CHICAGO, March 15 (Ticker) -- Rashard Lewis
and Reggie Evans
the Seattle SuperSonics another enjoyable visit to the Windy
Lewis scored 30 points and Evans grabbed 19 rebounds as the
SuperSonics came back from a 15-point deficit for a 99-93
victory over the Chicago Bulls.
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Seattle, which lost to Chicago at home on Friday, split the
season series and won its seventh straight game at the United
Center. Chicago (32-29) fell two games behind Cleveland in the
race for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
made a running one-handed shot and was fouled by
with one second remaining in the first half. He
followed up his missed free throw with a layup as time expired
to give the Bulls a 57-46 halftime lead.
"The first half was a combination of things that had been
happening to us, like turnovers and not containing the ball,"
Seattle coach Nate McMillan
said. "In the second half, we came
Evans had 12 rebounds in the third quarter and helped spark a
25-6 run that included 15 straight points. The SuperSonics went
in front when Ray Allen
hit a jumper with 2:26 to go for a
"The rebounds are just a challenge for me," Evans said. "In the
third quarter, we needed some energy and Luke (Ridnour
) and I
just got it going."
Chicago missed 10 straight shots over the final 6:50 of the
third quarter and was held to 12 points in the period.
"I thought they got tired," Allen said. "We kept bringing in
fresh bodies. We have guys who can score and (the Bulls) got
Lewis scored eight consecutive points in the final period,
capped by a jumper with 5:53 remaining to put the SuperSonics in
front, 84-77. Antonio Davis
brought Chicago within 95-93 on a
runner with 25 seconds to go, but the Bulls got no closer.
"That was disappointing," Chicago coach Scott Skiles
came out early in the second half, took control, then we just
let them back in."
Allen scored 17 points for Seattle, which had a 51-43 rebounding
edge and raised its road record to 22-8.
"We are still growing as a team," Allen said. "At times, we
surprise ourselves with the things we do, like when we rise from
the ashes when it looks like we are down for the count."
scored 21 points and fellow rookie Andres Nocioni
added 15 for Chicago, which had five players in double figures
but failed in a bid to sweep Seattle for the first time since
"We just did not play our best ball," Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich
said. "They are a good team and you have to bring your best
game when you play a team like that."
The Bulls were charged with 37 fouls, a United Center record for