Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/29

Game 1: Thursday, December 29th
Game 2: Sunday, February 12th
Game 3: Friday, March 24th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 19th

Nuggets 120

(28-25, 11-15 away)

SuperSonics 112

(20-31, 12-14 home)

6:00 PM ET, February 12, 2006

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 OT T
DEN 25 28 27 22 18120
SEA 20 29 25 28 10112

Top Performers

Den: C. Anthony 33 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Sea: R. Allen 34 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Anthony nets 33 as Denver downs Seattle in overtime

SEATTLE (AP) -- The defense dared Carmelo Anthony to shoot from the perimeter, yet he never stopped going to the basket. It paid off in the fourth quarter and overtime for the Denver Nuggets.

Anthony scored 33 points and was 15-for-17 at the free-throw line, leading the Nuggets to a 120-112 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday night.

Facing Seattle's young front court, the Nuggets continually tried to go inside. They found their way to the free-throw line 40 times, making 34, and outscored Seattle 34-17 at the line.

Two Sonics fouled out and two others finished with five fouls.

"We score to the basket. Sometimes I wish we could get the 3-point line taken off the court, it would probably make us a better team," Denver coach George Karl said.

Andre Miller scored seven of his 21 in overtime and added nine assists as Denver won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 23 and 25.

The Nuggets went the last 3:56 of regulation without a field goal, scoring their last 10 points of the fourth quarter at the free-throw line. They were 10-for-12 at the line in overtime.

Kenyon Martin had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets.

"We just kept attacking. We knew they were packing in the middle, but we kept attacking," Anthony said. "I took what they were giving me. I knew what they were going to do and I got a chance to get to the basket and get fouled."

Ray Allen led Seattle with 34 points, but scored just two in overtime. The Sonics could not make up for the absence of second-leading scorer Rashard Lewis, who was out with a right thigh injury.

Damien Wilkins scored 21 in Lewis' place, and Luke Ridnour added 15, but the Sonics lost for the fifth time in six games.

"It's hard, especially when the whistle gets a little sensitive. They were getting in our paint more than we would have liked them to," said Wilkins, who guarded Anthony most of the night.

Tied at 102 after regulation, Miller scored to start overtime. Allen answered with two free throws, but Seattle had two misses and two turnovers on its next four possessions.

Anthony split the lane for an emphatic dunk to put Denver up for good. Miller made a pair of free throws and after a Ridnour miss, Miller found Eduardo Najera wide open for a layup and a 110-104 lead with 2:07 left.

Ridnour scored, but Seattle's last chance ended when they turned the ball over for the 23rd time. Vladimir Radmanovic tried to force a pass inside to Robert Swift, but Najera stepped in front. Miller then made a step-back jumper over Ridnour with 48.1 left for a 112-106 lead.

Denver made eight free throws in the final 45 seconds.

"Most importantly, we were holding them to one shot," Anthony said.

Marcus Camby returned for Denver after missing Friday's win over Dallas with a lower back strain. He scored 12 points before leaving midway through the fourth quarter with a strained neck.

With 7:46 left, Camby took a charge from Mikki Moore and stayed down on the floor. He was helped to the Nuggets bench and had an ice pack on the back of his neck.

Denver missed a chance to win in regulation. With 10 seconds left, Miller penetrated and kicked to a wide open Greg Buckner, but his 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out.

Wilkins sent the game to overtime with a 17-footer over Anthony with 10.1 seconds left. The basket came after the teams exchanged turnovers in the final 30 seconds.

Allen made a 12-footer with 55 seconds left for a 100-99 lead, but Najera was fouled tracking down a Miller miss and made the first free throw. He missed the second and Miller grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled by Wilkins.

Miller made both for a 102-100 lead with 30 seconds left.

"It was hard to explain, but I didn't think we had any presence in there tonight," Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "We never got into a rhythm offensively. ... It was a struggle."

Lewis took a knee to the thigh late in the first quarter of Friday night's win over Atlanta and missed the final three quarters.

He was optimistic on Saturday of playing against the Nuggets, but the injury did not improve and coach Bob Hill held Lewis out with the hope of playing him Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Game notes

Seattle trailed by 10 in the third quarter, but went on a 18-5 run to take its first lead since the second quarter at 83-80. ... Martin made his first 3-pointer of the season with 11:13 left in the third quarter as the shot clock expired. He had missed his previous seven attempts. ... Seattle does not play at home again until Feb. 28. The Sonics have just four home games in February.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 120 112
FGM-FGA 41-84 (.488) 42-96 (.438)
3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 11-23 (.478)
FTM-FTA 34-40 (.850) 17-20 (.850)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-40 21-48
Assists 22 26
Turnovers 16 23
Steals 11 5
Blocks 5 7
Fast Break Points 28 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/1) 34 (0/0)
Largest Lead 10 5

Top Performers

Carmelo Anthony Anthony
Points: 33
Reb: 9
Ast: 2
Stl: 3
Blk: 1
Ray Allen Allen
Points: 34
Reb: 4
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 1