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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 19 28 27 24 98 DENVER 39 23 17 23 102 FINAL


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SEATTLE (98) AT DENVER (102)

SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BAKER F 11 1-6 1-2 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 3 STEPANIA F 9 1-4 1-2 2 0 2 0 5 1 0 3 POLYNICE C 30 8-16 0-3 5 2 7 0 3 1 0 16 HAWKINS G 40 5-15 2-2 4 2 6 2 3 2 1 13 PAYTON G 34 3-15 1-2 1 4 5 5 2 4 3 7 BARRY 18 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 0 2 0 ELLIS 29 5-13 1-2 1 3 4 3 2 0 1 15 OWENS 30 6-12 6-8 4 4 8 4 1 0 3 19 SCHREMPF 33 6-10 8-9 1 6 7 5 3 0 1 22 WILLIAMS 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 0 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-91 20-30 21 25 46 23 26 8 11 98 (.385) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MCDYESS F 40 4-11 15-21 4 11 15 4 3 0 4 23 TAYLOR F 40 3-7 3-4 1 7 8 0 3 2 5 11 FORTSON C 29 3-5 5-6 2 6 8 3 4 1 1 11 BILLUPS G 26 5-9 3-3 1 2 3 2 3 0 4 16 VAN EXEL G 34 7-19 3-3 0 2 2 3 5 1 2 20 ALEXANDER 23 3-5 0-2 0 2 2 5 3 1 0 7 CLARK 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 STITH 22 2-4 1-1 2 2 4 1 3 1 2 6 E WILLIAMS 21 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 6 HERRERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION WASHINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-65 30-40 10 32 42 18 28 6 20 102 (.477) (.750) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 22(17 PTS)

SEATTLE 19 28 27 24 - 98 DENVER 39 23 17 23 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BARRY. DENVER - MCDYESS 5, TAYLOR 3, FORTSON, ALEXANDER, CLARK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 8-22 (.364), HAWKINS 1-6, PAYTON 0-4, ELLIS 4-7, OWENS 1-1, SCHREMPF 2-4. DENVER 10-21 (.476), TAYLOR 2-5, BILLUPS 3-5, VAN EXEL 3-7, ALEXANDER 1-2, STITH 1-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - SCHREMPF, PAYTON. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, TIM DONAGHY, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 10,221. T - 2:15.


Box Score

SEATTLE (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 11 1-6 1-2 2-3 0 1 3 Stepania 9 1-4 1-2 2-2 0 5 3 Polynice 30 8-16 0-3 5-7 0 3 16 Hawkins 40 5-15 2-2 4-6 2 3 13 Payton 34 3-15 1-2 1-5 5 2 7 Barry 18 0-0 0-0 1-3 3 1 0 Ellis 29 5-13 1-2 1-4 3 2 15 Owens 30 6-12 6-8 4-8 4 1 19 Schrempf 33 6-10 8-9 1-7 5 3 22 Williams 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 5 0 Lewis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-91 20-30 21-46 23 26 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Hawkins 1-6, Payton 0-4, Ellis 4-7, Owens 1-1, Schrempf 2-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Barry). Turnovers: 11 (Owens 3, Payton 3, Barry 2, Ellis, Hawkins, Schrempf). Steals: 8 (Payton 4, Hawkins 2, Polynice, Stepania).

DENVER (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 40 4-11 15-21 4-15 4 3 23 Taylor 40 3-7 3-4 1-8 0 3 11 Fortson 29 3-5 5-6 2-8 3 4 11 Billups 26 5-9 3-3 1-3 2 3 16 Van Exel 34 7-19 3-3 0-2 3 5 20 Alexander 23 3-5 0-2 0-2 5 3 7 Clark 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Stith 22 2-4 1-1 2-4 1 3 6 E Williams 21 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 6 Herrera DNP - coach's decision Meyer DNP - coach's decision Washington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-65 30-40 10-42 18 28 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (Taylor 2-5, Billups 3-5, Van Exel 3-7, Alexander 1-2, Stith 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 11 (Mcdyess 5, Taylor 3, Fortson, Alexander, Clark). Turnovers: 22 (Taylor 5, Billups 4, Mcdyess 4, E Williams 2, Stith 2, Van Exel 2, Fortson). Steals: 6 (Taylor 2, Alexander, Fortson, Stith, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Seattle 19 28 27 24 - 98 Denver 39 23 17 23 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 2 (Schrempf, 2:32 1st; Payton, 5:38 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,221. T: 2:15. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tim Donaghy, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets blew all but one point of a 29-point lead but held off the Seattle SuperSonics, 102-98, as Antonio McDyess went 7-of-10 from the foul line and scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter.

Denver led 62-33 with 3:26 to play in the first half after Nick Van Exel hit a nine-foot jumper. But the lead dwindled to 81-80 with 8:23 remaining after Gary Payton connected on the second of two free throws for Seattle.

The Nuggets responded as Cory Alexander's layup ignited an 11-3 run. Johnny Taylor capped it with two free throws with 4:27 left to make it 92-83.

Seattle got as close as five points down the stretch, cutting the deficit to 100-95 on Detlef Schrempf's three-point play with 53.7 seconds left. But Van Exel pushed the advantage back to seven by making a pair of free throws.

Payton twice had a chance to cut into the advantage, only to be blocked by McDyess and Taylor. Hersey Hawkins had a shot emphatically rejected by Taylor in the final moments that sealed the SuperSonics' fate.

"We played great in the first half but we panicked a bit and let them back in," Nuggets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Down the stretch we scored, they didn't score. If we would have lost this one, I would have been up on a ledge and no one could have talked me down."

McDyess finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds, Van Exel had 20 points and Chauncey Billups 16 for Denver, which completed a 2-2 homestand.

"I think we came out and played really well," McDyess said. "But in the second half, and really the second quarter, we didn't play well. We've got to stick with it mentally for the whole game."

Schrempf netted 22 points and Billy Owens added a season-high 19 for Seattle, which dropped its second straight game following a three-game winning streak.

"Well that would have been something," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "We're very disappointed for a few reasons. First we didn't win. Second, we got down 29 points. The Nuggets were hitting everything early and we were inept offensively. It's a loss. Put it in the rear view mirror and you go play tomorrow night."

After Alexander's layup made it 83-80, Taylor followed with a 3-pointer from the right wing. Polynice, who entered the game shooting 23 percent from the foul line, missed two free throws and McDyess extended Denver's advantage to 88-80 with a pair from the line.

Dale Ellis drilled the second of his three fourth-quarter 3-pointers to briefly stem the tide, but McDyess hit a short jumper from the left corner and Taylor capped the run from the line.

Owens scored six straight points late in the fourth to bring the Sonics within 98-92 with 1:56 left. After the teams traded empty possessions, Taylor gave Denver control when, with the shot clock about to expire, he hit a short jumper from the right wing to make it an eight-point game with 59 seconds left.

"We came out in the second half, still playing aggressively, but the turnovers hurt us," Taylor said. "McDyess got a couple of shots and fouls and we finally hit our free throws down the stretch."

Taylor and Danny Fortson had 11 points and eight rebounds apiece for Denver, which shot 48 percent (31-of-65), including 10-of-21 from beyond the arc.

Billups drained three 3-pointers during a 17-2 run early in the first quarter, the final of which gave the Nuggets a 25-6 lead with 4:35 left in the period. Denver led 39-19 after the first 12 minutes en route to its 29-point advantage, but the Sonics outscored the Nuggets, 27-17, to get back in the game.

Polynice had 16 points and seven rebounds and Owens pulled down eight boards for the Sonics, who held a 46-42 advantage on the boards but connected on just 38.5 percent (35-of-91) and were 8-of-22 from beyond the arc.

"We needed to start the game with the same intensity we had in the second half," said Schrempf. "We can't play ourselves into it. If you think you're going to win being down 29, well I don't think that has happened very often."

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