SEATTLE, Feb. 5 (Ticker) --
Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis helped the
Seattle SuperSonics re-establish their home dominance.
Allen scored 14 of his 25 points and Lewis added 10 of his 18 in
the first quarter as the SuperSonics opened a big lead before
cruising to a 113-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
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At 17-6, Seattle owns the fourth best home record, but had
dropped three of its previous four here, but never trailed in
Lewis and Allen opened the game with consecutive 3-pointers as
the Sonics jumped to a 10-3 lead 4:30 into the first quarter.
Ninety seconds later, Allen scored six points in a 10-2 spurt
that pushed the edge to 22-11 with 3:35 on the clock.
Vladimir Radmanovic scored 12 of his 23 points in the second
quarter as the Sonics all but sealed the victory. He hit a
3-pointer with just over six minutes left that ignited a 15-5
run, which was capped by Luke Ridnour's short jumper that made
it 61-37 with 2:15 to go.
Melvin Ely set a career high for the second consecutive game
with 22 points for Charlotte, which got no closer than 13
Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds for Seattle. He
became the first Sonic to grab at least 20 boards since Shawn
Kemp accomplished the feat December 12, 1995.