NBA Game Summary - Denver at Seattle
(Wednesday, February 27th)
Final Score: Denver 138, Seattle 96
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson had 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting as the Denver Nuggets pummeled the Seattle SuperSonics, 138-96, at KeyArena.
Kenyon Martin added 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while Carmelo Anthony donated 16 points for the Nuggets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Marcus Camby registered 12 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, while Anthony Carter added 12 points and 12 assists for Denver, which shot a franchise-best 67 percent.
"It was a combination of us making our layups and then making our threes," said Denver coach George Karl. "There's a confidence that comes from both. There is an energy that comes from getting a lot of layups and there's an energy that comes from making threes."
Linas Kleiza and J.R. Smith chipped in 15 points each for the Nuggets, who set the league mark for points in a game this season.
Kevin Durant shot just 4-of-17 for 16 points for the Sonics, who have dropped three in a row. Mickael Gelabale also scored 16 points, while Jeff Green and Johan Petro added 15 points each for Seattle, which shot just 36.3 percent.
"We've got to come out with a lot of energy," said Durant. "That's something we have been trying to emphasize in practice and our walkthroughs and we didn't execute that today."
Martin's thunderous dunk over Seattle's Nick Collison capped a 15-4 run and gave the Sonics a 27-13 lead with 2:20 left in the opening quarter. Denver led 31-19 after one quarter.
Iverson's driving layup 41 seconds into the second quarter sparked an 8-2 flurry that put the Nuggets ahead 39-23 with 9:38 left in the frame.
Later in the second, a Kleiza dunk culminated a 10-0 surge that gave the Nuggets a 61-40 advantage with 1:54 left in the first half.
Smith hit a three while falling down at the buzzer to give Denver a 64-45 lead at the intermission.
The Nuggets continued to pull away in the third and fittingly closed the quarter with three straight dunks, the first by Smith followed by two from Martin.
Denver led 100-75 heading into the fourth quarter. The Sonics never threatened thereafter.
Denver's 67 percent shooting is the highest in the NBA this season...Karl returned to the bench after missing Monday's loss to Detroit due to the flu. With 862 wins, he is now two wins shy of Jack Ramsey for 10th all-time on the coaching wins list...Denver's Eduardo Najera missed the game due to personal reasons...Seattle's Earl Watson sat out due to an illness...The Nuggets have won three in a row and five of the last six contests in the series. Denver has won three straight and five of its last six at Seattle...Attendance was 13,627.
02/28 01:19:05 ET