled for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and faces the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.

"The playoffs is what we play for," Sacramento center Vlade Divac said. "We were motivated tonight. We wanted to win, but they were shooting the ball very well."

Raef LaFrentz tied a career high with 32 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for the Nuggets, who finished 40-42. Kevin Willis added 25 and 19 for Denver.

"Forty wins sounds a lot better than 39," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "I know they didn't play their starters, but we've played a couple teams in San Antonio and the Lakers that had something to play for and the guys fought hard."

LaFrentz (13-of-28) and Willis (12-of-26) were unstoppable inside, combining to make 25-of-54 shots. Denver shot only 43 percent from the field, but attempted 108 shots and made 11-of-21 3-pointers, including 5-of-8 by LaFrentz. The Nuggets held a 64-39 edge off the boards.

LaFrentz pointed to miss opportunities in the second half of the season as the reason why his club missed the playoffs.

"You have to push through those nights that are tough, like in February and March," LaFrentz said. "I think two years in a row that's hurt the team. Injuries hurt at the end of the season."

The Kings jumped to a 28-17 lead after the first quarter, but gave up 38 points in the second period and trailed, 55-48, at the break.

"Both teams came out flat," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "The second half was entertaining. The jumped all over us. Our second team worked hard. I was going to but our starters back in. I'm glad to get this game over."

Denver opened a 77-57 lead on LaFrentz's 3-pointer with 6:19 left in the third quarter. With the starters on the bench, the Kings made a spirited rally, closing to 89-88 on Pollard's tip-in with 9:06 to play.

But the Kings never regained the lead as the Nuggets used an 8-0 spurt to open a 100-90 advantage on Voshon Lenard's 3-pointer with 7:11 to play.

"Tonight's game was rough and rugged but that's how it goes," Kings guard Jason Williams said. "Our bench came to play tonight. We knew when the starters went out that they were going to make a run. Raef and Scot always go at it hard because they're both from Kansas."

Darrick Martin chipped in with 15 off the bench for the Kings, while Divac added 14 and Peja Stojakovic 11, respectively.

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