Nuggets hold off Sonics
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony posted 32 points and nine
rebounds, as the struggling Denver Nuggets continued their push towards the
postseason with a 114-103 win over the Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena.
Denver is now a half game ahead of the Clippers for the seventh seed in the
Western Conference playoff race.
Allen Iverson notched 26 points and seven assists for the Nuggets, who snapped
a three-game losing streak. Linas Kleiza scored 16 points and Steve Blake
added 13 points and seven assists.
Earl Watson scored 28 points off the bench for Seattle, which had a three-game
winning streak snapped. Rashard Lewis had 27 points and nine boards, while
Chris Wilcox added 20 points in the loss.
Seattle cut its deficit to four, 105-101, on Lewis’ trey with 2:15 to go in
the fourth, but the Nuggets responded on a 9-2 spurt down the stretch to seal
Denver got going on a 13-2 run capped by an Anthony jumper at the two-minute
of the first, and led 28-18 heading into the second.
The Sonics caught up midway through the second by going on a 14-4 run
highlighted by a pair of Watson treys for a 46-40 deficit with just under four
minutes remaining. They trailed just 54-51 at halftime.
The Nuggets added to their lead, though, by scoring six straight midway
through the third. But, Seattle went on a 17-6 burst down the stretch and Mike
Wilks’ tip shot with six ticks left trimmed the deficit all the way down to
81-80 heading into the fourth.
This was the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the Northwest
Division rivals. The teams split a pair of games at the Pepsi Center, while
the Nuggets defeated Seattle, 117-112, on January 23rd at KeyArena…Denver
has won four of its last five at Seattle.