Friday , Dec , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Iverson, Nuggets down Sonics

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson poured in a game-high 44 points
and dished out 10 assists to pace Denver to a 112-98 thrashing of Seattle at
the Pepsi Center.

Iverson, in his third game as a Nugget, shot a sizzling 17-of-29 from the
field and 9-of-12 from the line. Earl Boykins came off the bench and scored 24
points while Reggie Evans added nine points and pulled down 18 boards for

The Nuggets, who have won two straight and four of five, shot 49 percent from
the floor.

Damien Wilkins netted 26 points and had five steals for the SuperSonics, who
had a two-game winning streak snapped and lost for the seventh time in nine
contests. Luke Ridnour posted 16 points with five assists and Earl Watson
donated 15 points with seven helpers in defeat.

A Boykins layup and free throw finished up a 35-point first quarter for
Denver, which held an eight-point lead entering the second. The SuperSonics,
however, closed the gap to four, 60-56, just before halftime on a pair of hits
from the charity stripe by Saer Sene.

The duo of Iverson and Boykins helped the Nuggets maintain their lead in the
third. In the last 1 1/2 minutes of the period, both players converted a pair
from the line, and Boykins added a free throw after Seattle’s Chris Wilcox was
ejected for his second technical. Boykins then followed up by drilling a trey
to put Denver up 85-76.

The Nuggets pulled away in the fourth, extending their advantage to 20 at
111-91 on Evans’ layup with 2:01 remaining.

Game Notes

Seattle finished 46 percent shooting…Both teams were 4-of-14 (28.6 percent)
from three-point range…Johan Petro had 11 points for the
SuperSonics…Denver’s Eduardo Najera scored nine points.