Following one of the worst losses in franchise history, the Seattle SuperSonics hope to regroup Friday against the Miami Heat, owners of the NBA's worst record.

The SuperSonics (15-42) are coming off a 138-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. It was the most points allowed by any team this season, and the fourth-largest margin of defeat in franchise history.

Seattle allowed Denver to shoot 67.0 percent, also a league high.

"If no one is on the floor, it's hard to shoot the percentage they shot," Seattle coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We didn't defend at all."

The Sonics meanwhile shot just 36.3 percent and were outscored 38-4 on the fast break. Mickael Gelabale scored 16 points while Kevin Durant was 4-of-17 from the field for 16 points. He also had six rebounds.

Durant is leading all rookies with 19.2 points per game, but he's shooting 39.8 percent. He has averaged 16.0 points on only 29.8 percent shooting in Seattle's last three home games.

The Sonics, who have the fourth-worst record in the NBA, look to end their three-game losing streak against the Heat (10-45), whom Seattle beat 104-95 on Nov. 14 for its first win after an 0-8 start. Durant had 18 points in that game, while Heat guard Dwyane Wade recorded 15 off the bench in his season debut following offseason shoulder and knee surgeries.

Miami had hoped Wade's return would help turn around its season, but instead its free fall in less than two years since winning the 2006 NBA finals continued.

The Heat's latest attempt to win back-to-back games for just the second time failed Thursday in a 106-88 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat shot just 37.5 percent and never led, as Wade scored 18 points and Shawn Marion added 13 and 11 rebounds.

It was the second straight game Wade - averaging 24.4 points - was held below 20. He had 15 in Tuesday's 107-86 win over the Sacramento Kings, which snapped the Heat's 11-game losing streak.

Miami has lost 27 of its last 29, averaging only 92.0 points in that span. Coach Pat Riley said that without Shaquille O'Neal, whom Miami traded to Phoenix earlier this month, the Heat have been forced to adjust their offense.

"When you have a dominant guy like Shaq, whose presence is like a magnet, I don't care what kind of game you play," said Riley, whose team is 1-8 since the trade. "Eventually that guy's got his hand under the basket and he just forces you to throw it into him. But we don't have a post-up player, so you can't slow it down."

Miami has won four of its last six visits to Seattle after losing nine straight there.

Seattle is hoping to have Earl Watson and Luke Ridnour back on Friday. Watson missed his second straight game Wednesday with the flu, while Ridnour sat out the second half after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. Both are considered day-to-day.


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