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Warriors' bench scores 56 points in beating Nuggets

2/25/2003

DENVER (AP) -- Golden State's reserves stepped up to help Antawn
Jamison.

Gilbert Arenas scored 19 points and the Warriors got 56 points
from their bench in handing the Denver Nuggets their ninth consecutive defeat, 94-89, Monday night.

''The last three games the starters, including Jamison, have had
to really work hard at the defensive end, and tonight some other
guys got an opportunity,'' Golden State coach Eric Musselman said.
''We played some guys that were fresh and they came up with some
big-time contributions.''

Reserves Earl Boykins and Chris Mills had 14 points each as the
Warriors' bench outscored Denver's reserves by 26. The Warriors
needed the help as Jamison was held to nine points on 2-for-5
shooting, a day after he scored 17 in a 115-93 defeat of Atlanta.

''We were coming off a back-to-back, and our starters have done
a great job for us all season long,'' Musselman said. ''We felt
like we were a little bit lethargic, and for good reason.''

Juwan Howard led Denver with 29 points. Nene Hilario added 14
points and 12 rebounds as the Nuggets closed to a defeat of
matching their season-high losing streak.

''It hurts. It really hurt,'' Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik said.
''We've lost 45 times now and it is like getting hit 45 times.''

Howard got the Nuggets to four down, 88-84, with a jumper with
1:06 left, but Boykins and Bob Sura each made two free throws.
Howard's jam closed the gap to 92-89, but Mills sealed the victory with
two free throws with 10 seconds left.

Mills accounted for the first six points for the Warriors in the
fourth quarter as they extended their lead to 81-68, but the
Nuggets battled back to 83-77 with 5:45 left on two free throws by
Donnell Harvey and a three-point play by Howard.

''It was just important for our team, because our starters came
out pretty flat,'' said Mills, who had seven of his 13 points in
the fourth quarter. ''Coach went to the bench and needed us to
produce because we definitely wanted to get this game.''

Howard scored four points during an 8-0 run to start the second
half that cut Golden State's lead to 52-46. Arenas ended the run
with a 15-footer. Jamison then ended his scoring drought with two
free throws with 9:04 left in the quarter and, when he made his
first field goal, the Warriors were up 60-50 with 6:42 left in the
third.

Sura had a layup off a steal in the last minute as Golden State
took a 75-67 lead into the fourth.

Adonal Foyle began a 13-0 run with a three-point play as Golden
State led 30-22 to start the second quarter. The Nuggets missed
their first 10 shots before Rodney White tipped in his miss with
7:38 left.

''The second quarter was the key,'' Bzdelik said. ''We missed 16
shots in the paint and many of the 25 layups we missed on the
night.''

The Nuggets made only six of 26 shots in the second quarter as
Golden State took a 52-38 lead into halftime.

''Boykins and their bench did a great job,'' said Harvey who
finished with 10 points.

Game notes
It was the second consecutive game Golden State held an
opponent to less than 100 points after giving up 100 in its previous
eight. ... Denver's Hilario glared at Mike Dunleavy and had to be
restrained by teammates after a hard foul in the second quarter.
... Marcus Camby. who has missed 50 games with a variety of
injuries, played in two consecutive games for the second time this
year. ... Denver is 1-26 when giving up at least 90 points.