SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 27 (Ticker) -- Rashard Lewis
and the Seattle
SuperSonics began a difficult five-game stretch with a
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Lewis scored 22 points as the SuperSonics snapped an eight-game
losing streak at the Delta Center with a 98-88 triumph over the
added 19 points for Seattle, which was beginning a
stretch of four games in five days. The Sonics, who improved to
20-5 this season, had not won here since posting a 104-96
victory on February 1, 2000.
"We haven't won here in a long time," Sonics coach Nate McMillan
said. "I thought we did a good job of keeping the poise
The Sonics held just a 73-72 edge entering the fourth quarter,
but Allen began the period with a dunk and Ronald Murray
pair of free throws to open a five-point cushion. Seattle led
by at least three points thereafter.
"Whenever we had things going our way, I thought we just kind of
fell apart," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan
said. "We couldn't sustain
any energy to continue to do what we wanted to do. ... We were
really lost with what we were trying to do."
The Sonics opened a 91-79 advantage on a pair of free throws by
with 4 1/2 minutes left, and after Utah scored six
straight points, Murray and Vladimir Radmanovic
each sank a
pair of free throws to make it 95-85 with 53 seconds to play.
scored 22 points to pace the Jazz, who are 3-11
since losing star forward Andrei Kirilenko
to a knee injury.
"It's real difficult to play against teams with this kind of
athleticism," Jazz guard Kirk Snyder
said. "Andrei and Lewis
are the same size and same position, so that's a big problem
with him out."
With Kirilenko not there to get his hand in Lewis' face, the
Seattle forward connected on 4-of-7 3-pointers and grabbed six
"Kirilenko is so long, he creates all sorts of problems," Allen
said. "Rashard took advantage of him not being there tonight."
Utah held a 66-58 lead in the third quarter but could not
sustain it against Seattle's zone defense.
"I thought we were playing slow," McMillan said. "We were
playing at their tempo. We allowed it to become a halfcourt
"They changed defenses on us and it took us a while to figure
out what was going on," said Jazz guard Raja Bell
, who scored 16
points. "We didn't execute well against it. It was tough."
Utah also was sloppy with the ball, committing 26 turnovers.
Seattle had just 15 giveaways.
had a big game inside for the Jazz, scoring 16
points and pulling down 14 rebounds, but he committed eight
"We just didn't take care of the ball," Bell said. "That's
mental errors -- costs you ballgames."