SEATTLE, Feb. 12 (Ticker) --
The Seattle Supersonics finally earned a
quality home win and it came at the expense of the Toronto
Raptors, who had been playing well on the road.
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All-Star Ray Allen
and Rashard Lewis
combined for 45 points,
leading the SuperSonics to just their second home win in six
games, 94-74 over the Raptors.
"I'll take any win, it doesn't matter as long as the team wins,"
Allen said. "It looked easy, but it's never easy. You've got
to lay the groundwork during the game."
Rookie Luke Ridnour
had eight points and a career-high eight
assists for Seattle, which had lost seven of its previous nine
The game was decided in the second quarter, when the SuperSonics
turned a one-point deficit into a 45-32 lead. Allen scored
eight of his 23 points during a 20-6 run that spanned five
Toronto got no closer than 10 points thereafter.
"Luke really opened the game up for us in the second quarter,
pushing the ball, creating offense for himself and for the team
in transition," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "That was the
difference in the ballgame. When he got in there, the pace
picked up and he made some plays."
"We need as many wins as possible," Lewis added. "We're trying
to get into the playoffs the second half of the season. Every
team is going to be ready because they're playing for playoff
led the Raptors with 20 points, but All-Star
had 19 on 8-of-21 shooting. Toronto had won three
straight on the road and four of five overall.
"They hit shots, plain and simple," Carter said. "Their
transition offense was solid, and that got them going,
especially Luke Ridnour in the second quarter, but it's over
now. We have to go home, enjoy the break and come back and make
up for this game."
"We didn't have enough fight in us tonight to get back," Toronto
coach Kevin O'Neill added. "This team was wanting to win.
They had lost four of five at home and we didn't expend the
necessary energy to win."
Rookie Chris Bosh
returned to the lineup for the Raptors but was
held scoreless in 14 minutes. He missed three games with a
sprained left ankle.