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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 22 26 33 22 103 SEATTLE 26 28 16 23 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 38, RAEF LAFRENTZ 17, GEORGE MCCLOUD 17 SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 23, BRENT BARRY 22, DESMOND MASON 19

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - JAMES POSEY 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 10, ART LONG 10

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - JAMES POSEY 7, GEORGE MCCLOUD 5 SEA - GARY PAYTON 7, BRENT BARRY 4

ATT: 11,992


Extended Box

DENVER (103) AT SEATTLE (93)

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

ABDUL-WAHAD F 40 2-4 1-1 1 7 8 1 4 1 1 5 BOWEN F 26 3-6 1-2 2 2 4 0 0 1 1 7 LAFRENTZ C 29 6-14 4-5 4 3 7 1 4 0 1 17 POSEY G 36 5-8 2-4 5 6 11 7 1 1 1 12 VAN EXEL G 39 12-29 7-7 0 3 3 3 2 1 2 38 G MCCLOUD 33 6-16 4-6 3 5 8 5 5 2 2 17 JOHNSON 25 1-5 3-4 0 1 1 3 2 1 2 5 WILLIAMS 12 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 HAMILTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LENARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION RIDER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-85 22-29 16 27 43 20 20 7 10 103 (.424) (.759) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

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

LEWIS F 41 9-18 0-0 3 7 10 1 3 3 3 23 MASON F 45 7-11 5-5 1 1 2 3 5 0 1 19 HARVEY C 8 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 2 B BARRY G 40 8-12 3-3 1 5 6 4 1 0 3 22 PAYTON G 45 4-14 8-8 0 1 1 7 3 2 4 16 LONG 25 4-7 1-2 3 7 10 2 4 0 1 9 WATSON 16 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 2 RADMANOVIC 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 JAMES 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 S WILLIAMS 8 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 BOOTH DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-73 17-18 11 26 37 21 24 6 16 93 (.466) (.944) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

DENVER 22 26 33 22 - 103 SEATTLE 26 28 16 23 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - ABDUL-WAHAD 2, G MCCLOUD, LAFRENTZ. SEATTLE - B BARRY 2, LONG, LEWIS, JAMES, HARVEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 9-26 (.346), LAFRENTZ 1-3, POSEY 0-2, VAN EXEL 7-15, G MCCLOUD 1-6. SEATTLE 8-21 (.381), LEWIS 5-9, B BARRY 3-6, PAYTON 0-2, WATSON 0-1, RADMANOVIC 0-1, S WILLIAMS 0-2. TECHNICALS: DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE, SEATTLE - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LEROY RICHARDSON, MIKE SMITH. A - 11,992. T - 2:09.


Box Score

DENVER (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdul-wahad 40 2-4 1-1 1-8 1 4 5 Bowen 26 3-6 1-2 2-4 0 0 7 Lafrentz 29 6-14 4-5 4-7 1 4 17 Posey 36 5-8 2-4 5-11 7 1 12 Van Exel 39 12-29 7-7 0-3 3 2 38 G Mccloud 33 6-16 4-6 3-8 5 5 17 Johnson 25 1-5 3-4 0-1 3 2 5 Williams 12 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Hamilton DNP - coach's decision Lenard DNP - coach's decision Rider DNP - sprained right ankle Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 22-29 16-43 20 20 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 9-26, .346 (Lafrentz 1-3, Posey 0-2, Van Exel 7-15, G Mccloud 1-6). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Abdul-wahad 2, G Mccloud, Lafrentz). Turnovers: 11 (G Mccloud 2, Johnson 2, Van Exel 2, Abdul-wahad, Bowen, Lafrentz, Posey). Steals: 7 (G Mccloud 2, Abdul-wahad, Bowen, Johnson, Posey, Van Exel).

SEATTLE (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lewis 41 9-18 0-0 3-10 1 3 23 Mason 45 7-11 5-5 1-2 3 5 19 Harvey 8 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 2 2 B Barry 40 8-12 3-3 1-6 4 1 22 Payton 45 4-14 8-8 0-1 7 3 16 Long 25 4-7 1-2 3-10 2 4 9 Watson 16 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 2 2 Radmanovic 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 James 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 S Williams 8 0-3 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 Booth DNP - sprained right ankle Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-73 17-18 11-37 21 24 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.944. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Lewis 5-9, B Barry 3-6, Payton 0-2, Watson 0-1, Radmanovic 0-1, S Williams 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (B Barry 2, Long, Lewis, James, Harvey). Turnovers: 16 (Payton 4, B Barry 3, Lewis 3, Radmanovic 2, James, Long, Mason, S Williams). Steals: 6 (Lewis 3, Payton 2, Watson). ____________________________________________ Denver 22 26 33 22 - 103 Seattle 26 28 16 23 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Defensive Three, 5:57 1st). Seattle 1 (Defensive Three, 7:00 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,992. T: 2:09. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Leroy Richardson, Mike Smith.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- It took a superhuman effort for the Denver Nuggets to end an eight-year losing streak in Seattle. Nick Van Exel was up to the task.

Van Exel scored 21 of his 38 points in the third quarter as the Nuggets snapped a 16-game road losing streak to the SuperSonics with a 103-93 victory.

Van Exel outscored the SuperSonics, 21-16, in the third quarter. He hit five 3-pointers, four free throws and another basket in the period, helping the Nuggets turn a six-point halftime deficit to an 81-70 lead entering the fourth quarter.

"I kept telling everybody in the first half that my shot was there, even though I had one airball and the one Brent Barry put in the stands," Van Exel said of his 3-of-13 shooting through two quarters. "But they were right there, right on line. Everybody kept telling me to keep shooting. That's a big confidence-booster, when the coaches and players tell you to keep shooting."

Seattle got within 86-82 with Van Exel resting at the beginning of the period. But the 6-2 guard returned and promptly hit his seventh 3-pointer at the 6:47 mark. The Sonics closed to 93-90, but Van Exel keyed an 8-0 run with a floater in the lane with 2:48 to play.

"Nick's a shooter," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "He's one of the few guys on our team who has the mentality that if he missed five in a row, the next five are going to go in. He was 3-of-13 at half and thank goodness he kept shooting."

Raef LaFrentz and George McCloud each contributed 17 points for the Nuggets, which had not won here since February 9, 1993. Denver has won four of five overall.

Rashard Lewis had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Barry scored 22 points and Desmond Mason added 19 for Seattle.

"(Van Exel) was phenomenal in the third quarter and that's really when they took over the game," Barry said. "He made a lot of tough shots and they played the game we wanted to play, real scrappy, and they came into our building, and so it's not a good feeling."

Gary Payton scored 16 points but was held to 4-of-14 shooting by Denver's Tariq Abdul-Wahad.

"When you guard guys like this, you've got to take yourself out of the game offensively," said Abdul-Wahad, who had five points. "It was really a good game for us tonight. This one I'll remember. I did this to him once two years ago in Sacramento so I knew I could do it. Some guys could score 50 or 100 points, but playing defense is different. I'm dead tired."

Seattle (4-7) failed in a bid for its first consecutive wins of the season.

"We allowed those guys to hang around and Nick finally got hot," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We played some pretty good defense on him and he knocked down some shots. If he missed those shots, the game could've gone the other way."

"If we play like that, we're going to snap a lot of streaks," Issel said. "That was one of the more intelligent games we've played. We followed the script to perfection both offensively and defensively and you can't give T (Abdul-Wahad) enough credit for the job he did on Payton. And then Quick (Van Exel) just went off in the second half."

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