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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 22 23 12 20 77 SEATTLE 27 25 32 20 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 28, VOSHON LENARD 16, ZENDON HAMILTON 10 SEA - GARY PAYTON 25, RASHARD LEWIS 17, VIN BAKER 15

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ZENDON HAMILTON 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 SEA - ART LONG 11, VIN BAKER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - AVERY JOHNSON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 SEA - GARY PAYTON 12, BRENT BARRY 6

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

DENVER (77) AT SEATTLE (104)

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

HAMILTON F 34 3-8 4-5 7 5 12 1 5 0 4 10 POSEY F 30 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 2 0 4 LAFRENTZ C 22 2-6 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 0 3 4 JOHNSON G 24 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 6 0 1 1 2 VAN EXEL G 32 11-19 3-4 0 3 3 2 1 0 3 28 LENARD 30 5-11 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 16 BOWEN 25 1-4 1-2 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 3 CHEANEY 23 2-5 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 6 ANDERSON 8 0-6 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 SATTERFIELD 12 0-4 4-4 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 4 G MCCLOUD DNP - STRAINED RIGHT CALF WILLIAMS DNP - SORE LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 27-76 16-19 12 20 32 18 17 5 18 77 (.355) (.842) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(32 PTS)

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

BAKER F 36 6-13 3-8 3 6 9 1 4 1 2 15 LEWIS F 33 8-14 0-0 2 5 7 3 0 2 0 17 LONG C 29 6-12 0-0 6 5 11 1 5 1 3 12 PAYTON G 38 11-18 1-3 1 6 7 12 3 2 3 25 B BARRY G 31 3-9 0-0 1 3 4 6 1 2 3 7 RADMANOVIC 11 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 JAMES 15 2-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 5 1 3 4 MASON 24 6-9 1-2 4 3 7 0 2 1 0 13 S WILLIAMS 15 2-4 1-1 0 0 0 5 1 4 0 5 WATSON 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 OYEDEJI 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 DROBNJAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 47-90 6-14 19 33 52 28 23 14 16 104 (.522) (.429) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

DENVER 22 23 12 20 - 77 SEATTLE 27 25 32 20 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ 2, POSEY, BOWEN, CHEANEY, ANDERSON. SEATTLE - LEWIS 2, MASON 2, B BARRY, JAMES, BAKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 7-16 (.438), POSEY 0-3, LAFRENTZ 0-1, VAN EXEL 3-4, LENARD 4-6, SATTERFIELD 0-2. SEATTLE 4-14 (.286), LEWIS 1-3, PAYTON 2-2, B BARRY 1-5, RADMANOVIC 0-2, S WILLIAMS 0-1, WATSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JIM CAPERS, JOE HENDERSON. A - 17,072. T - 2:11.


Box Score

DENVER (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hamilton 34 3-8 4-5 7-12 1 5 10 Posey 30 2-9 0-0 0-2 3 2 4 Lafrentz 22 2-6 0-0 0-4 0 3 4 Johnson 24 1-4 0-0 0-1 6 0 2 Van Exel 32 11-19 3-4 0-3 2 1 28 Lenard 30 5-11 2-2 0-2 3 1 16 Bowen 25 1-4 1-2 2-4 0 1 3 Cheaney 23 2-5 2-2 1-2 1 2 6 Anderson 8 0-6 0-0 2-2 0 2 0 Satterfield 12 0-4 4-4 0-0 2 0 4 G Mccloud DNP - strained right calf Williams DNP - sore lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-76 16-19 12-32 18 17 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.355, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Posey 0-3, Lafrentz 0-1, Van Exel 3-4, Lenard 4-6, Satterfield 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Lafrentz 2, Posey, Bowen, Cheaney, Anderson). Turnovers: 19 (Hamilton 4, Satterfield 4, Lafrentz 3, Van Exel 3, Anderson, Cheaney, Johnson, Lenard). Steals: 5 (Posey 2, Anderson, Bowen, Johnson).

SEATTLE (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 36 6-13 3-8 3-9 1 4 15 Lewis 33 8-14 0-0 2-7 3 0 17 Long 29 6-12 0-0 6-11 1 5 12 Payton 38 11-18 1-3 1-7 12 3 25 B Barry 31 3-9 0-0 1-4 6 1 7 Radmanovic 11 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 James 15 2-5 0-0 2-6 0 5 4 Mason 24 6-9 1-2 4-7 0 2 13 S Williams 15 2-4 1-1 0-0 5 1 5 Watson 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Oyedeji 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Drobnjak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-90 6-14 19-52 28 23 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.522, FT-.429. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Lewis 1-3, Payton 2-2, B Barry 1-5, Radmanovic 0-2, S Williams 0-1, Watson 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Lewis 2, Mason 2, B Barry, James, Baker). Turnovers: 16 (B Barry 3, James 3, Long 3, Payton 3, Baker 2, Oyedeji, Watson). Steals: 14 (S Williams 4, B Barry 2, Lewis 2, Payton 2, Baker, James, Long, Mason). ____________________________________________ Denver 22 23 12 20 - 77 Seattle 27 25 32 20 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Defensive Three, 1:34 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:11. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Jim Capers, Joe Henderson.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Gary Payton and the Seattle SuperSonics proved that a return home, coupled with more efficient shooting, was what they needed to re-establish their dominance over the Denver Nuggets.

Payton had 25 points and 12 assists and Rashard Lewis scored 17 points as the SuperSonics routed the Nuggets, 104-77, avenging a loss 24 hours ago.

On Friday night, the Nuggets rallied for a 96-90 victory over the SuperSonics at the Pepsi Center.

Payton also tallied 25 points in that game. On Saturday, the Sonics shot over 52 percent (47-of-90) from the floor as they won for the 26th time in 28 home meetings with the Nuggets.

"It gives you a sickening feeling to play this way (tonight) and get this game and know that we gave one away last night," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "Tonight we showed pride in defending the ball, rebounding the ball and executing."

Vin Baker scored 15 points and added nine boards as the Sonics dominated in the paint, outscoring the Nuggets, 74-28.

The Sonics also have dominated their overall series with the Nuggets, taking 22 of the last 29 meetings.

Nick Van Exel led the Nuggets with 28 points. Denver shot just 35.5 percent (27-of-76) from the field as its road losing streak grew to 13 games.

"I think we are a team that is shorthanded," Nuggets coach Mike Evans said. "I think we are going to win some road games and I think there are going to be nights like this on the road when teams take advantage of us and we're not shooting the ball very well."

Power forward Antonio McDyess, who averaged 20.8 points and 12.1 rebounds last season, is expected to return next month after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn patella tendon before the start of the campaign.

The Sonics also reversed their fortunes off the glass. After being outrebounded by 22, Seattle pulled down 20 more boards at KeyArena.

"I told the guys tonight, `I want pride from you guys and I don't want individual play,'" McMillan said. "It has to be a unit playing together with a high level of intensity and aggresiveness and not 1-on-1 play."

After taking a seven-point lead at halftime, Seattle put away Denver in the third quarter, outscoring the Nuggets, 32-12.

Lewis and Art Long contributed two baskets apiece as the Sonics scored 10 straight points to open a 67-49 cushion midway through the period.

"We just didn't have the energy," said Nuggets point guard Avery Johnson, who had six assists. "They had something to prove. Obviously, Nate McMillan told them something over there that got them inspired."

Following a timeout by McMillan, Lewis hit a 15-foot jumper to spark the burst and Payton nailed one from short range.

Long, who did not come off the bench Friday, scored on a tip-in and fed Lewis for a reverse layup, forcing Denver to take a timeout.

Set up by Payton, Long also capped the run with driving layup. The center finished with 12 points and 11 boards.

A seven-time All-Star, Payton took over the game in the last five minutes of the third quarter, when Seattle scored 17 of the final 20 points.

"They just had a good third quarter last night," Payton said of Denver's rally at the Pepsi Center. "Tonight, we focused on rebounding and not giving them fast-break points, and we executed."

Between hitting a seven-foot jumper and a layup, Payton recorded three assists, dishing to Baker and Desmond Mason for easy scores.

"It was just our intensity that we picked up defensively -- we were upset," Baker said. "We just really came in here, focused this morning on the things we did wrong. We came in and corrected them and it made for a 30-point win."

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