Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

SuperSonics 92

(30-35, 13-20 away)

Nuggets 84


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, March 16, 2003

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 24 32 17 1992
    DEN 22 23 19 2084

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Lewis 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Den: J. Howard 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast

    Barry's 3 stems tide, Sonics pull out of tailspin

    DENVER (AP) -- Seattle's lead was down to one in the fourth quarter when Brent Barry did what he does best.

    Barry, a career 40-percent shooter from 3-point range, hit a critical 3 with 5:01 remaining, igniting an 8-0 run as the SuperSonics held off the Denver Nuggets 92-84 on Sunday night.

    "That shot took the breath out of them a little bit,'' Barry said. "It was a big momentum swing. If we miss that shot, who knows if they take the ball back down and score?

    "It's about time I made a shot from out there. It's been a long time since I've made a big one. That was probably the toughest shot I had all night.''

    Seattle coach Nate McMillan said Barry's shot "was really huge. We had maybe four or five possessions without a basket, and Brent was able to break the ice and get one to go in, which I thought really sealed the game.''

    Rashard Lewis scored 24 points and Ray Allen 20 as Seattle won for just the second time in six games.

    Juwan Howard had 22 points and eight rebounds for Denver.

    Seattle, which led by 13 points early in the third quarter, saw its lead whittled to one midway through the final period as Juwan Howard's 16-foot jumper, which beat the shot clock, made it 76-75 with 6:37 left.

    Predrag Drobnjak made a rebound basket, but Howard countered with another jumper.

    Barry then hit his big basket, starting the eight-point run. While Denver was missing five shots, Allen went 3-for-4 from the free throw line, and Lewis made a layup for an 86-77 lead with 2:19 left.

    Barry finished with 14 points and nine assists, and Vladimir Radmanovic came off the bench to score 12 -- all in the first half.

    Nuggets reserve Donnell Harvey had 13 points and seven rebounds.

    "The tone was set in the first half with our lackluster play,'' Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "We allowed them to come in here and score 56 points on us in the first half and shoot 58 percent from the floor. That put us behind the eight ball the entire game.''

    The Nuggets hadn't played in five days, but Bzdelik said, "We looked like a team that played four games in five nights. I expected us to be full of energy, and we were a step behind.''

    Seattle shot 59 percent in the first quarter and 57 percent in the second quarter en route to a 56-45 halftime lead.

    Denver missed its first six shots, and the SuperSonics jumped out to an early seven-point lead. Six straight points by the Sonics, including four by Radmanovic, put Seattle ahead 20-11. Denver scored the last seven points of the quarter to cut the deficit to 24-22.

    Radmanovic hit back-to-back 3-pointers during an 8-0 run that pushed the Seattle lead to 36-26 early in the second quarter.

    Drobnjak's two baskets and Lewis' jumper gave Seattle its biggest lead, 42-29. Denver trimmed the deficit to 42-37 with an 8-0 spurt, including three-point plays by Nene Hilario and Howard.

    But Allen hit a floater in the lane and Barry a fast-break layup as the half ended.

    Denver got within five points after a 10-2 spurt early in the third quarter, but Seattle inched its lead back to 73-64 as the period ended.

    Game notes

    Sonics center Jerome James sat out the game because of tendinitis in his right knee. ... Seattle lost to Golden State 94-88 at home on Saturday night. The Nuggets hadn't played since Tuesday. ... The Sonics swept the Nuggets in Denver for the first time since 1997-98 and just the fourth time in the series. ... Howard has led Denver in scoring in 33 of the last 40 games. ... Sonics rookie Reggie Evans had 11 rebounds, his second straight game with 10 or more rebounds, and also had a career-high four steals.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 84
    FGM-FGA 35-76 (.461) 34-78 (.436)
    3PM-3PA 5-19 (.263) 2-17 (.118)
    FTM-FTA 17-20 (.850) 14-22 (.636)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-40 13-43
    Assists 20 25
    Turnovers 13 13
    Steals 10 10
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 3 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Juwan Howard Howard
    Points: 22
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0