SEATTLE, Jan. 23 (Ticker) --
After suffering back-to-back losses at home
for the first time this season, Rashard Lewis
and the Seattle
SuperSonics came out looking to make a statement against the Jazz.
Lewis matched a career high with seven 3-pointers and scored 36
points as the SuperSonics closed out a five-game homestand with
a 122-105 victory over the Jazz.
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layup reduced Utah's deficit to 109-101 with
3:39 remaining before Lewis hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark
a game-ending 13-4 run. Ray Allen
scored five of his 20 points
during the burst as the SuperSonics posted their fourth straight
victory over the Jazz.
"They're a good team, you have to give them credit," Harpring
said. "Their point guards are doing an excellent job of finding
the guy we are leaving open, and those guys are knocking the
shots down. I can't see them shooting that well every night.
That was a display."
Lewis hit 12-of-17 shots, including 7-of-8 from the arc. Seattle
shot a sizzling 59 percent (38-of-64) overall, sinking 13-of-22
scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half to
lift the SuperSonics to a 62-47 lead. He was 10-of-11 from the
foul line as Seattle made a season-high 33 free throws on 45
Daniels had been critical of the Sonics' overall effort in their
previous two games, but felt a lot better about Sunday's win.
"We are a much better team when the ball moves," said Daniels,
who had eight assists. "When the ball moves from hand to hand
and no one cares who shoots, Everybody gets their opportunities
to make plays and make shots, and tonight we knocked them down."
Lewis buried a pair of 3-pointers to give Seattle its largest
lead, 70-51, before Utah battled back.
scored eight of his 19 points and Carlos Boozer
added seven as the Jazz outscored the SuperSonics, 29-16, over
final nine minutes of the period while reducing their deficit to
just 86-80 entering the fourth quarter.
Seattle opened the final quarter with a 15-4 run, rebuilding its
lead to 101-84 lead with just over nine minutes to go.
hit a jumper to spark the run, Lewis added a
3-pointer and Nick Collison
scored seven of his nine points.
"They were able to find the right people and put it in the right
spot where they could make shots," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.
"And when they got them, they made them."
Utah's Andrei Kirilenko
scored 14 points and blocked two shots
in 14 minutes in his second game since coming off the injured
"We couldn't match up with them as well when Andrei had to go
out of the game," Sloan said. "We are only allowed to use him so
much and he can only go so long. That's what the orders are and
we don't want to do anything to jeopardize his career. He can
only go six or seven minutes at a stretch right now."
Boozer totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds for Utah, which
dominated inside, outscoring Seattle in the paint, 54-30. The
Jazz have lost four of their last five games.
Authorities at the Seattle Center received a bomb threat shortly
after the game, forcing KeyArena to be evacuated.