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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MIAMI            21   21   17   17    76   
     DENVER           22   27   16   21    86      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIA - CARON BUTLER 20, MALIK ALLEN 15, ANTHONY
                      CARTER 12
                DEN - JUWAN HOWARD 28, RODNEY WHITE 15, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MIA - BRIAN GRANT 11, VLADIMIR STEPANIA 5, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                DEN - JUWAN HOWARD 12, LORINZA HARRINGTON 6, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3
                DEN - LORINZA HARRINGTON 9, JUWAN HOWARD 6, 
                      VINCENT YARBROUGH 4

         ATT:   12,930

Box Score

MIAMI (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 44 7-16 6-6 1-1 3 2 20 M Allen 29 7-11 1-1 0-1 0 5 15 B Grant 38 3-9 2-2 4-11 1 5 8 M James 25 1-5 0-0 0-1 3 3 2 A Carter 36 5-12 2-4 0-3 11 1 12 V Stepania 19 2-3 0-0 0-5 0 4 4 S Lampley 21 2-6 4-4 0-3 3 2 8 E House 18 3-9 0-0 0-2 2 1 6 L Ellis 9 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 3 1 S Marks 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 E Jones DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE R Butler DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-73 16-19 5-28 23 26 76 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 0-7, .000 (C Butler 0-1, M James 0-3, E House 0-1, L Ellis 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (B Grant, L Ellis, V Stepania, M Allen). Turnovers:14 (M James 4, B Grant 2, A Carter 2, C Butler 2, S Lampley 2, L Ellis, M Allen). Steals: 10 (C Butler 7, A Carter 2, V Stepania). DENVER (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Harvey 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 J Howard 41 11-17 6-6 1-12 6 4 28 N Hilario 33 5-7 2-4 1-4 3 3 12 V Yarbrough 30 1-6 0-0 1-3 4 4 2 L Harrington 32 1-4 1-2 0-6 9 4 3 R Bowen 35 5-7 2-4 2-4 2 1 12 R White 37 6-16 2-2 1-4 1 2 15 M Blount 18 2-5 4-6 1-3 1 2 8 N Tskitishvili 11 2-3 0-0 1-2 1 4 4 P Savovic 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Bryant DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Crotty DNP - ACHILLES INJURY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-67 17-24 8-38 27 24 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (V Yarbrough 0-1, R White 1-3, N Tskitishvili 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:8 (N Hilario 4, R Bowen, M Blount, N Tskitishvili, V Yarbrough). Turnovers:19 (N Hilario 6, R White 4, R Bowen 3, J Howard 2, L Harrington 2, M Blount, N Tskitishvili). Steals: 7 (L Harrington 3, R Bowen 2, V Yarbrough, N Hilario). ------------------------------------------- MIAMI 21 21 17 17 - 76 DENVER 22 27 16 21 - 86 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Miami - 1 (Defensive Three, 4:37 2nd). Denver - 1 (Defensive Three, 1:10 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,930. T: 2:16. Officials: Michael Smith, Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen.


Extended Box

MIAMI (76) AT DENVER (86) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 44 7-16 6-6 1 0 1 3 2 7 2 20 M ALLEN F 29 7-11 1-1 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 15 B GRANT C 38 3-9 2-2 4 7 11 1 5 0 2 8 M JAMES G 25 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 4 2 A CARTER G 36 5-12 2-4 0 3 3 11 1 2 2 12 V STEPANIA 19 2-3 0-0 0 5 5 0 4 1 0 4 S LAMPLEY 21 2-6 4-4 0 3 3 3 2 0 2 8 E HOUSE 18 3-9 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 6 L ELLIS 9 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 S MARKS 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 E JONES DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE R BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-73 16-19 5 23 28 23 26 10 14 76 (.411) (.842) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17 (12 PTS) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D HARVEY F 2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 J HOWARD F 41 11-17 6-6 1 11 12 6 4 0 2 28 N HILARIO C 33 5-7 2-4 1 3 4 3 3 1 6 12 V YARBROUGH G 30 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 4 4 1 0 2 L HARRINGTON G 32 1-4 1-2 0 6 6 9 4 3 2 3 R BOWEN 35 5-7 2-4 2 2 4 2 1 2 3 12 R WHITE 37 6-16 2-2 1 3 4 1 2 0 4 15 M BLOUNT 18 2-5 4-6 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 8 N TSKITISHVILI 11 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 0 1 4 P SAVOVIC 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION J CROTTY DNP - ACHILLES INJURY TOTALS 240 34-67 17-24 8 30 38 27 24 7 19 86 (.507) (.708) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20 (17 PTS) MIAMI 21 21 17 17 - 76 DENVER 22 27 16 21 - 86 BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - B GRANT, L ELLIS, V STEPANIA, M ALLEN. DENVER - N HILARIO 4, R BOWEN, M BLOUNT, N TSKITISHVILI, V YARBROUGH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 0-7 (.000), C BUTLER 0-1, M JAMES 0-3, E HOUSE 0- 1, L ELLIS 0-2. DENVER 1-5 (.200), V YARBROUGH 0-1, R WHITE 1-3, N TSKITISHVILI 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MIAMI - DEFENSIVE THREE. DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MICHAEL SMITH, MIKE CALLAHAN, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 12,930. T - 2:16.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Juwan Howard helped the Denver Nuggets finally prevail over the Miami Heat. Howard scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Rodney White added 15 points off the bench as the Nuggets snapped a 13-game skid against the Heat with an 86-76 victory. The Nuggets conquered the Heat for the first time since a 101-99 road triumph on December 15, 1995 and snapped their six-game home skid against Miami, dating to a 100-98 win on March 3, 1995. "We shot 50 percent (34-of-67) from the field and that will always help us," White said of his team, which reached the mark for just the third time this season. "It is a team effort. We need to keep fighting and things will come together." In a contest between the NBA's worst offensive teams, the Heat were playing without leading scorer Eddie Jones for a third straight game due to a sprained ankle. Miami shot just 41 percent (30-of-73), missing all seven shots from 3-point range. Denver managed to put together a 10-0 run during a six-minute span of the fourth quarter to effectively secure the win. Ryan Bowen tallied five of his season-high 12 points during the burst and Howard converted a three-point play, capping the run and opening a 75-63 cushion for the Nuggets with 4:37 left. "It got to the point where both teams were just pushing and shoving," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "The first team that could get up six or eight points ran away with the game. When we got down nine or 10 points, we lost a little bit of heart." Howard recorded his fourth double-double in five games and 10th this season as Denver won at the Pepsi Center for the first time in seven games overall. Bowen took advantage of his opportunity. Entering the contest averaging 17.3 minutes per game, the 6-9 Bowen played 35 minutes after starting forward Donnell Harvey left just 2:16 into the game with a sprained ankle. "I knew I was going to have to play a few minutes," Bowen said. "I just got to stay ready to play. You never know when someone is going to get hurt." Rookie Caron Butler scored 20 points and had a season-high seven steals for the Heat, who dropped their fourth straight game. "We had lots of open shots, they just were not falling," said Heat guard Anthony Carter, who collected 12 points and 11 assists. "We have to do a better job on the defensive end. We had to get stops and push the ball, but it was not working." Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik, who was an assistant under coach Pat Riley in Miami from 1995-2001, got the best of his mentor for the first time. "He really wanted this win," Bowen said of Bzdelik. "He did not approach it any differently, but you could tell he really wanted this one." A pair of rookies also contributed for Denver. Nene Hilario scored 12 points, his fifth straight double-digit performance, and Junior Harrington registered a career-high nine assists. But once again, defense keyed the Nuggets' victory. Denver improved to 5-3 this season when holding opponents to fewer than 80 points. "We are 2-2 in the New Year," Bzdelik said. "We had 20 turnovers tonight and that has to improve. We played really well together and that was special to me."


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