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Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen, two of the NBA's best scorers, continue to produce for Seattle. It's been strong defense, however, that has the SuperSonics winning lately.

The Sonics look to win consecutive home games for the first time this season when they face the struggling Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

Seattle (6-7) has won two straight after a three-game losing streak. The Sonics beat New Jersey 99-87 at home Monday night before a 95-85 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

Seattle is 2-3 at home, where it was allowing 106.3 points per game before its contest with the Nets.

``You can call it a win streak, we've got two,'' Sonics guard Luke Ridnour said. ``It's good for us. We've got a chance at home to get back to .500. That's all you can ask for.''

Lewis had 35 points and 13 rebounds, and Allen scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday for Seattle, which never trailed the Clippers.

``I've been in the league long enough to know what I have to do in order to help us win ballgames,'' said Lewis, who is 15th in the NBA in scoring with 23.8 points per game.

Allen increased his career point total to 15,844, passing Jack Twyman into 79th place all-time. Next on the list is ``Pistol'' Pete Maravich at 15,948. Allen is 10th in the league with 26.5 points a contest.

Seattle forward Danny Fortson, limited to just 6 minutes in Seattle's last six games because of a sore right knee, may be ready to play Friday.

The Kings (5-5) are in danger of losing four straight for the first time since last Dec. 14-26, when they dropped five in a row.

Sacramento has been struggling on defense after a strong start. Kings opponents are averaging 111.5 points in their last four games after five of their first six opponents failed to score more than 92.

After leading Utah 55-37 at halftime, Sacramento allowed a season-high 73 points in the second half of a 110-101 home loss on Wednesday night.

Swingman John Salmons, a key defensive player for the Kings, returned after missing three games with a right thigh contusion.

``He (defends) the (point guard, shooting guard, small forward) positions, and we've had him defend some (power forwards),'' Sacramento coach Eric Musselman said. ``We're glad he's back with us.''

Kings point guard Mike Bibby left Wednesday's game with a thigh contusion in the second quarter and tried to return in the second half, but only played three minutes. His status for Friday is uncertain.

Back spasms continue to bother Ron Artest, who did not start the second half but later entered the game after getting locker room treatment during the second period. He had 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Kevin Martin leads Sacramento in scoring, averaging 23.7 points per game.

The Kings won three straight against the Sonics last season after a 106-104 loss in Seattle on Nov. 20, 2005.


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