Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/30

Game 1: Monday, December 30th
Game 2: Friday, January 3rd
Game 3: Sunday, March 16th
Game 4: Friday, March 21st

Nuggets 99


SuperSonics 101

(32-36, 19-15 home)

Coverage: FSRM

7:00 PM ET, March 21, 2003

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 OT T
DEN 22 20 27 22 899
SEA 18 21 24 28 10101

Top Performers

Denver: S. Williams 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

Seattle: R. Allen 38 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

Radmanovic, Allen help tarnish Nuggets in OT

SEATTLE (AP) -- If the Seattle SuperSonics have any hope of making the playoffs, someone has to share the scoring burden with Ray Allen.


Vladimir Radmanovic did his part with 17 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:14 to go in overtime, to help lead the SuperSonics to a 101-99 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

"I just wanted to do something more than I usually do,'' Radmanovic said. "Rashard (Lewis) didn't have a good night and somebody had to step up.''

Radmanovic's shot gave the Sonics a 100-97 lead.

"I think Vlade is a big moment player,'' Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "He wants to be the guy that has the ball late in the game and take the big shot.''

Denver cut the lead to 100-99 on two free throws by Juwan Howard, and that set up a strange ending.

With 2.4 seconds left in overtime, Brent Barry attempted to pass the ball inbounds so Seattle could run out the clock. As Barry looked for an open teammate, Denver's Nene Hilario was called for a delay-of-game penalty for leaning over the inbounds line -- sending Allen to the line and clinching the win.

"That call was the second time that happened to us,'' Denver's Marcus Camby said. "We're not getting any respect. It should have been 5 seconds, but I don't know what Nene did.''

Allen scored 38 points to lead the Sonics, with 27 coming in the second half. Allen hit 7-of-10 3-pointers.

"You have to tip your hit to Ray Allen,'' Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "He made some big-time shots. He made those 3s and kind of stuck the dagger in our back.''

Seattle shot 46.8 percent from the field and was 12-of-23 on 3-point attempts.

The Sonics desperately needed the win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They remain four games behind Houston and Phoenix for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Shammond Williams scored 22 points, Howard 20 and Rodney White 19 for Denver (14-55), which lost for the 18th time in 20 games.

Each team had a chance to win in regulation. With the score tied at 91 and 25 seconds left, Denver attempted to run down the clock and take the last shot. Radmanovic tipped a pass from Howard, and Allen snared the ball and the Sonics called a timeout with 9.1 seconds left.

After the timeout, the Sonics weren't able to get a good shot as Radmanovic's 3-point attempt at the buzzer was wide left.

Allen hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Seattle the lead 91-87 with 1:30 to play in regulation. White made a 3-pointer for the Nuggets with 38 seconds left to tie it at 91.

The Nuggets, who are an NBA-worst 4-32 on the road, made eight of their first nine shots to take a late 15-2 lead. The Sonics didn't quit, however, rallying with a 16-7 run of their own to end the first quarter trailing only 22-18.

The teams exchanged leads throughout with neither ever taking a double-digit advantage.

Game notes

The Sonics lead the season series with the Nuggets 3-1, including a 92-84 victory in Denver last Sunday. ... The Nuggets have the second-worst record in the league. ... Denver is 4-32 on the road, but the Nuggets are 3-7 on the road against Pacific Division teams. ... Denver is last in the NBA in scoring at 83 points per game.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 99 101
FGM-FGA 41-77 (.532) 37-79 (.468)
3PM-3PA 4-8 (.500) 12-23 (.522)
FTM-FTA 13-23 (.565) 15-19 (.789)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-44 7-29
Assists 27 21
Turnovers 17 12
Steals 7 8
Blocks 5 2
Fast Break Points 4 5
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 24 (0/0)

Top Performers

Shammond Williams Williams
Points: 22
Reb: 5
Ast: 9
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Ray Allen Allen
Points: 38
Reb: 3
Ast: 6
Stl: 1
Blk: 0