SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 1 (Ticker) --
Without their coach and star
scorer, the Seattle SuperSonics found a way to a win.
scored 24 points and Ronald Murray
season-high 23 as the SuperSonics posted a 106-101 victory over
the equally shorthanded Sacramento Kings.
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Seattle coach Nate McMillan
was in North Carolina for his
mother's funeral and leading scorer Ray Allen
missed his second
straight game with the flu. But the Sonics had enough at the
end to fend off the Kings, who again played without injured top
scorers Chris Webber
and Peja Stojakovic
"You know, this is not my team. This game tonight was for Nate
McMillan's family," Seattle acting coach Dwane Casey said. "I'm
so proud the guys came out and competed. That's what I thought
we lacked last night."
Without McMillan and Allen on Monday, the Sonics lost at home to
the San Antonio Spurs, 103-84.
It was a different story in this one as Seattle got a win in the
250th straight sellout at Arco Arena.
Murray scored nine points in the third quarter to help the
Sonics take an 82-75 lead into the final period.
"I know I had a bad game yesterday, but I didn't let that hold
me down," said Murray, who shot 5-of-17 and had five turnovers
in the Sonics' loss to San Antonio. "I told (my team) before
the game I was going to have a better outing tonight than what I
did last night. They believed in me, they put the ball in my
hands and I tried to make something happen."
Murray was held scoreless in the fourth, however, and Sacramento
rallied to take a 95-94 lead on Darius Songaila's
4:24 left. But Seattle got a tough layup from
three minutes later to grab the lead for good, 98-97.
That was followed by a short jumper in traffic by Lewis and
Seattle made all six of its free throws in the final 30 seconds
to seal it, snapping a four-game slide in Arco Arena.
"Rashard did a great job," Casey said. "He brought the team
together. He held them, he was their captain throughout the
night. He did a great job of rallying the guys together and
made sure they stayed together when things got a little frayed."
Radmanovic, Antonio Daniels
and Danny Fortson
combined for 39
points to lead a strong effort by Seattle's bench. Their
showing was made more important when starting center
was ejected in the third quarter.
In a game that required a strong performance by role players on
both teams, the Sonics' reserves outscored the Kings bench,
"You have to stop a team in order to win, especially in the
fourth, and that's what we did." Radmanovic said. "I know
Webber and Stojakovic aren't playing, but (Sacramento) is an NBA
team. Everyone can play, so you have to find a way to stop
scored 25 points and Songaila added a career-high 19
in place of Webber, but the Kings failed to prevail on the day
coach Rick Adelman
had his option picked up for next season.
"It was a disappointing loss," Adelman said. "The guys really
played hard, they just made some mistakes down the stretch and
it cost us the game."
Sacramento was further limited down the stretch when star center
fouled out with just under five minutes left.
Miller, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week,
matched a season low with four points on 1-of-6 shooting.
Bibby and Miller both picked up technicals in the third quarter,
when the Sonics outscored the Kings, 32-26.
"The only thing that was disappointing was we lost our composure
in the third quarter," Adelman said. "You've got to stay in
the game, and we can't have Brad (Miller) and Mike (Bibby) on
the sideline in a game like this."