NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Denver
(Wednesday, March 28th)
Final Score: Seattle 100, Denver 97
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - J.R. Smith's deep heave at the buzzer drew back iron, giving Seattle its second victory in as many nights, 100-97 over Denver at Pepsi Center.
One night after storming back from a 25-point deficit to knock off Minnesota, the SuperSonics held off Denver behind 33 points and 10 rebounds from Rashard Lewis. Nick Collison recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Seattle, which has won two straight and three of four.
"Coming into the back-to-back (games), I was worried about our energy level," said Seattle head coach Bob Hill. "But, it didn't seem to be a problem tonight."
Carmelo Anthony poured in 28 points, Nene added 17 points and 13 boards and Allen Iverson donated 14 points with eight assists for Denver, which is firmly situated in the seventh Western Conference playoff spot between the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.
With the game tied at 87-87 in the fourth stanza, Seattle went on a 10-3 burst capped by Lewis' three with 4:12 to play.
The Nuggets stormed back, drawing within 99-97 when Linas Kleiza buried a pair of free throws with 45 seconds remaining. Earl Watson missed a driving layup, then Denver got the ball to Anthony, who drove toward the middle of the lane before dishing off to Kleiza for an open three that hit the front rim.
Lewis was fouled on the other end but he left the game in doubt after missing the second free throw with 1.6 seconds left.
Denver called a timeout and Smith missed a straight-on three at the buzzer.
The Nuggets led 35-32 after one stanza, but Seattle stormed in front 59-54 at the half.
The game featured nine ties and 14 lead changes...Seattle committed 20 turnovers to only 10 for Denver...The Nuggets shot 4-of-18 from beyond the arc...Denver grabbed 14 offensive rebounds...Chris Wilcox and Damien Wilkins donated 12 points apiece in defeat.
03/29 00:09:11 ET