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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 20 28 31 17 96 DENVER 26 24 28 19 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RUBEN PATTERSON 31, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 20, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 13 DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 25, NICK VAN EXEL 20, CALBERT CHEANEY 14

HIGH REBOUND: POR - DALE DAVIS 13, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 7 DEN - RAEF LAFRENTZ 9, ZENDON HAMILTON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 16, AVERY JOHNSON 3

ATT: 16,539


Extended Box

PORTLAND (96) AT DENVER (97)

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

PIPPEN F 42 5-15 2-2 1 3 4 10 1 2 3 13 DAVIS F 42 3-9 5-5 6 7 13 3 2 2 1 11 WALLACE C 38 5-14 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 2 1 10 STOUDAMIRE G 38 9-21 0-0 3 4 7 4 1 2 2 20 WELLS G 13 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 PATTERSON 36 13-18 4-6 4 2 6 4 1 6 2 31 KEMP 10 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 0 KERR 13 4-5 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 BRUNSON 7 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 DUDLEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - SPRAINED TOE RANDOLPH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-92 12-14 14 22 36 27 13 15 11 96 (.435) (.857) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(17 PTS)

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

HAMILTON F 29 2-7 5-6 1 7 8 1 1 1 0 9 POSEY F 18 2-6 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 0 3 5 LAFRENTZ C 42 11-19 2-2 3 6 9 2 4 2 3 25 CHEANEY G 30 6-11 2-2 0 5 5 2 2 1 3 14 VAN EXEL G 41 7-13 5-5 0 6 6 16 1 1 7 20 ABDUL-WAHAD 15 1-3 0-0 0 5 5 2 2 0 2 2 G MCCLOUD 21 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 9 JOHNSON 15 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 LENARD 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BOWEN 25 3-6 1-1 4 2 6 1 2 0 1 7 ANDERSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION SATTERFIELD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-78 15-16 11 35 46 28 15 7 19 97 (.500) (.938) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 21(29 PTS)

PORTLAND 20 28 31 17 - 96 DENVER 26 24 28 19 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 2, PATTERSON, KERR. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 5, ABDUL-WAHAD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 4-19 (.211), PIPPEN 1-6, WALLACE 0-3, STOUDAMIRE 2-7, WELLS 0-2, PATTERSON 1-1. DENVER 4-16 (.250), POSEY 1-4, LAFRENTZ 1-4, VAN EXEL 1-5, G MCCLOUD 1-3. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WELLS 2 (EJECTED), DAVIS, DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, GREG WILLARD, JOE HENDERSON. A - 16,539. T - 2:03.


Box Score

PORTLAND (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 42 5-15 2-2 1-4 10 1 13 Davis 42 3-9 5-5 6-13 3 2 11 Wallace 38 5-14 0-0 0-2 2 2 10 Stoudamire 38 9-21 0-0 3-7 4 1 20 Wells 13 0-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Patterson 36 13-18 4-6 4-6 4 1 31 Kemp 10 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 Kerr 13 4-5 1-1 0-0 1 0 9 Brunson 7 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Dudley 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Anderson DNP - sprained toe Randolph DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-92 12-14 14-36 27 13 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Pippen 1-6, Wallace 0-3, Stoudamire 2-7, Wells 0-2, Patterson 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Wallace 2, Patterson, Kerr). Turnovers: 11 (Pippen 3, Patterson 2, Stoudamire 2, Brunson, Davis, Kemp, Wallace). Steals: 15 (Patterson 6, Davis 2, Pippen 2, Stoudamire 2, Wallace 2, Brunson).

DENVER (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hamilton 29 2-7 5-6 1-8 1 1 9 Posey 18 2-6 0-0 3-5 1 2 5 Lafrentz 42 11-19 2-2 3-9 2 4 25 Cheaney 30 6-11 2-2 0-5 2 2 14 Van Exel 41 7-13 5-5 0-6 16 1 20 Abdul-wahad 15 1-3 0-0 0-5 2 2 2 G Mccloud 21 4-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 9 Johnson 15 3-6 0-0 0-0 3 0 6 Lenard 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Bowen 25 3-6 1-1 4-6 1 2 7 Andersen DNP - coach's decision Satterfield DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 15-16 11-46 28 15 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.938. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Posey 1-4, Lafrentz 1-4, Van Exel 1-5, G Mccloud 1-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Lafrentz 5, Abdul-wahad). Turnovers: 21 (Van Exel 7, Cheaney 3, Lafrentz 3, Posey 3, Abdul-wahad 2, Bowen). Steals: 7 (G Mccloud 2, Lafrentz 2, Cheaney, Hamilton, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Portland 20 28 31 17 - 96 Denver 26 24 28 19 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 3 (Wells 2 (ejected), 6:43 2nd; Davis, 2:35 2nd). Denver 1 (Defensive Three, 7:46 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,539. T: 2:03. Officials: Jack Nies, Greg Willard, Joe Henderson.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- With Nick Van Exel non-existent down the stretch, the Denver Nuggets went to Ryan Bowen with the game on the line.

Bowen converted a three-point play with 13 seconds remaining as the Nuggets overcame a 16-point deficit to snap a three-game losing streak with a 97-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Van Exel is the only dangerous scorer on a Denver team that averages just 93 points per game. But he was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, forcing the Nuggets to find other sources of offense in a close game against one of the NBA's hottest teams.

Portland, which had won six of its previous seven games, took a 96-92 lead on a baseline jumper by Scottie Pippen with 57 seconds left.

Raef LaFrentz countered with a quick layup for the Nuggets before Pippen missed a long jumper and Blazers' forward Dale Davis was called for a loose ball foul.

With Portland guarding the 3-point line, LaFrentz had the ball near the top of the circle and made a backdoor pass to a cutting Bowen, who was bumped by Davis as he banked in a layup.

"We decided for me to run it so I can get on the baseline and Raef could pop up on the shot," Bowen said. "Raef got it, looked at me three or four times before he decided he wanted to pass it to me. But he got it to me and luckily it went in. Good note to end on, great game for us."

Bowen buried the ensuing free throw and Portland's Damon Stoudamire missed two shots on the game's final possession. Stoudamire missed a pullup jumper and hit the front of the rim with his follow shot as time expired.

"It was a clear-out type play, shot was there two times, I just didn't knock it down," Stoudamire said.

"We knew they would try to get the ball to Pippen, Stoudamire, or (Rasheed) Wallace," Nuggets coach Mike Evans added. "We just didn't want them to get an easy layup. We wanted them to take the outside shot. If we had a game ball to give out tonight it would definitely go to Ryan Bowen."

LaFrentz scored 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Van Exel scored 15 of his 20 points in the third quarter and dished out a season-high 16 assists.

"(Van Exel) was unbelievable tonight," LaFrentz said. "Of the points I scored tonight I only had to really work for about six of them. Nick just put the ball and all I had to do was either dunk or lay it in. He was awesome tonight."

Denver shot 50 percent (29-of-78), making at least half their shots for just the third time this season. The Nuggets shot a season-high 94 percent (15-of-16) from the line and held a 46-36 rebounding advantage.

Calbert Cheaney scored 14 points and Zendon Hamilton had nine points and eight rebounds as Denver used its dominance on the glass to overcome 21 turnovers, which led to 29 points for Portland.

Ruben Patterson recorded season-high 31 points and six steals, while Stoudamire added 20 points for the Blazers, who lost their fourth straight game at the Pepsi Center. They have not won here since November 12, 1999.

Blazers guard Bonzi Wells was ejected midway through the second quaretr after receiving two technicals for arguing with the officials.

"I really felt that I had to step up because Bonzi got ejected," Patterson said. "I felt really good out there, I was hitting my shots, got a bunch of steals and just generally played good ball."

Pippen had 13 points and 10 assists and Davis collected 11 points and 13 rebounds. Wallace scored just 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting and tied a season-low with two rebounds.

The Blazers trailed, 50-48, at halftime but opened the second half with 18 consecutive points. Patterson scored nine points and Stoudamire added five during the blitz, which gave Portland an 66-50 lead after Davis' jumper with 7:54 remaining.

But the Nuggets scored 22 of the next 29 points led by Van Exel, who scored 13 points during the burst and capped it with a jumper for a 74-73 lead with 2:40 to go.

The teams exchanced the lead nine times and were tied twice in the final 14 1/2 minutes before Bowen's game-winning play.

"This is definitely a big win for us, especially the way the second half started," Bowen said. "We battled back, took the lead and it was just back-and-forth. We just made some shots, made a couple stops, and we got the win."

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