Monday, April 07, 2008

Denver & Seattle

120 - 103
138 - 96
168 -116

Those were the final scores of the previous three meetings between the Denver Nuggets and the Seattle Sonics this season. So when last night's game was to be televised on NBATV, I was justified in deciding to boycott watching a game I would otherwise be excited for in what is playing out to be the worst season in Sonic history. Besides, the NBA season is wrapping up, and fans of teams that are no longer in the running for the playoffs are actually rooting for their team to lose more games in order to increase their odds at a higher lottery pick to draft, say, a Derrick Rose. So, of course, this happens:

Maybe it was the start of something special between a pair of rookies with limitless potential.

In front of 13,104 fans at KeyArena who stood and cheered for the game's final 10 minutes as if it were a playoff, Durant drained a pair of clutch three-pointers and Green dominated on the perimeter and beneath the rim during a 151-147 double overtime victory that snapped a five-game losing streak and hurt Denver's playoff chances.

Both rookies finished with career-best scoring performances. Durant had 37 points on 11-for-24 shooting and Green sank 14 of 21 shots for 35 points.

--- Percy Allen, The Seattle Times

*sigh* Another night in the life of a poor Seattle Sonics fan.