Lewis, Allen Lead Sonics Past Wizards
Seattle 111, Washington 101
SEATTLE, Dec. 19 (Ticker) -- Leave it to Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen to get the Seattle SuperSonics back on track at home.
Lewis scored 30 points and Allen had 24 as the SuperSonics snapped a four-game slide at KeyArena with a 111-101 victory over the Washington Wizards, avenging a 41-point loss in the first meeting between the teams.
"We've been stumbling here at home against a lot of weak teams, so tonight we got to beat a team that beat us by 40 earlier in the year," Sonics coach Bob Weiss said. "And to get a win at home was nice. It's a win, and all wins are nice, but it feels good to clean that slate a little bit."
"It (the 41-point loss) doesn't bother me at all," Allen said, pushing aside talk of revenge. "I take every win as they come and I'm happy about them."
The Sonics' All-Star tandem responded. Lewis, who scored 20 of his 37 points in the first quarter in Friday's win in Portland, had 13 in the opening period and Allen had nine, capping it with a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 31-21 lead.
"He's a terrific player," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said of Lewis. "He hurts you from the (3-point line), he hurts you from the post. He's very dedicated to playing the game. You can see it out there."
Lewis was 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, spearheading Seattle's 11-of-21 (52 percent) effort.
"When I come out and knock down my first two or three shots, I know it's going to be a good night for me," Lewis said. "I know I am not going to miss very many shots that night because I am not the kind of guy who is going to take a lot of bad shots."
The duo had a combined 30 points at halftime as Seattle opened a 59-47 advantage and Allen buried a 3-pointer with 1:40 left in the third to put his club ahead, 80-72. He is one 3-pointer shy of matching Glen Rice for third place on the all-time list with 1,559.
The Wizards got within 97-92 on a free throw by Gilbert Arenas with 3:46 left, but Lewis fed Luke Ridnour for a 3-pointer and then scored six straight Sonics points for a 106-95 advantage with 1:51 to go.
"Sometimes you've got to battle complacency," Allen said. "I said in the huddle, 'Let's not turn the ball over in the fourth quarter and get some easy possessions.'"
Ridnour's three-point play and two free throws by Lewis sealed Seattle's first win in its last five games against Washington.
"What I really liked was how he iced the game in the last three minutes," Weiss said about Lewis. "We just went to him every time and he held it, and then went and got a good shot every time he did that. He played a great game."
Ridnour scored 15 points and had 10 assists and Vladimir Radmanovic made 4-of-4 3-pointers and had 14 points off the bench for the Sonics.
Radmanovic's performance came after he was benched for the entire game against Portland after demanding more playing time.
Arenas scored 30 points and Caron Butler added 19 off the bench, but the Wizards lost their sixth straight on the road.
"Losing is never easy and it is not something you want to become accustomed to," said Washington guard Antonio Daniels, who returned to Seattle for the first time since leaving as a free agent this offseason season.
Prior to the game, the Wizards learned that they have lost starting guard Jarvis Hayes indefinitely with a right patella fracture suffered in the first quarter of Friday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Antawn Jamison did little to pick up the slack and continued to struggle from the floor. He shot 2-of-12 and scored just four points and is 18-of-72 (25 percent) from the floor in his last five games.