The unofficial box score from tonight's game and PopcornMachine's GameFlow.
After nearly shooting the Sonics out of the game in the first half, Ray Allen kept the Sonics in the game the second half, especially the final quarter. Unfortunately, yet another of those almost-yet-not-enough games that results in a Sonics "L". Chris Wilcox had an excellent first half, but disappeared for a large portion of the second half. Nick Collison again came to play putting together another rock solid game. And Mickael Gelabale - man I'm really liking his game, he along with Collison provide so many of the little things that are easily missed. The ugly is the PG play, especially on offense, but at times at both ends of the floor. 11 points (5 of 17 from the floor, 1-2 FT's), 10 assists and 5 turnovers is not the output the Sonics need from their PG tandem if they are going to win many games without Rashard Lewis.
The key difference in this game was getting to the free throw line. The Sonics don't have a player who is either willing or able to take it to the rack hard on a regular basis from the perimiter to draw the fouls. The Sonics interior players aren't making moves to blow by a defender on the block forcing a foul on a switch or catching a player out of place. It is a glaring weakness on this team.
Marcus Camby has slowly become my favorite Nugget player. In spite of his career long string of injuries, the guy has continued to improve his game, and he really fits well into what George Karl is doing in Denver.
|E. Najera||DNP - Quad Injury|
|D. Fortson||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|R. Lewis||DNP - Hand Injury|
|M. Wilks||DNP - Coach's Decision|
Officials: Leon Wood, Ron Garretson, Tony Brown
Nick Collison led the Sonics at +7 and was followed by Ray Allen at +6. Gelabale was +4 and Wilcox was +1. Johan Petro was -17, and Earl Watson was -11. For the Nuggets Nene was +13 and the "Nuggetcollector" Reggie Evans was -13.
Help Value (hv=Reb+Ast+Blk+Stl-TO)
Chris Wilcox led the Sonics at +16. Nick Collison also had a strong showing at +12. Marcus Camby was +16 for Denver.