SEATTLE, Nov. 7 (Ticker) --
The Seattle SuperSonics snapped a
seven-game losing streak to the San Antonio Spurs behind a total
scored 27 points and Danny Fortson
chipped in 15
and 13 rebounds as the SuperSonics held Tim Duncan
in check in a
113-94 rout of the Spurs.
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netted seven points and Lewis six in a 19-7 burst that
closed the first quarter. Seattle led 25-19 after 12 minutes
and never trailed thereafter.
When the Spurs, who lost for the first time in three games this
season, got within 87-77 with 5:58 to go, the Sonics closed the
contest with a 26-17 spurt.
Lewis, who was bothered by a left foot injury during the
preseason, is averaging just under 25 points per game through
Seattle's opening three contests.
The win was the first for Seattle over San Antonio since March
29, 2002. The Spurs won all four meetings between the teams by
an average of more than 11 points per contest.
"Seattle played really fine basketball," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich
said. "They played hard basketball. They outplayed us
every way that a team can outplay somebody. Fortson was super on
the boards, but everybody played well. They played smarter
than we did and they deserved to win the game."
Popovich did not mince words about his team's effort.
"They wanted the game much more than we did," he added. "I
thought we played like we assumed we would win the game. It was
very disappointing. I thought we played soft. I thought we
played with an arrogance and it was a very disappointing loss in
and Manu Ginobili
scored 21 points apiece for San
Antonio, but Duncan was held to 17 on 4-of-16 shooting.
"A lot of guys don't like to have a hard body against them,"
Fortson said of his approach to dealing with Duncan. "I know I
don't ... but you have to be in an attack mode and I did that
"It was just a bad day," Duncan said. "All they did was stay in
front of me and I didn't make shots. We played very badly. I
do give a lot of credit to them because they played well, but we
can play a thousand times better than we played tonight."
San Antonio, which was coming off a convincing win over the
Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday, led 12-6 just over five minutes
into the contest. But a basket by Allen ignited an 11-2 run.
After a basket by Malik Rose
with 3:15 remaining in the quarter
got the Spurs within 17-16, Vladimir Radmanovic
Seattle, igniting a 8-3 burst that closed the quarter.
Allen opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer and a jumper
and San Antonio never got closer than five the rest of the game.
The Spurs trailed by as many as 21 in the game's final
Even with Ginobili making 7-of-12 shots, San Antonio's starting
five combined to shoot 39 percent (23-of-59). The Spurs also
committed 20 turnovers.
"Tonight, I thought Danny Fortson did what he does best,
especially on the boards on both ends of the floor," Seattle
coach Nate McMillan
said. "He did a good job of keeping Tim
Duncan out of the paint. I thought it was a very good effort
coming off the bench. You have to give credit to our defense
and our bigs. I thought defensively we came to work. I thought
this team tonight outworked San Antonio."
"My type of play is that I'm going to eat up the boards when I
am out there," Fortson said. "That's where I'm at, I'm under the
basket. Right now I just want to stay focused and help the
team win games."
Seattle shot 51 percent (39-of-77), including 6-of-13 attempts
from the arc, and missed just four of 33 free-throw attempts.