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April 6, 2008 6:00 PM

Denver game thread

Posted by Percy Allen

GREAT WIN --- The Supes pull it out and claim a 151-147 victory. Durant (37 points) and Green (35) set career highs.

NO ONE IN THE LOWER BOWL IS SITTING DOWN --- Hadn't seen a game like this in this building in a long time.

DURANT DOES IT AGAIN --- He drained another three-pointer to tie the score 135-135 with 5.1 seconds left. Martin missed a desperation shot at the buzzer and we're headed to a second overtime.

DURANT FORCES OT --- The rookie didn't hesitate on a three-pointer at the top of the key that tied the game at 126-126 with 22.6 remaining. Anthony had a chance to win in regulation, but his baseline jumper sailed long.

GREAT FINISH --- There's 13,104 in the building, but if you closed your eyes you'd swear the place was packed. It's a good crowd and a fantastic finish. The Supes have scored just 24 points this quarter.

GREEN SURPASSES HIS CAREER HIGH --- He's got 28 points tonight.

THE FIIRST TO 130 WINS? --- It's beginning to look that way.

THIRD QUARTER --- Sonics keep the lead. They're ahead 99-95. Durant is efficient offensively. He's connected on 9 of 16 field goals for 25 points and he has seven assists and five rebounds. The seven assists ties his career high. Anthony, who scored 47 points on Saturday, has 27 for Denver.

IF YOU LIKE SCORING ... then this is the game for you. Sonics lead 70-64. They're on pace for their highest scoring game this season. Their previous high was a 126 points in a double OT game at Atlantat on Nov. 16. Unfortunately this is one of those fool's gold game. Denver can play at this blistering pace, but I'm not sure the Sonics can sustain what they're doing. Durant leads everyone with 18 points, Wilkins has 12 and Green 11. Four Nuggets are in double digit scoring, including Anthony who has a team-high 13.

P.J. COLLECTS A TECHNICAL --- Carlesimo came to the defense of Green who given a blocking charge on Kenyon Martin. Anthony missed the ensuing free throw. It was Carlesimo's second technical this season.

FIRST QUARTER --- Denver may not get to 168 points, but this is a high-scoring game. The Nuggets lead 36-31 and they're shooting 60.9 percent from the field. The Sonics haven't slowed this team down in the past 10 quarters dating back to their first game on Oct. 31. The scoring is spread out evenly for the Nuggets. All five starters have at least three points. Durant leads the Supes with 10.

SPLIT HOUSE --- Loyalties are divided among a strong contingent of Nuggets fans. Surprisingly, there's a good turnout tonight. About 12,000 I'm guessing. If this is second to last game in Seattle for this team, then you have to hand it to the fans for still showinig up.

MORE ON WILKINS --- He missed two games to attend the birth of his son Jayden Lamont Wilkins who was born April 2nd at 3:30 a.m. Jayden was 7 pounds and 20 inches at the time of his birth. Jayden and his mother Traci Boyd are doing fine after a 24-hour labor. Said Wilkins: "It's still hard to believe that somebody is going to call me daddy."

SHOEGATE AFTERMATH --- Apparently the fallout from the sneaker fiasco after Friday's game isn't over. The team's marketing staff is accepting full responsibility for failing to tell players that they were supposed to give their autographed shoes to fans after the game. The players were told immediately after the game and some were hesitant to follow through. A few gave less than enthusiastic showings. A PR spokesman said cheerleaders will give out stuff after the game even though the PA announcer said Friday that six players would give out goodies following tongiht's game.

STARTING LINEUPS

DENVER
F -- Carmelo Anthony
F -- Kenyon Martin
C -- Marcus Camby
G -- Anthony Carter
G -- Allen Iverson

SONICS
F -- Jeff Green
F -- Nick Collison
C -- Johan Petro
G -- Kevin Durant
G -- Earl Watson

Officials: Bill Spooner, Violet Palmer and Mark Ayotte.

PRE-GAME NOTES --- FSN play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro is not here tonight and Brian Davis is filling in.

The lineups are the same for the Sonics.

No Nene for Denver. He has right groin strain that occured in Saturday's loss against Sacramento.

Coach P.J. Carlesimo said Denver has given his team fits all season, which is a bit of an understatement considering the Nuggets dropped 168 points on Seattle in the their last meeting.

Damien Wilkins has returned after attending the birth of his first son on Friday in Atlanta.


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