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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 24 27 25 17 93 SEATTLE 31 29 25 21 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - GEORGE MCCLOUD 28, ANTONIO MCDYESS 17, JAMES POSEY 13 SEA - HORACE GRANT 26, GARY PAYTON 21, BRENT BARRY 15

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 SEA - HORACE GRANT 12, VIN BAKER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 10, CHRIS HERREN 7 SEA - GARY PAYTON 13, HORACE GRANT 4

ATT: 14,220


Extended Box

DENVER (93) AT SEATTLE (106)

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

CLARK F 34 4-6 2-3 3 4 7 1 3 2 3 10 MCDYESS F 43 6-16 5-7 3 12 15 0 2 0 0 17 LAFRENTZ C 24 3-9 0-0 3 2 5 1 3 1 0 6 POSEY G 36 6-13 1-1 2 5 7 6 4 3 3 13 VAN EXEL G 38 3-16 0-2 0 2 2 10 3 0 1 6 MCCLOUD 33 10-16 3-4 1 2 3 3 1 1 4 28 GATLING 7 0-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 C HERREN 20 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 7 3 0 0 12 BOWEN 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROGERS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-87 12-19 12 29 41 28 19 7 12 93 (.414) (.632) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

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

BAKER F 34 0-7 7-8 4 5 9 0 5 0 2 7 PATTERSON F 18 4-8 2-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 0 10 GRANT C 39 13-17 0-0 4 8 12 4 2 0 0 26 B BARRY G 38 5-9 2-2 0 8 8 3 2 1 2 15 PAYTON G 43 7-20 5-7 1 3 4 13 0 3 4 21 MCCOY 19 6-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 12 LEWIS 26 3-10 2-2 1 6 7 2 1 0 2 8 FOSTER 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 2 MAXWELL 16 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 5 BORRELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-88 18-21 12 36 48 29 19 5 11 106 (.466) (.857) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(8 PTS)

DENVER 24 27 25 17 - 93 SEATTLE 31 29 25 21 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 4, CLARK, LAFRENTZ. SEATTLE - PAYTON, GRANT, B BARRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 9-29 (.310), POSEY 0-5, VAN EXEL 0-7, MCCLOUD 5-9, GATLING 0-1, C HERREN 4-7. SEATTLE 6-15 (.400), BAKER 0-1, B BARRY 3-4, PAYTON 2-5, LEWIS 0-1, MAXWELL 1-4. TECHNICALS: DENVER - VAN EXEL. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, DAVID JONES, DEE KANTNER. A - 14,220. T - 2:02.


Box Score

DENVER (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Clark 34 4-6 2-3 3-7 1 3 10 Mcdyess 43 6-16 5-7 3-15 0 2 17 Lafrentz 24 3-9 0-0 3-5 1 3 6 Posey 36 6-13 1-1 2-7 6 4 13 Van Exel 38 3-16 0-2 0-2 10 3 6 Mccloud 33 10-16 3-4 1-3 3 1 28 Gatling 7 0-3 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 C Herren 20 4-8 0-0 0-2 7 3 12 Bowen 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Rogers 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-87 12-19 12-41 28 19 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals: 9-29, .310 (Posey 0-5, Van Exel 0-7, Mccloud 5-9, Gatling 0-1, C Herren 4-7). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcdyess 4, Clark, Lafrentz). Turnovers: 13 (Mccloud 4, Clark 3, Posey 3, Rogers, Van Exel). Steals: 7 (Posey 3, Clark 2, Lafrentz, Mccloud).

SEATTLE (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 34 0-7 7-8 4-9 0 5 7 Patterson 18 4-8 2-2 1-3 2 3 10 Grant 39 13-17 0-0 4-12 4 2 26 B Barry 38 5-9 2-2 0-8 3 2 15 Payton 43 7-20 5-7 1-4 13 0 21 Mccoy 19 6-6 0-0 1-3 2 1 12 Lewis 26 3-10 2-2 1-7 2 1 8 Foster 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 Maxwell 16 2-8 0-0 0-2 2 2 5 Borrell DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-88 18-21 12-48 29 19 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Baker 0-1, B Barry 3-4, Payton 2-5, Lewis 0-1, Maxwell 1-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Payton, Grant, B Barry). Turnovers: 11 (Payton 4, B Barry 2, Baker 2, Lewis 2, Maxwell). Steals: 5 (Payton 3, B Barry, Foster). ____________________________________________ Denver 24 27 25 17 - 93 Seattle 31 29 25 21 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Van Exel, 5:44 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,220. T: 2:02. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, David Jones, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Horace Grant scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Gary Payton added 21 points as the Seattle SuperSonics continued their home dominance of the Denver Nuggets with a 106-93 victory.

Seattle has won 14 straight against Denver at KeyArena, with its last loss coming on February 9, 1993. The SuperSonics have won 22 of the last 23 meetings at home, where they are 41-11 against the Nuggets all-time.

Seattle moved one-half game behind Sacramento for seventh place in the Western Conference following the Kings' loss at Dallas tonight. The eighth-place team will have the dubious distinction of playing the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.

"It's a nice night with Sacramento losing to Dallas and us getting this win," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "I told the team that the playoffs have started now. It's time for a charge. We're in a position where we expect to have one and we've got to go out and take care of games like this and that's exactly what we did."

Grant connected on his first 10 attempts from the field and was 13-of-17 on the night as the SuperSonics shot 47 percent from the floor (41-of-88) while holding the Nuggets to 41 percent (36-of-87).

"I've got to give my teammates the credit," Grant said. "Gary and the guys hit me with some great passes. It was a great game on everyone's part. If we can continue to play like that, who knows, that sixth spot is reachable."

Antonio McDyess had 17 points and 15 rebounds for Denver, which had won its last two games.

"We missed too many easy shots in the game," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "We missed a ton of layups that we normally make, that got us in a hole. We never made enough shots from the field or the free throw line. I thought the effort was there."

Denver made it close early in the fourth quarter, cutting Seattle's lead to 87-81 with just under nine minutes remaining. But the SuperSonics went on a 14-5 run to put the game away.

"We knew that when we had them down, we had to keep them down," Seattle center Jelani McCoy said. "We've had a bad history this year of letting teams back into games and not keeping our foot down on their throat and today we were able to do that by executing on the offensive end and getting some key stops on the defensive side."

McDyess's performance could not carry over to the rest of the team as Nick Van Exel hit just three of his 16 attempts from the floor while Raef LaFrentz went only 3-for-9 and finished with six points.

"We had some positives, but the final analysis is if we get six points out of Raef and six points out of Nick, we're not going to win the basketball game," Issel said.

Seattle jumped out to a 31-24 lead after one quarter, keyed by a 14-4 run midway through the session. Ruben Patterson scored four points during the stretch, including a dunk that gave the Sonics the lead they would not relinquish with 6:37 remaining.

Seattle scored nine of the first 12 points of the second quarter and led 41-29 with 8:23 remaining before Denver scored 12 of the next 16 points, ignited by consecutive 3-pointers by Chris Herren and George McCloud. The baskets cut the deficit to six and the Nuggets trailed 60-51 at the half.

But the Sonics opened the second half on a 9-2 run and led 71-54 with just under eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.

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