Kevin Pelton, SUPERSONICS.COM
| July 19, 2007
An unlikely pairing lifted the Seattle SuperSonics to their first win of the summer Thursday, as they defeated Chicago 94-87 to even their Rocky Mountain Revue record at 1-1 and improve 1-6 in 2007 summer-league play.
Centers Johan Petro and Mouhamed Sene, first-round selections by the Sonics in 2005 and 2006, respectively, started together and had their best games of the summer to lead the Sonics to victory. The combination, which played 57 minutes together all of 2006-07, totaled 35 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks. The Sonics also got 22 points apiece from No. 5 overall pick Jeff Green and rookie free agent Quinton Hosley in their best offensive effort of the summer.
Lewis leads the summer Sonics.|
It was Hosley, undrafted out of Fresno State before joining the Sonics for the Revue, who got the team off to a fast start. He scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Sonics built an early nine-point lead and took a four-point advantage after one quarter. They never trailed, but the Bulls rallied to make things interesting before the Sonics made the key plays down the stretch to earn the victory.
Petro and Sene, who were inconsistent in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, played big roles for the Sonics Thursday. Petro scored 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting, and his 14 rebounds and four assists both surpassed regular-season career highs. Petro added three blocked shots. Sene had his best scoring outing in a Sonics uniform, finishing with 15 points and making seven of his 12 shot attempts. He grabbed six rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.
Guard Will Blalock, like Hosley playing just his second game with the Sonics after joining the team in Utah, ran an offense that shot 53.6% from the field and committed but 10 turnovers. Blalock had nine assists in 25 minutes of play. Some of those came to Green, the team's go-to scorer now that fellow top-five pick Kevin Durant is back in Las Vegas for training camp with the U.S. Men's Senior National Team. Green scored 20-plus points for the third straight game, racking up 22 on 8-of-17 shooting. Green handed out five assists without committing a turnover. Hosley was equally as good, hitting eight of his 10 shot attempts.
While Sonics summer Head Coach Ralph Lewis worked his starters hard, he got atypically strong production from the bench, particularly at guard. David Jackson and Jermaine Jackson scored six points apiece.
Guard Thomas Gardner led the summer Bulls with 21 points, while D'or Fisher added 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Sonics wrap up the Rocky Mountain Revue Friday and their summer action Friday, facing Dallas.