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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      DENVER           25   21   20   16    82   
      HOUSTON          13   21   22   20    76      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DEN - ANDRE MILLER 20, KENYON MARTIN 19, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 13
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 14, SCOTT PADGETT 14, 
                      JIMMY JACKSON 13

HIGH REBOUND:   DEN - MARCUS CAMBY 14, KENYON MARTIN 13, ANDRE
                      MILLER 7
                HOU - JIMMY JACKSON 6, SCOTT PADGETT 6, YAO 
                      MING 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   DEN - ANDRE MILLER 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 7, BOB SURA 6, TYRONN LUE 
                      5

         ATT:   18,145

Box Score

DENVER (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Anthony 25 3-14 2-3 2-5 3 1 8 K Martin 39 8-19 3-11 5-13 3 1 19 M Camby 41 6-10 1-1 2-14 1 2 13 G Buckner 39 3-5 5-6 1-3 3 3 13 A Miller 38 9-14 2-4 1-7 7 2 20 Nene 15 1-3 2-2 1-2 2 5 4 E Boykins 11 0-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 B Russell 18 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 3 0 R White 13 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 F Elson 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 A Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION N Tskitishvili DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-76 16-29 12-47 20 18 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.421, FT-.552. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (C Anthony 0-1, G Buckner 2-3, B Russell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:1 (M Camby). Turnovers:12 (A Miller 3, Nene 3, G Buckner 2, K Martin 2, M Camby, C Anthony). Steals: 10 (M Camby 3, A Miller 2, R White 2, E Boykins, G Buckner, K Martin). HOUSTON (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 45 5-18 1-1 0-6 3 3 13 M Taylor 24 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 4 4 Y Ming 28 4-9 0-0 1-6 0 1 8 T Lue 25 4-6 2-2 0-2 5 3 11 T McGrady 45 1-11 12-14 0-5 7 2 14 A Barrett 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 D Mutombo 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 S Padgett 24 6-8 0-0 2-6 1 3 14 B Nachbar 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Sura 21 2-4 2-2 1-4 6 6 6 C Weatherspoon 11 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 2 4 J Howard DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-67 17-19 5-37 23 26 76 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (J Jackson 2-9, T Lue 1-3, T McGrady 0-3, S Padgett 2-3, B Sura 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:3 (T McGrady 2, D Mutombo). Turnovers:17 (M Taylor 4, Y Ming 4, B Sura 2, T McGrady 2, T Lue 2, J Jackson, S Padgett, A Barrett). Steals: 3 (T Lue 2, T McGrady). ------------------------------------------- DENVER 25 21 20 16 - 82 HOUSTON 13 21 22 20 - 76 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 1 (Defensive Three, 4:34 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,145. T: 2:14. Officials: Luis Grillo, Mark Ayotte, Mike Callahan.


Extended Box

DENVER (82) AT HOUSTON (76) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C ANTHONY F 25 3-14 2-3 2 3 5 3 1 0 1 8 K MARTIN F 39 8-19 3-11 5 8 13 3 1 1 2 19 M CAMBY C 41 6-10 1-1 2 12 14 1 2 3 1 13 G BUCKNER G 39 3-5 5-6 1 2 3 3 3 1 2 13 A MILLER G 38 9-14 2-4 1 6 7 7 2 2 3 20 NENE 15 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 2 5 0 3 4 E BOYKINS 11 0-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 B RUSSELL 18 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 R WHITE 13 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 4 F ELSON 1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION N TSKITISHVILI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-76 16-29 12 35 47 20 18 10 12 82 (.421) (.552) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12 (14 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON F 45 5-18 1-1 0 6 6 3 3 0 1 13 M TAYLOR F 24 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 4 4 Y MING C 28 4-9 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 0 4 8 T LUE G 25 4-6 2-2 0 2 2 5 3 2 2 11 T MCGRADY G 45 1-11 12-14 0 5 5 7 2 1 2 14 A BARRETT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 D MUTOMBO 9 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 S PADGETT 24 6-8 0-0 2 4 6 1 3 0 1 14 B NACHBAR 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B SURA 21 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 6 6 0 2 6 C WEATHERSPOON 11 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 4 J HOWARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 27-67 17-19 5 32 37 23 26 3 17 76 (.403) (.895) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17 (15 PTS) DENVER 25 21 20 16 - 82 HOUSTON 13 21 22 20 - 76 BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - M CAMBY. HOUSTON - T MCGRADY 2, D MUTOMBO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 2-5 (.400), C ANTHONY 0-1, G BUCKNER 2-3, B RUSSELL 0-1. HOUSTON 5-19 (.263), J JACKSON 2-9, T LUE 1-3, T MCGRADY 0- 3, S PADGETT 2-3, B SURA 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, MARK AYOTTE, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 18,145. T - 2:14.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) - Back-to-back games can be beneficial when you're trying to put a bad one behind you. The Denver Nuggets did exactly that when they outran and outrebounded the Houston Rockets for an 82-76 victory. "We played a horrible game last night (an 89-75 home loss to San Antonio) and came back with a lot of energy," said guard Andre Miller, who led the Nuggets with 20 points and seven assists. Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Marcus Camby added 13 and 14 as they outplayed Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming, who managed just eight points and six rebounds. "We wanted to try to run him, tire him out," Camby said. "His stamina is not the best. He's a big guy carrying a lot of weight. Once his stamina gets up to speed, he's going to be dominant." "I think I did a bad job," Yao said. "I was waiting for the rebounds to come to me. I hope this is the most frustrating I've been in my life. I hope there's no more frustration." The Nuggets have won five of their last six games and play their next four at home, where they recently went 4-1 in a five-game stretch. The Nuggets used an 11-0 run in the first quarter, sparked by Miller and Carmelo Anthony, to take a 19-7 lead they never relinquished. "We were disappointed in our effort (Friday night), our inability to play well," Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "We made sure we went out early (tonight) to warm up, so we had a good sweat going. Our starts have not been good." Camby knew the running game was the key to beating the plodding Rockets as well as wearing down Yao. "This team doesn't like to go up and down," Camby said. "I played for Jeff (Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy in New York). I know how good his defense can be once they get set up." The Nuggets didn't give them a chance, even though they lost Anthony to a sprained right ankle with 2:21 left in the third quarter while leading, 62-48. He was helped to the locker room, where X-rays were negative. He is listed as day-to-day. Rockets guard Bob Sura wrapped up Anthony to prevent an easy layup and the two fell to the ground. "It looked like the hard foul carried into Sura trying to prevent (Anthony) from getting hurt and they got tangled up," Bzdelik said. "I don't think it was a flagrant act on anyone's part." "It should have been more than just a personal," Martin said. "Who am I to say?" Martin said plenty with the way he played, particularly for someone who had been bothered by a chest cold. He played only six minutes and failed to score in the loss to San Antonio. "I feel better today," he said. "I got some rest, got some medicine in me, some fluids." "I ran into Kenyon's mom at lunch and told her to go get some chicken soup and deliver it to Kenyon," Bzdelik said with a laugh. Martin's mother, Lydia Moore, saw the former New Jersey Net play for the first time in person as a Nugget. "Mom brought me a little love from Dallas," Martin said. "She (has) been a little under the weather." The Nuggets outrebounded Houston 19-5 in the first quarter, including 7-0 on the offensive board, and led 25-13 after one period. The Rockets lost their third in a row and scored a season-low 76 points, despite getting a lift from Sura and Scott Padgett, who scored a season-high 14, half of them in the fourth quarter. Sura, activated before the game, played his first contest of the season after being sidelined with a herniated disk that required lower back surgery September 21. He played 21 minutes and had six points and six assists. "I haven't played in six or seven months," Sura said "But considering that, I feel like it went all right. I feel like I brought some energy, some toughness and made some plays for some other guys."


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