Allen-less SuperSonics visit Iverson, Nuggets
(Sports Network) – The new-look Denver Nuggets wrap up their homestand
tonight, as they welcome the Seattle SuperSonics to the Pepsi Center.
Superstar Allen Iverson poured in 28 points and dished out 13 assists to lead
Denver past the Boston Celtics, 116-105, at the Pepsi Center. Iverson, who was
acquired earlier this month in a blockbuster trade from the Philadelphia
76ers, finished 9-of-22 from the floor and went 9-of-13 from the line, while
Earl Boykins contributed 28 points off the bench.
Eduardo Najera scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Nene added
12 points and 14 boards for the Nuggets, who have won three of their last four
Denver continues to play without star forward Carmelo Anthony and guard J.R.
Smith. Anthony is serving a 15-game suspension for his role in December 16th’s
brawl at Madison Square Garden, while Smith received a 10-game suspension.
Anthony is averaging 31.6 points per game, and Smith has netteded 16.7
On the injury front for Denver, center Marcus Camby is sidelined with a broken
finger on his right hand. Camby is averaging 11.7 points and a team-best 11.0
rebounds per game.
Denver is 8-5 at home and 2-1 on the homestand. The Nuggets are scheduled to
visit the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Friday at the Ford Center.
Seattle tries to win its third straight game. On Tuesday, New Orleans/Oklahoma
City may have suffered a bigger loss during the game than at its conclusion,
as Chris Paul’s ankle injury overshadowed Luke Ridnour’s 27-point, nine-assist
performance during the SuperSonics’ 102-94 victory over the Hornets at
Chris Wilcox notched a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win
over the Hornets for Seattle, while All-Star Ray Allen ended with 21 points
and eight assists for the SuperSonics, who won their second straight contest.
Allen is expected to miss tonight’s contest to be present for the birth of his
third child. Seattle is 3-6 without Allen this season.
The SuperSonics are 4-10 on the road this season. They will visit Kevin
Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at the Target Center.
Seattle has lost two of its last three at Denver. The teams have split the
last eight contests in this series.