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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      LA CLIPPERS      33   27   14   28    102  
      DENVER           24   26   26   22    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAC - COREY MAGGETTE 33, ELTON BRAND 21, RICK 
                      BRUNSON 18
                DEN - CARMELO ANTHONY 21, NENE HILARIO 20, 
                      ANDRE MILLER 17

HIGH REBOUND:   LAC - ELTON BRAND 13, COREY MAGGETTE 11, RICK 
                      BRUNSON 8
                DEN - NENE HILARIO 13, KENYON MARTIN 8, 
                      CARMELO ANTHONY 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAC - RICK BRUNSON 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3
                DEN - EARL BOYKINS 4, ANDRE MILLER 4, NENE 
                      HILARIO 4

         ATT:   14,817

Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Simmons 40 5-15 3-3 1-4 3 4 14 E Brand 40 8-15 5-6 6-13 2 3 21 C Kaman 17 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 0 R Brunson 41 5-12 7-8 1-8 4 1 18 C Maggette 41 8-16 16-19 1-11 3 5 33 Z Rebraca 16 3-3 0-0 1-1 1 6 6 M Moore 22 1-4 1-2 3-6 2 2 3 L Chalmers 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Q Ross 16 2-3 3-4 0-3 3 2 7 C Wilcox DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Jaric DNP - RIGHT FOOT STRESS FRACTUR _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-72 35-42 13-49 20 26 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (B Simmons 1-4, R Brunson 1-3, C Maggette 1-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:6 (E Brand 3, M Moore, Z Rebraca, Q Ross). Turnovers:14 (E Brand 4, C Maggette 2, C Kaman 2, M Moore 2, R Brunson, B Simmons, Z Rebraca, Q Ross). Steals: 6 (B Simmons 3, E Brand 2, C Maggette). DENVER (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 30 5-10 0-0 1-8 2 5 10 C Anthony 39 6-21 7-8 3-6 2 5 21 Nene 42 7-14 6-7 3-13 4 2 20 D Johnson 24 2-6 1-2 0-0 1 5 5 A Miller 37 6-8 4-4 1-2 4 4 17 B Russell 18 1-4 4-4 0-1 2 2 7 F Elson 16 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 N Tskitishvili 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 E Boykins 27 5-11 2-3 1-2 4 4 13 R White 3 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 M Camby DNP - BACK STRAIN G Buckner DNP - RIGHT GROIN STRAIN _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 25-30 9-34 20 31 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (C Anthony 2-8, D Johnson 0-1, A Miller 1-1, B Russell 1-4, E Boykins 1-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:6 (Nene 3, C Anthony 2, E Boykins). Turnovers:11 (C Anthony 3, E Boykins 2, K Martin 2, A Miller, D Johnson, Nene, F Elson). Steals: 10 (Nene 3, K Martin 2, F Elson 2, B Russell, E Boykins, D Johnson). -------------------------------------------- LA CLIPPERS 33 27 14 28 - 102 DENVER 24 26 26 22 - 98 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: La Clippers - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:26 2nd). Denver - 1 (Defensive Three, 6:03 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,817. T: 2:26. Officials: Derek Collins, Derrick Stafford, Marc Davis.


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (102) AT DENVER (98) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B SIMMONS F 40 5-15 3-3 1 3 4 3 4 3 1 14 E BRAND F 40 8-15 5-6 6 7 13 2 3 2 4 21 C KAMAN C 17 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 0 R BRUNSON G 41 5-12 7-8 1 7 8 4 1 0 1 18 C MAGGETTE G 41 8-16 16-19 1 10 11 3 5 1 2 33 Z REBRACA 16 3-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 6 0 1 6 M MOORE 22 1-4 1-2 3 3 6 2 2 0 2 3 L CHALMERS 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 Q ROSS 16 2-3 3-4 0 3 3 3 2 0 1 7 C WILCOX DNP - COACH'S DECISION M JARIC DNP - RIGHT FOOT STRESS FRACTUR TOTALS 240 32-72 35-42 13 36 49 20 26 6 14 102 (.444) (.833) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16 (23 PTS) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K MARTIN F 30 5-10 0-0 1 7 8 2 5 2 2 10 C ANTHONY F 39 6-21 7-8 3 3 6 2 5 0 3 21 NENE C 42 7-14 6-7 3 10 13 4 2 3 1 20 D JOHNSON G 24 2-6 1-2 0 0 0 1 5 1 1 5 A MILLER G 37 6-8 4-4 1 1 2 4 4 0 1 17 B RUSSELL 18 1-4 4-4 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 7 F ELSON 16 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 4 N TSKITISHVILI 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 E BOYKINS 27 5-11 2-3 1 1 2 4 4 1 2 13 R WHITE 3 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 M CAMBY DNP - BACK STRAIN G BUCKNER DNP - RIGHT GROIN STRAIN TOTALS 240 34-79 25-30 9 25 34 20 31 10 11 98 (.430) (.833) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11 (13 PTS) LA CLIPPERS 33 27 14 28 - 102 DENVER 24 26 26 22 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - E BRAND 3, M MOORE, Z REBRACA, Q ROSS. DENVER - NENE 3, C ANTHONY 2, E BOYKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 3-11 (.273), B SIMMONS 1-4, R BRUNSON 1- 3, C MAGGETTE 1-4. DENVER 5-16 (.313), C ANTHONY 2-8, D JOHNSON 0- 1, A MILLER 1-1, B RUSSELL 1-4, E BOYKINS 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA CLIPPERS - DEFENSIVE THREE. DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK COLLINS, DERRICK STAFFORD, MARC DAVIS. A - 14,817. T - 2:26.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Rick Brunson did not let a poor shooting game affect his confidence. Brunson buried a pivotal 3-pointer with 21 seconds to go and registered seven of his season-high 18 points in the waning seconds as the Los Angeles Clippers posted a 102-98 triumph over the Denver Nuggets. Brunson, who has been filling in for the injured Marko Jaric, entered the contest averaging just 5.3 points. He was 4-of-11 from the field when he found himself open in the left corner and the game in the balance. He calmly drained the 3-pointer for a 96-92 lead. "I was going to take the big shot as long as the game stayed close," Brunson said. "I wasn't sure if I was going to make it, but I wanted to be the one to take it. It was a great pass by Maggette to set up the 3-pointer. It is nice to know that the guys have trust in me to take the shot." The journeyman added four free throws in the final 10 seconds as the Clippers (15-15) snapped a four-game road losing streak. An eight-year veteran, Brunson fell one shy of his career high set against the Los Angeles Lakers while with Portland on February 4, 1998. "He was clutch. He has been stepping up when we need him," Clippers forward Elton Brand said of Brunson. "He's a veteran and we are glad to have him out there. He has hit big shots and is orchestrating our offense for us." Los Angeles' Corey Maggette, who added two free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining, finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds. "We knew this game was going to be tough, especially with the altitude," Maggette said. "We wanted to get back to .500." Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and Nene added 20 for the Nuggets, who fell to 4-12 against Western Conference opponents this season. Denver (14-17) played without starters Marcus Camby and Greg Buckner. The Nuggets, who have lost eight of nine, trailed by as many as 18 in the first half, before rallying. "It is very difficult when you are playing from behind," Nuggets interim coach Michael Cooper said. "I'm proud of the team and the way we played. Our defense gave us the opportunity to get back in the game. We need time for our players to heal right now." The Clippers, who used a 10-4 spurt to seize a 33-24 lead after 12 minutes, opened a 49-31 advantage with 5:42 left in the half. Denver drew within 60-50 by the break but got back in the contest in the third quarter. Opening the quarter with a 9-2 spurt, Denver eventually took a 70-69 lead on the second of two free throws by Anthony with 2:42 to go in the period. The Nuggets still were clinging to an 88-84 advantage with 5:51 remaining in the contest when they went cold from the field, going scoreless for more than 2 1/2 minutes. Two free throws by Nene put the Nuggets on top, 92-91, but Mikki Moore had a short hook to give the Clippers a one-point lead. The Nuggets missed a couple of opportunities on the ensuing possession, setting the stage for Brunson's clutch jumper.


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