Saturday , Jan , 17 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Denver Nuggets Team Report – January 17

=== Denver Nuggets Team Report – January 17 ===

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 91-88,
on Friday at the Pepsi Center.

Andre Miller led Denver with game-highs of 28 points and 10 assists. Rodney
White added 14 and Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Marcus Camby pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds to go along with eight points
in the loss.

The game, which was tied at the break, was still even, 67-67, late in the
third quarter. A basket by Danny Fortson and two free throws by DirkNowitzki
in the closing seconds gave Dallas a four-point lead heading into the final
frame.

Anthony scored to begin the fourth quarter to cut the Dallas lead to 71-69 and
the Nuggets were within one, 73-72, on a three-pointer by Voshon Lenard.

Dallas responded with an 11-4 run to open an eight-point lead. Antawn Jamison
hit back-to-back field goals to start the run and a trey by Nowitzki put the
Mavericks ahead, 80-74, with around eight minutes remaining in the fourth
quarter. Nowitzki and Walker each had a basket to cap the run to give Dallas
an 84-76 lead with 6 1/2 minutes to go.

The Nuggets, however, would not quit and used an 8-2 run to pull within two,
86-84. Nowitzki missed from three-point range and Earl Boykins had a chance to
tie it with a jumper, but misfired.

Michael Finley then buried a three-pointer from the right corner to give the
Mavericks an 89-84 lead with 1:26 to go.

Miller scored four straight points to pull Denver within 89-88, but Finley hit
a pair of free throws with five seconds to go for a three-point advantage.

White missed from three-point range just before the final buzzer.

The Nuggets are off until Sunday when they host the Miami Heat.

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