Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Saturday, November 17th
Game 2: Friday, January 18th
Game 3: Saturday, January 19th
Game 4: Saturday, March 23rd

SuperSonics 90

(19-19, 7-13 away)

Nuggets 96


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, January 18, 2002

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 25 21 15 2990
    DEN 19 14 36 2796

    Top Performers

    Seattle: G. Payton 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    Denver: V. Lenard 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Bowen sends Nuggets on decisive 38-7 run

    DENVER (AP) -- The NBA has more talented players than Ryan Bowen but few who play as hard as the Nuggets' forward did Friday.

    Bowen had 12 points during a 38-7 run that helped rally Denver to a 96-90 win over the Seattle SuperSonics.

    Voshon Lenard and Avery Johnson each had 10 points during the flurry, which erased a 13-point deficit midway through the third quarter and produced an 18-point lead with 8:32 left.

    "Ryan Bowen was unbelievable," Nuggets coach Mike Evans said. "That is going to be Ryan Bowen's highlight film for his kids to watch -- diving over chairs and getting after it."

    Denver, which outrebounded the Sonics 55-33, outscored Seattle 36-15 in the third quarter, when it also enjoyed an 18-5 rebounding advantage.

    The hustling Bowen had back-to-back fastbreak layups and later leaped three rows deep into the seats to tip the ball to James Posey for a layup that tied the game, 61-61, with 1:38 left in the period.

    Bowen followed with a three-point play and Lenard a 3-pointer, and the Nuggets took a 69-61 lead into the final period.

    Lenard's 3-pointer, Bowen's steal and slam dunk, and Johnson's layup helped make it 81-63 with 8:32 to go.

    Payton's three-point play and 3-pointers by Lewis and Brent Barry helped Seattle cut it to 88-82 with 1:20 left. But Lenard pushed the lead back to nine on a 3-pointer with 33 seconds to go.

    "Bowen was everywhere," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "I was shocked to see the game turn around the way it did.

    "We got outworked in the second half. They were much more aggressive, creating easy baskets and outhustling us. They ran past us like a runaway train."

    Lenard finished with a career-high 27 points. Bowen had a career-high 18 points and career high-tying 12 rebounds, and Johnson also had 18 points. Zendon Hamilton also set career highs with 12 points and 16 rebounds.

    Bowen said the Nuggets "turned it around in the second half. Voshon hit everything, Zendon was playing hard and the hard work paid off. I had a lot of emotion tonight. It says a lot for the guys off the bench."

    Nuggets guard Nick Van Exel said Bowen "is a guy every NBA team would love to have because he's going to bring it. He's out there turning purple in the face, giving it his all."

    Gary Payton led Seattle with 25 points, and Rashard Lewis had 19.

    The win snapped the Nuggets' three-game losing streak, but Denver still has lost 12 of 15 games.

    Payton scored 10 points in the first quarter as Seattle took a 25-19 lead by the end of the period. Desmond Mason's fastbreak slam dunk capped a 10-2 run that gave the Sonics a 20-10 lead. Denver shot just 33 percent and committed five turnovers in the quarter.

    With the Nuggets shooting only 26 percent and having six more turnovers in the second quarter, the Sonics increased their lead to 13 points by halftime.

    Posey's basket and Lenard's 3-pointer trimmed the deficit to 25-24 early in the second quarter. The Sonics later used an 8-0 flurry, including Payton's jumper in the lane, to increase the lead to 12. They made it 46-33 at halftime on Lewis' 3-pointer.

    Two free throws by Vin Baker produced a 56-43 lead with 7:44 left in the third quarter, setting the stage for Denver's big surge. The Nuggets shot 61 percent in the quarter, compared to Seattle's 24 percent.

    Game notes
    The teams will meet again Saturday in Seattle. Since winning 103-93 in Seattle on Nov. 17, the Nuggets have lost 12 straight road games. ... Denver forward Antonio McDyess took part in his first full practice on Thursday, but there still is no timetable for his return from a knee injury. ... Seattle is 0-15 in games in which it has trailed entering the final quarter. ... Despite the loss, the Sonics are 10-5 in their last 15 games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 96
    FGM-FGA 33-77 (.429) 33-81 (.407)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 6-13 (.462)
    FTM-FTA 18-22 (.818) 24-31 (.774)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-33 20-55
    Assists 23 22
    Turnovers 13 18
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 1 5
    Fast Break Points 8 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Gary Payton Payton
    Points: 25
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Voshon Lenard Lenard
    Points: 27
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1