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SEATTLE (110) AT DENVER (113)

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

SCHREMPF F 41 4-12 8-10 1 8 9 5 3 0 0 16 STEPANIA F 17 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 3 8 POLYNICE C 33 5-11 0-2 5 5 10 1 3 0 0 10 OWENS G 13 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 2 PAYTON G 41 13-26 7-11 2 4 6 11 4 0 2 33 CROTTY 9 0-3 0-0 2 0 2 1 3 0 1 0 ELLIS 28 5-8 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 12 HAWKINS 33 2-6 8-8 1 3 4 1 1 1 2 13 MCCOY 10 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 WILLIAMS 15 6-9 2-4 3 1 4 1 2 0 0 14 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-86 27-37 16 27 43 22 28 2 11 110 (.465) (.730) TEAM REBS: 19 TOTAL TO: 11(8 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 32 7-13 5-8 2 7 9 2 5 1 1 19 STITH F 32 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 5 FORTSON C 27 3-5 11-12 1 7 8 1 6 1 1 17 BILLUPS G 41 10-18 8-8 1 2 3 5 3 2 3 32 VAN EXEL G 38 11-23 3-3 0 2 2 5 2 0 1 31 HERRERA 14 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 4 0 2 2 TAYLOR 11 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 WASHINGTON 20 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 E WILLIAMS 25 2-4 3-5 2 0 2 1 3 0 1 7 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MEYER DNP - COACH'S DECISION CLARK DNP - PARTIALLY COLLAPSED LUNG

TOTALS 240 36-77 30-36 6 25 31 16 31 6 9 113 (.468) (.833) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

SEATTLE 30 24 27 29 - 110 DENVER 35 25 25 28 - 113

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - SCHREMPF, HAWKINS, STEPANIA, OWENS. DENVER - MCDYESS 3, WASHINGTON 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 3-10 (.300), SCHREMPF 0-1, PAYTON 0-2, ELLIS 2-5, HAWKINS 1-2. DENVER 11-26 (.423), STITH 1-3, BILLUPS 4-9, VAN EXEL 6-10, TAYLOR 0-1, WASHINGTON 0-2, E WILLIAMS 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - HEAD COACH P WESTPHAL, PAYTON. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, ED F RUSH, RODNEY MOTT. A - 10,701. T - 2:22.


Box Score

SEATTLE (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 41 4-12 8-10 1-9 5 3 16 Stepania 17 4-7 0-0 1-3 1 4 8 Polynice 33 5-11 0-2 5-10 1 3 10 Owens 13 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 3 2 Payton 41 13-26 7-11 2-6 11 4 33 Crotty 9 0-3 0-0 2-2 1 3 0 Ellis 28 5-8 0-0 0-3 0 2 12 Hawkins 33 2-6 8-8 1-4 1 1 13 Mccoy 10 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 3 2 Williams 15 6-9 2-4 3-4 1 2 14 Barry DNP - coach's decision Lewis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-86 27-37 16-43 22 28 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.730. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Schrempf 0-1, Payton 0-2, Ellis 2-5, Hawkins 1-2). Team rebounds: 19. Blocked shots: 4 (Schrempf, Hawkins, Stepania, Owens). Turnovers: 11 (Stepania 3, Hawkins 2, Owens 2, Payton 2, Crotty, Ellis). Steals: 2 (Hawkins, Mccoy).

DENVER (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 32 7-13 5-8 2-9 2 5 19 Stith 32 2-6 0-0 0-1 2 2 5 Fortson 27 3-5 11-12 1-8 1 6 17 Billups 41 10-18 8-8 1-3 5 3 32 Van Exel 38 11-23 3-3 0-2 5 2 31 Herrera 14 1-2 0-0 0-4 0 4 2 Taylor 11 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Washington 20 0-5 0-0 0-1 0 4 0 E Williams 25 2-4 3-5 2-2 1 3 7 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Meyer DNP - coach's decision Clark DNP - partially collapsed lung _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 30-36 6-31 16 31 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 11-26, .423 (Stith 1-3, Billups 4-9, Van Exel 6-10, Taylor 0-1, Washington 0-2, E Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Mcdyess 3, Washington 2). Turnovers: 10 (Billups 3, Herrera 2, E Williams, Fortson, Mcdyess, Van Exel). Steals: 6 (Billups 2, Fortson, Mcdyess, Stith, Washington). ____________________________________________ Seattle 30 24 27 29 - 110 Denver 35 25 25 28 - 113 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 2 (Head Coach P Westphal, 6:48 4th; Payton, 6:32 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,701. T: 2:22. Officials: Bill Spooner, Ed F Rush, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- The backcourt duo of Chauncey Billups and Nick Van Exel combined for 63 points and Dale Ellis missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Denver Nuggets held on for a 113-110 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Denver, which had dropped 14 of its last 17 games, improved to 2-1 against Seattle this season, marking the first time since the 1993-94 season it has taken two games in one campaign from the SuperSonics.

"You couldn't play any bigger than we did from the backcourt tonight with Billups and Van Exel," Denver coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Billups scored a career-high 32 points and Van Exel added a season-high 31 for Denver, which improved to 9-8 at home. The Nuggets remain the league's lone winless road team at 0-15.

"I just want to come out and be aggressive," Billups said. "It wasn't a bad night for Nick and myself. That's what we're capable of."

"I just try to attack Gary (Payton)," Van Exel added. "If you don't, he'll give you a long night. I felt pretty good coming into the game with my shot. I've just been shooting and shooting and shooting the ball."

Gary Payton had 33 points, 11 assists and committed just two turnovers, but even one of the league's best players has not been able to stem Seattle's slide into mediocrity.

After a sparkling 6-0 start under new coach Paul Westphal, the Sonics have gone just 9-15, dropping eight of their last 10 road games.

"We're getting tired of saying how we have to stay tough," said Westphal. "Billups and Van Exel hit shots that we wanted them to take. They were like daggers."

Detlef Schrempf scored 16 points and Aaron Williams added a season-high 14 for Seattle, which slipped to 4-11 away from home after going 26-15 on the road last season. The Sonics have not been at the break-even mark this late in a season since they were 24-24 in the 1991-92 campaign.

Antonio McDyess collected 19 points and Danny Forston added 17 for Denver, which nearly squandered a 13-point third-quarter lead.

Schrempf made 1-of-2 at the line with 21 seconds to play to pull Seattle within 109-108. McDyess and Eric Williams each sank a pair of free throws around a missed 3-pointer by Payton, giving the Nuggets a seemingly safe 113-108 advantage with 10.8 seconds to go.

Ellis went in for an uncontested layup before McDyess missed a pair from the line with 5.7 seconds left, setting up Ellis' last-second shot.

Ellis, a former Nugget, came off a screen and caught the in-bounds pass from Payton before dribbling left and launching a desperation shot from just beyond the arc. The ball bounded off the front rim and into the hands of McDyess as the buzzer sounded.

"I took the last shot and McDyess did a good job contesting it," Ellis said. "He jumps well if you didn't notice."

Hersey Hawkins scored 13 points and Ellis added 12 for the Sonics, who shot 46 percent (40-of-86) and held a 43-31 advantage on the boards.

"Eventually you run out of time and that's what happened," said Hawkins. "We can't keep spotting them 10 (points) and coming back. We had a good effort. We never gave up. Give them credit. They made a lot of (3-pointers). Sooner or later, the bounces will go our way."

The Nuggets shot 47 percent (36-of-77) and connected on 11-of-23 from long range. Seattle was 3-of-10 from 3-point range.

Van Exel was 6-of-10 from beyond the arc and is averaging 26.3 points over his last four games. His previous season-high was a 29-point effort against Vancouver on Tuesday.

"I think the extra work with (assistant) coach (John) Lucas has paid off," added Van Exel. "I want to get comfortable to where if I need to take a shot in the game I know I can make it."

Billups made 4-of-9 3-pointers in eclipsing his previous career-high of 27 points established against the Grizzlies on February 22, 1998.

Denver appeared to have matters in hand when it held a 101-90 lead with 6:32 to play on a pair of free throws by McDyess.

Payton responded with two free throws and driving layup around a seven-foot hook shot by Schrempf before Olden Polynice drained a short jumper to pull the Sonics within 101-98 with 4:39 left.

Williams hit a free throw and Van Exel sank a running jumper to to stretch the lead back to six points with 3:32 remaining.

Hawkins made a 3-pointer and Payton had an easy layup as Seattle close to 104-103, but Van Exel answered with an acrobatic, leaning 3-pointer with 2:23 to go.

"When a team shoots that well, you're in trouble," Hawkins added. "They were unconscious."

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