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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DENVER           15   22   31   25    93   
     MEMPHIS          27   24   24   21    96      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DEN - DONNELL HARVEY 23, JUWAN HOWARD 22, 
                      JAMES POSEY 14
                MEM - PAU GASOL 18, JASON WILLIAMS 16, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND:   DEN - DONNELL HARVEY 8, JUWAN HOWARD 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                MEM - PAU GASOL 10, LORENZEN WRIGHT 6, 
                      STROMILE SWIFT 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   DEN - CHRIS WHITNEY 9, JAMES POSEY 6, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 9, DREW GOODEN 3, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   11,889

Box Score

DENVER (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Bowen 13 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 1 0 J Howard 37 10-22 2-4 3-7 2 3 22 M Blount 13 1-3 0-0 3-3 0 2 2 C Whitney 33 3-11 2-2 0-1 9 1 9 J Posey 34 6-14 1-1 3-6 6 3 14 D Harvey 28 11-15 1-2 1-8 0 3 23 N Hilario 26 2-5 0-0 3-6 2 4 4 V Yarbrough 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 N Tskitishvili 20 2-9 0-1 3-5 0 2 4 L Harrington 12 5-5 1-1 0-2 2 3 11 R White 12 1-2 2-2 1-3 1 2 4 K Satterfield 4 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-89 9-15 17-46 23 25 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (C Whitney 1-6, J Posey 1-3, N Tskitishvili 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:2 (M Blount, D Harvey). Turnovers:16 (R White 4, J Posey 3, L Harrington 3, J Howard 2, D Harvey, V Yarbrough, N Hilario, N Tskitishvili). Steals: 12 (N Hilario 3, J Posey 2, N Tskitishvili 2, D Harvey 2, J Howard, R White, C Whitney). MEMPHIS (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Gooden 38 5-11 0-0 1-4 3 1 14 P Gasol 40 7-17 4-5 2-10 2 1 18 L Wright 35 5-9 4-8 1-6 0 6 14 J Williams 32 4-8 6-6 0-4 9 1 16 W Person 34 4-8 3-4 0-3 2 1 14 S Swift 21 3-3 4-4 2-6 1 2 10 E Watson 16 2-4 2-2 1-4 2 3 6 M Batiste 10 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 1 0 G Giricek 14 2-7 0-0 0-0 1 2 4 B Knight DNP - FOOT INJURY S Battier DNP - LEG INFECTION C Trybanski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-67 23-31 7-38 20 18 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 9-14, .643 (D Gooden 4-4, P Gasol 0-1, J Williams 2-4, W Person 3-4, G Giricek 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:8 (S Swift 3, D Gooden 3, P Gasol 2). Turnovers:19 (D Gooden 5, J Williams 4, W Person 2, S Swift 2, P Gasol 2, L Wright 2, E Watson, G Giricek). Steals: 6 (S Swift 2, D Gooden 2, W Person, E Watson). ------------------------------------------- DENVER 15 22 31 25 - 93 MEMPHIS 27 24 24 21 - 96 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Memphis - 1 (S Swift, 11:35 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,889. T: 2:16. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Don Vaden, Joe Henderson.


Extended Box

DENVER (93) AT MEMPHIS (96) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R BOWEN F 13 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 J HOWARD F 37 10-22 2-4 3 4 7 2 3 1 2 22 M BLOUNT C 13 1-3 0-0 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 2 C WHITNEY G 33 3-11 2-2 0 1 1 9 1 1 0 9 J POSEY G 34 6-14 1-1 3 3 6 6 3 2 3 14 D HARVEY 28 11-15 1-2 1 7 8 0 3 2 1 23 N HILARIO 26 2-5 0-0 3 3 6 2 4 3 1 4 V YARBROUGH 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 N TSKITISHVILI 20 2-9 0-1 3 2 5 0 2 2 1 4 L HARRINGTON 12 5-5 1-1 0 2 2 2 3 0 3 11 R WHITE 12 1-2 2-2 1 2 3 1 2 1 4 4 K SATTERFIELD 4 0-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 41-89 9-15 17 29 46 23 25 12 16 93 (.461) (.600) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GOODEN F 38 5-11 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 2 5 14 P GASOL F 40 7-17 4-5 2 8 10 2 1 0 2 18 L WRIGHT C 35 5-9 4-8 1 5 6 0 6 0 2 14 J WILLIAMS G 32 4-8 6-6 0 4 4 9 1 0 4 16 W PERSON G 34 4-8 3-4 0 3 3 2 1 1 2 14 S SWIFT 21 3-3 4-4 2 4 6 1 2 2 2 10 E WATSON 16 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 2 3 1 1 6 M BATISTE 10 0-0 0-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 G GIRICEK 14 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 4 B KNIGHT DNP - FOOT INJURY S BATTIER DNP - LEG INFECTION C TRYBANSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-67 23-31 7 31 38 20 18 6 19 96 (.478) (.742) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 21 (18 PTS) DENVER 15 22 31 25 - 93 MEMPHIS 27 24 24 21 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - M BLOUNT, D HARVEY. MEMPHIS - S SWIFT 3, D GOODEN 3, P GASOL 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 2-11 (.182), C WHITNEY 1-6, J POSEY 1-3, N TSKITISHVILI 0-2. MEMPHIS 9-14 (.643), D GOODEN 4-4, P GASOL 0- 1, J WILLIAMS 2-4, W PERSON 3-4, G GIRICEK 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MEMPHIS - S SWIFT. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, DON VADEN, JOE HENDERSON. A - 11,889. T - 2:16.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Jason Williams' clutch shooting lifted the Memphis Grizzlies over the 90-point mark, and that was all they needed to get past the Denver Nuggets. Williams scored five of the final six points for the Grizzlies, who wasted a 16-point lead but recovered to match the longest winning streak in franchise history with a 96-93 victory over the Nuggets. The Grizzlies were trailing by three when Williams, who finished with 16 points and nine assists, sank a 3-pointer with 35.2 seconds left. The oft-maligned point guard then converted a pair of free throws with 25.8 seconds remaining to put Memphis ahead for good, 95-93. "I told myself, if I got the ball, I was going to shoot," Williams said. "It's good to see the guys smiling." Pau Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have won three straight for the fourth time in franchise history. They last won three in a row from January 8-12. Donnell Harvey came off the bench to score a career-high 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting and lead Denver's fourth-quarter charge. But James Posey missed the potential game-tying 3-pointer with three seconds left and the Nuggets slipped to 0-10 this season when giving up 90 points or more. "The Grizzlies had a great shooting night and we got down early," Harvey said. "Coming from 16 points down and trying to catch up, though, is kind of hard." Wesley Person, rookie Drew Gooden and Lorenzen Wright added 14 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who had six players reach double figures. Person entered the contest ranked second in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 50 percent (31-of-62). The 6-6 forward scored 11 points in the second quarter, including three shots from beyond the arc, as Memphis took a 51-37 halftime lead. "I know when my shots are going to come now," Person said. "I'm in the flow and I don't have to rush my shot now." The Grizzlies combined to shoot 9-of-14 (64 percent) from 3-point range. Memphis enjoyed a 16-point cushion just 92 seconds into the third quarter, but the Nuggets chipped away and trailed 75-68 after 36 minutes. "I learned in my first year in the league that in two days nobody will know whether this was a three-point win or 15-point win," Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown said. "The main thing in the NBA is to get the 'W,' by one point or whatever. Just be happy with the win." Harvey took over during a three-minute span in the fourth, recording eight straight points and slicing Denver's deficit to just 84-82 with 4:44 left. "I was just reading the defense and waiting on them to react first, then go with my move," Harvey said. Juwan Howard hit a jumper with just under four minutes to go and knotted the contest at 84-84. The Nuggets' leading scorer then made consecutive shots to put his team in front for the first time, 91-90, with only 69 seconds to play. Chris Whitney, who collected nine assists, hit a pair from the line to give Denver a 93-90 advantage with 43 seconds left. "The thing we need to learn is that we can't dig ourselves in a hole like we did early on in the game and then expect to dig ourselves out of it on the road against a team whose record is deceiving," Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said. The Grizzlies were missing forward Shane Battier, who has an infection in his right lower leg, and guard Brevin Knight, who is hobbled by an injured right foot.


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