CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 31 (Ticker) -- Rashard Lewis and Vladimir Radmanovic teamed up to keep the Seattle SuperSonics perfect on their road trip.

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Lewis scored 27 points and Radmanovic matched a season high with 21 as the SuperSonics posted a 103-97 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

It marked the first meeting between the clubs and gave Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff a shot at the team he coached from 1985-90, including McMillan.

"We knew this team would be scrappy," said McMillan, who played for Bickerstaff for four years with the Sonics and was facing him as coach for the first time. "Any team that Bernie is coaching will come out and play hard and will be disciplined when they're on the floor. I knew that, I played for him."

Unfortunately for Charlotte, Bickerstaff had no answer for Lewis and Radmanovic. The tandem combined for 26 points in the first half to help Seattle build a 57-45 lead.

"We know that there is going to be somebody each and every night to step up and tonight it was me," said Radmanovic, who shot 8-of-12. "We don't care about scoring points; the most important thing is winning. We've been playing good basketball, stopping other teams and getting wide open shots."

After the Bobcats rallied behind Emeka Okafor and Primoz Brezec to tie the game after three quarters, the Sonics turned to their shooters in the fourth.

Radmanovic hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the period and had a key offensive rebound two minutes later, leading to a basket by Lewis and an 88-81 lead. The duo combined for 14 points in the fourth, including 10 during a 13-4 run to start the quarter.

"Charlotte had gained the momentum," Lewis said. "But (Radmanovic) came down with two big three's that really took the momentum from them. I think that really helped us from getting in a hole."

Radmanovic was 3-of-19 with just 10 points in his last two outings, including an 0-of-5 effort inside the arc.

Bickerstaff was visibly frustrated with the officials throughout the night, especially in the fourth when the Sonics were 8-of-10 from the line while the Bobcats did not attempt a free throw.

"I may be biased, but in my opinion, the 12 guys in that room that suited up tonight deserve better than what they got," Bickerstaff said. "They played against a great basketball team and they played well. But it appears when we got back in the game, that every play, whether it was a defensive play or an offensive play, (Seattle) got a second chance."

The Sonics have won the first two of five straight games on the road. Their next contest is January 3 against the Miami Heat, who have won 13 in a row.

"We definitely wanted to get off to a good start coming on this road trip," Lewis said. "It's going to help us be successful, knowing that we have to go to Miami, Orlando and Washington. It's always good to get your first two."

Okafor continued an impressive streak with a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds, recording his 18th consecutive double-double. The standout rookie shot 12-of-16, had two blocks and did not commit a turnover.

Despite his strong play, Okafor was quick to credit his opponents.

"They shoot the crap out of the ball," Okafor said. "Everybody on the floor. You think you have them, they swing it and swing it and then swoosh. They have good rebounders to gather the misses. Sometimes you're like, 'Man they must have the cheat code or something.' But we hung in there."

Brezec scored eight of his 22 points in the third quarter for Charlotte, which lost its third straight at home following a five-game winning streak at the Charlotte Coliseum.