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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 28 23 26 24 101 SEATTLE 34 26 25 26 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 25, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 18, NICK VAN EXEL 18 SEA - DETLEF SCHREMPF 28, GARY PAYTON 23, HERSEY HAWKINS 14

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - DANNY FORTSON 17, ANTONIO MCDYESS 8 SEA - OLDEN POLYNICE 11, GARY PAYTON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 11, DANNY FORTSON 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 14, DREW BARRY 6

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

DENVER (101) AT SEATTLE (111)

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

MCDYESS F 45 10-19 5-8 1 7 8 2 4 2 1 25 STITH F 23 3-10 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 FORTSON C 38 6-14 0-0 7 10 17 4 5 1 0 12 BILLUPS G 37 3-11 10-10 0 2 2 2 1 2 3 18 VAN EXEL G 39 7-15 2-2 0 1 1 11 2 1 4 18 HERRERA 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 TAYLOR 23 3-7 1-1 2 1 3 1 4 1 1 7 WASHINGTON 30 6-7 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 0 1 14 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION E WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION K MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-83 19-22 12 25 37 22 21 7 13 101 (.458) (.864) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

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

MACLEAN F 24 5-10 2-3 0 4 4 4 3 0 1 13 SCHREMPF F 43 9-15 9-10 1 4 5 5 4 0 2 28 POLYNICE C 33 4-5 2-2 5 6 11 1 3 1 1 10 HAWKINS G 26 5-8 2-2 1 2 3 2 4 2 1 14 PAYTON G 46 11-26 0-0 3 4 7 14 0 2 5 23 BAKER 6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 BARRY 18 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 6 1 1 1 3 ELLIS 31 5-8 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 13 MCCOY 13 2-3 1-2 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 5 CROTTY DNP - MILD CONCUSSION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-83 16-19 12 26 38 32 18 7 14 111 (.518) (.842) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(11 PTS)

DENVER 28 23 26 24 - 101 SEATTLE 34 26 25 26 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - BILLUPS, MCDYESS, STITH. SEATTLE - HAWKINS 2, POLYNICE 2, SCHREMPF. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 6-17 (.353), MCDYESS 0-1, STITH 0-2, BILLUPS 2-6, VAN EXEL 2-4, TAYLOR 0-1, WASHINGTON 2-3. SEATTLE 9-26 (.346), MACLEAN 1-1, SCHREMPF 1-3, HAWKINS 2-4, PAYTON 1-8, BARRY 1-5, ELLIS 3-5. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - HEAD COACH P WESTPHAL, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, MACLEAN. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, NOLAN FINE, SCOTT WALL. A - 17,072. T - 2:06.


Box Score

DENVER (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 45 10-19 5-8 1-8 2 4 25 Stith 23 3-10 1-1 0-0 0 1 7 Fortson 38 6-14 0-0 7-17 4 5 12 Billups 37 3-11 10-10 0-2 2 1 18 Van Exel 39 7-15 2-2 0-1 11 2 18 Herrera 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 Taylor 23 3-7 1-1 2-3 1 4 7 Washington 30 6-7 0-0 1-5 1 3 14 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Meyer DNP - coach's decision E Williams DNP - coach's decision K Mccarty DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-83 19-22 12-37 22 21 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Mcdyess 0-1, Stith 0-2, Billups 2-6, Van Exel 2-4, Taylor 0-1, Washington 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Billups, Mcdyess, Stith). Turnovers: 13 (Van Exel 4, Billups 3, Stith 2, Herrera, Mcdyess, Taylor, Washington). Steals: 7 (Billups 2, Mcdyess 2, Fortson, Taylor, Van Exel).

SEATTLE (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Maclean 24 5-10 2-3 0-4 4 3 13 Schrempf 43 9-15 9-10 1-5 5 4 28 Polynice 33 4-5 2-2 5-11 1 3 10 Hawkins 26 5-8 2-2 1-3 2 4 14 Payton 46 11-26 0-0 3-7 14 0 23 Baker 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Barry 18 1-5 0-0 0-1 6 1 3 Ellis 31 5-8 0-0 0-2 0 1 13 Mccoy 13 2-3 1-2 2-5 0 1 5 Crotty DNP - mild concussion Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-83 16-19 12-38 32 18 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.518, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 9-26, .346 (Maclean 1-1, Schrempf 1-3, Hawkins 2-4, Payton 1-8, Barry 1-5, Ellis 3-5). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Hawkins 2, Polynice 2, Schrempf). Turnovers: 15 (Payton 5, Ellis 2, Schrempf 2, Baker, Barry, Hawkins, Maclean, Polynice). Steals: 7 (Hawkins 2, Payton 2, Barry, Ellis, Polynice). ____________________________________________ Denver 28 23 26 24 - 101 Seattle 34 26 25 26 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 3 (Head Coach P Westphal, 0:28 1st; Illegal Defense, 11:03 3rd; Maclean, 4:32 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:06. Officials: Joe Forte, Nolan Fine, Scott Wall.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- For a change, Seattle SuperSonics star guard Gary Payton directed his frustrations at the opponent rather than his teammates.

Understanding the sense of urgency, Payton scored 11 of his 23 points in the first quarter and added 14 assists as the front-running SuperSonics cruised to a 111-101 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Last month, Payton blasted teammate Vin Baker for not returning quickly enough from a thumb injury, with Baker marching out of practice. After Wednesday's 35-point loss at Portland, the talkative point guard berated his teammates in the locker room.

Payton later went to his agent and made comments that sounded as if his future with the team was in doubt. On Thursday, he apologized and said his remarks came simply out of frustration, which he took out on the Nuggets.

Detlef Schrempf scored 28 points for the SuperSonics, who never trailed after the first minute and led by as many as 16 points.

But time is running out for Seattle (23-24), which remained one game out of the Western Conference playoff hunt with three to play. Seattle has not missed the postseason since 1990, when it drafted Payton second overall.

"It was a good win," said swingman Dale Ellis, who scored 13 points off the bench. "We need to win all our remaining games to give ourselves a chance. They're all big now."

"Right now we're fighting for our lives," added center Olden Polynice, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds. "We can't worry about what others do. We've got four games to win. We took care of one tonight and we've got three left. That's the bottom line."

Payton had nothing to say afterwards but apparently got through to his teammates. Baker, who had not played since April 18 due to a bone bruise in his knee, gutted it out for six minutes, scoring two points.

"It was nice to see Vin out there," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "I would have liked to play him a little bit more but circumstances really didn't warrant it. I didn't think he looked sharp but I give him so much credit for doing everything he can to get out there and help us."

Antonio McDyess scored 25 points and Danny Fortson added 12 and 17 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have lost four in a row, all by double digits. Denver has lost 12 in a row at Seattle since February 9, 1993.

"You can't count a team like Seattle out," Nuggets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "They've been there. They've been to the conference finals a lot of times. These guys know how to play."

The Sonics squandered most of a 16-point third-quarter lead and held just a 100-95 edge after Denver's Eric Washington made a 3-pointer with 2:50 to play.

Ellis answered with a 3-pointer, Hawkins made a steal to set up two free throws by Schrempf and the Nuggets committed another turnover, leading to a layup by Hawkins that gave the Sonics a 105-95 bulge with 1:31 remaining.

"We played decent but not as well as we would have liked to," said Hawkins, who scored 14 points. "I think coming into the game we knew we'd be able to get anything thing we wanted to offensively. It was defensively that we were concerned about, because when you're playing against a team you know you can score against, your tendency is to let them score also."

The Sonics came out scoring. A lay-in by Payton off a steal by Hawkins gave Seattle a 17-7 lead before it settled for a 34-28 advantage after one quarter.

"We started the first quarter giving up 34 points," D'Antoni said. "You dig yourself a hole like that. Thirty-four points is way too many."

Washington's layup cut the deficit to 38-37 in the second period but Ellis drilled a 3-pointer and Seattle rebuilt the lead to 60-51 at halftime.

A 3-pointer and three-point play by Hawkins highlighted an 8-2 spurt that extended the lead to 83-67 with 2:53 left. Denver closed the quarter with a 10-2 burst, cutting the deficit in half entering the final period.

Don MacLean scored 13 points for Seattle, which shot 52 percent (43-of-83) from the field, including 9-of-26 3-pointers.

Nick Van Exel had 18 points and 11 assists and Chauncey Billups scored 18 points for the Nuggets, who shot 46 percent (38-of-83).

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