SEATTLE, Jan. 18 (Ticker) --
Led by big man Marcus Camby
and little guy Earl Boykins
in overtime, the depleted Denver
Nuggets earned a rare road win.
Camby finished a dynamic first four quarters with a follow shot
in the closing seconds of regulation and Boykins broke out for
an NBA-record 15 points in overtime as the Nuggets posted a
116-110 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.
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Already without Kenyon Martin
, who was scratched with strep
throat, and a suspended Nene
, Denver was forced to dig deeper
when leading scorer Carmelo Anthony
suffered another sprained
ankle in the third quarter.
The gutsy victory came as no surprise to Nuggets interim coach
Michael Cooper, who improved to 3-7 at the helm.
"The team has been playing well but we just haven't come up with
complete games," Cooper said. "It was just good team
basketball. We beat a very, very good ballclub tonight, but I
think we are also good."
"Probably nobody would have given us a shot going in with what
happened to (Martin) and definitely when Carmelo went down,"
Camby said. "People probably thought it was over, but we kept
scrapping and guys made plays for each other."
Camby finished a tight fourth quarter with a free throw with 40
seconds left and a tip of DerMarr Johnson
's miss with 1.8
seconds left, forcing overtime and granting Boykins a second
chance to shine.
The 5-5 Boykins, who scored just three points in regulation,
made the most of it with an electric overtime. He hit
back-to-back 10-footers to start the extra period and made a
3-pointer with 3:27 left for a 102-97 lead.
"Earl's been great for us all season long," Camby said. "Every
time he shoots the ball I think it's going in."
Boykins was surprised to learn he had entered the NBA record
book and was even more pleased with his performance at KeyArena.
"I was overdue to play well here," Boykins said. "I have never
played well here in my career and I was aware of that. That's
one record I was aware of. I have never shot the ball well in
this building. I don't think I've ever scored 10 points (in
Seattle) and before the game I just wanted to play well for
The Sonics trimmed the deficit to 102-99 but Boykins had one
more outstanding sequence in him. He put on a dribbling display
before finding a cutting Andre Miller
for a layup and then
burned by Luke Ridnour
for a three-point play and a 108-99 lead
with 1:39 left.
Boykins made four more free throws and Miller finished a
30-point effort with two of his own as the Nuggets snapped an
eight-game road losing streak.
"If we play with great effort and energy like that then we are
capable of playing with anyone in this league," Boykins said.
"Tonight we did that."
Camby scored a season-high 25 points and matched a career high
with 24 rebounds, including a pair of hustle boards at the close
of regulation. It was the third 20-point, 20-rebound game of
Camby's career and his 24 rebounds were the most against Seattle
"Marcus is always big for us," Cooper said. "Anyone that can
close the middle down for us. He does so many things for us.
He is very vital for us and when he is shooting the ball out
there like he was tonight, that means he is a double threat for
Anthony sprained his right ankle with 10:55 left when he landed
on Sonics forward Nick Collison
's foot following a missed
jumper. It marked the fourth time this season he has suffered
such an injury. He is listed as day-to-day and will be
re-evaluated in Denver on Wednesday.
While Ray Allen
and Rashard Lewis
struggled, combining to score
34 points on 13-of-39 shooting, Seattle was picked up by
Vladimir Radmanovic, who scored 25 points and grabbed nine
Allen missed a long jumper at the fourth-quarter buzzer.
"I have had nights like this before, but I haven't had too many
of them," said Allen, who was 6-of-22 from the field and just
1-of-8 from 3-point range. "It's nothing I can put my finger on.
Everything I shot looked good when it left my hand but it
wouldn't go in."
Fellow reserves Danny Fortson
and Antonio Daniels
scored 20 and
16 points, respectively, for the Sonics, who had a four-game
home winning streak snapped.
"This was a tough game to swallow," Seattle coach Nate McMillan
said. "We made a lot of mental errors. I thought we were too
quick with the 3-point ball. We had an opportunity to win that
game. There were just too many errors and not enough
That lack of execution allowed the Nuggets to escape with just
their third win in 16 games and their first in three tries this
season vs. the Sonics.