The Seattle SuperSonics are about to get one star back, but will need to get by without another one.

The SuperSonics expect to have Ray Allen back and hope he can help them avoid matching their longest losing streak in nearly 18 years when they host the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors at KeyArena on Saturday.

Losers of six straight, Seattle (10-17) hasn't dropped seven in a row since March 25-April 6, 1989. The expected return of their leading scorer after a nine-game layoff with a bruised ankle may help.

While Allen and his 25.3 points per game may be back, the Sonics will have to get by without their second-leading scorer. Rashard Lewis - averaging 21.9 ppg - underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right ring finger on Friday and is expected to miss two months.

Lewis suffered the injury when his fingers were caught in the net while attempting to block a shot early in the first quarter of a 103-95 loss to Dallas on Wednesday. Despite Lewis' absence, Seattle managed to build a 56-45 halftime lead, but were outscored 58-39 in the second half to end a four-game home win streak.

``I couldn't be prouder,'' Seattle coach Bob Hill said. ``They fought tooth and nail for a long time. We got great effort from everyone who stepped on the floor.''

Luke Ridnour had 21 points and nine assists. Earl Watson and Chris Wilcox each added 18 points.

The Raptors (12-15), looking for their third win in a row, are the surprise division leader in a very weak Atlantic. Toronto leads New Jersey by one-half game and has a one-game lead over both New York and Boston. Philadelphia owns the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 6-19, but only are five games back.

The Raptors won another close game Friday, beating Portland 101-100 in overtime to end the Blazers' five-game winning streak. T.J. Ford scored the first nine points in the extra session, then found No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani for the winning basket with 3.5 seconds to play.

"The ultimate goal was to drive and if I had a shot, I had a shot, but someone helped (on defense) when they shouldn't have,'' said Ford, who hit the game-winning shot in a 98-96 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday and is second on the team with 15.1 points per game.

The Raptors have played eight straight games without Chris Bosh, sidelined because of a bruised left knee. Bosh helped the Raptors' end a four-game skid against Seattle when he scored 29 points in their 121-113 home win on Jan. 20.

Lewis' 25 points led Seattle, which holds a 13-7 edge in the all-time series.

The teams will meet again for the final time in the regular season on March 11 in Toronto.


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