Follow the Sonics off and on the court with reporters Percy Allen and Jayda Evans.
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April 16, 2008 7:53 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
IT'S OVER --- Mercifully, the Sonics hang on to a 126-121 victory. Durant finishes with a career highs 42 points and 13 rebounds. Seattle wins its final two games and finished 20-62. What a season.
FOR-TY --- Durant is going out with a 40-point bang. Wow.
DURANT GETS THERE AGAIN --- The rookie has 37 points, which ties his career high. He hit a big jumper and on the next possesion, Watson drained a three-pointer that gives the Supes a commanding 117-108 lead witih 2:50 left.
WARRIORS ARE BACK IN IT --- Ellis drained a short jumper to cut Golden State's lead to 108-104 with less than five minutes left. The Warriors just won't give up.
ANOTHER CAREER NIGHT? --- Durant has 32 points after three quarters to lead the Sonics who lead 95-80. He needs seven to reach his career best. Durant has converted 15 of 22 shots. Green is not bad either. He has 23 points.
HALFTIME --- The Sonics lead 68-60. Durant is putting on a show and cementing his Rookie of the Year claim. He has a game-high 24 points on 11-for-14 shooting. He also has four rebounds and four assists. His career high is 37 points. Green (16 points) is the only other Sonic in double-digit scoring. Davis leads Golden State with 13.
BRONZE MEDALS TO THE WINNER --- This game has the feel of a Saturday morning Class AAA consolation game at the Tacoma Dome. Neither team really wants to be here, but the near capacity crowd is trying to pump life into the Warriors who fell behind by 11 points in the first quarter.
DAVIS V. NELLIE --- Coach Don Nelson downplayed any friction that might exist between him and Davis, who was benched in the second half of Monday's loss to Phoenix. The defeat knocked the Warriors out of the playoffs and sparked speculation that Davis would not return season. Davis, who started and has six points in 13 minutes, has declined media requests. He said he'll address the matter after tonight's game.
CONGRATS KD --- Durant needed just 18 points to join LeBron James and Carmelo Anthonly and become the third teenager in NBA history to average 20 points in a season. He just knocked down a long jumper for his 18th point. Before the game, he said: "I'm not going to think about it. Those things don't matter. ... It is nice to be mentioned with those guys. That's some good company. But I'm not going to go out and think about it."
A SEATTLE INVASION --- Driving to Oracle Arena was a little strange because the arena sits next to the Oakland Athletics' McAfee Coliseum where the Mariners are playing tonight. Strange. Can't remember the last time I've ever been in a place where the city's professional basketball and baseball teams are playing on the same night.
MY APOLOGIES FOR THE LATE START --- So much going on today that I got a little behind. Just catching up now. Bear with me. I'm blogging like crazy and writing for the newspaper as well.
F -- Jeff Green
F -- Nick Collison
C -- Johan Petro
G -- Kevin Durant
G -- Earl Watson
F -- Stephen Jackson
F -- Al Harrington
C -- Andris Biedrins
G -- Baron Davis
G -- Monta Ellis
Officials: Mike Callahan, Marc Davis and Kevin Fehr
PRE-GAME NOTES --- Chris Wilcox (dislocated right pinkie) plans to sit on the bench in his Sonics uniform. He's not playing, but as Wilcox put it: "Who knows, I might not ever get to wear this again." Sad, but true.
Coach P.J. Carlesimo talked at length during his pre-game address with the media about his plans for next season. He says the team will likely take incremental steps rather than attempt to make the worst-to-first leap like the Boston Celtics. Carlesimo said the Sonics have adopted the traditional model of building through the draft much like Portland, New Orleans and Atlanta.
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