ATLANTA, Dec. 30 (Ticker) --
Seattle SuperSonics coach Nate McMillan
couldn't pick a better place to start a five-game road trip.
scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half when
the SuperSonics built a big lead en route to an easy 94-79
victory over the Atlanta Hawks in a rare Thursday afternoon
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Coming off a home loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday night,
McMillan was hoping to start a stretch of five games in eight
days with a win over the Hawks, who have the worst record in the
Eastern Conference at 5-23.
"I thought we were pretty good, we came out sharp," McMillan
said. "There was some concern because of how we played against
Philadelphia and seeing how athletic the Hawks were on tape. I
thought we were pretty sharp from the start."
Despite the early starting time, the Sonics took control in the
second quarter and cruised the rest of the way. Lewis scored 10
points in the second quarter when Seattle outscored the Hawks,
"When I woke up to eat breakfast it felt real early so I came
down here early and it took me a long time to get loose, but I
did get it going," Lewis said.
was also a major factor in the first half, scoring
10 points and grabbing eight rebounds off the bench as the
Sonics went into the break with a 61-44 advantage.
"We have a very good bench," Collison said. "When we come in we
really do not lose much. We do this quite a bit."
A 3-pointer by Vladimir Radmanovic
late in the third quarter
capped a 10-1 run, giving Seattle its biggest lead at 84-61.
highlighted the spurt with six of his 20 points.
Allen and Lewis sat out most of the fourth quarter.
"He (Lewis) and I are the leading scorers on the team, but we
don't force the issue," Allen said. "We don't have to force our
points. We don't have to do it when it's so demonstrative."
The Sonics improved to 10-3 on the road and will play at
Charlotte, which owns the second-worst record in the Eastern
Conference, on Friday.
led the Hawks with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Rookie Josh Smith
added 10 points and seven rebounds.
"It's kind of frustrating when you have a losing record," Smith
said. "We can't dwell on that. We just need to lock in for the
Seattle made 9-of-17 shots from the arc, including three by
Allen, while Atlanta shot just 39 percent from the field.
The win completed a series sweep for the Sonics, who beat the
Hawks, 106-85, in Seattle on Nov. 5 as Allen scored 25.