Live From the Press Box - Sonics vs. Milwaukee
Live From the Press Box - Sonics vs. Milwaukee
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Sonics Blow Bucks Away
Final: Sonics 99, Milwaukee 72
It was never a game tonight as the Sonics crushed the Milwaukee Bucks at KeyArena, 99-72. It wasn't a start-to-finish victory, as Milwaukee scored the first two points of the game on an Andrew Bogut hook shot. That was the only lead for the Bucks. It's the fewest points allowed this season by the Sonics and far and away their best performance in terms of field-goal percentage allowed (33.0%, previously 38.6% against Atlanta on Dec. 5).
Milwaukee is obviously badly hampered by injuries, but the Bucks haven't been getting blown out that frequently. Of their six previous losses in seven games in the month of January, none was worse than 13 points. This was a season low in scoring for Milwaukee and the worst loss of the year for the Bucks. Milwaukee made just one three-pointer in 14 attempts. The Sonics had three reserves score double-figures and two players grab double-figures rebounds as they dominated the glass 53-40.
The Sonics will get their second straight weekend off before returning to KeyArena Tuesday to host the Denver Nuggets. It will be just the second time that Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony play together. Anthony is scheduled to return from his NBA suspension Monday when the Nuggets host Memphis. Get your tickets now to see AI and Carmelo test if two 30-point scorers equal wins for Denver.
Fashion Watch, Part 2
Fourth Quarter: Sonics 95, Milwaukee 66
First, Terry Stotts may be setting a record for timeouts called by a head coach before the last couple of minutes of a game. He's called almost every timeout Milwaukee has taken tonight.
Second, let's look around the arena again. If you couldn't tell from the photo we showed earlier, Eric Nelson and Michael Ferguson from Events & Entertainment are dressed as Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice tonight. At center court, PA Announcer Matt Pittman and Game Director Pat Walker are sporting great wigs and Walker even shaved his goatee into a moustache for tonight. Some more great wigs and sunglasses on the guys who got chosen to sit in the La-Z-Boy Couch courtside. And I love the fanny pack on one of the guys who has been featured on SonicsVision a couple of times tonight. I can only hope this '80s Night has been as much fun for fans as it has been for us in the Sonics & Storm offices.
End Third Quarter: Sonics 79, Milwaukee 51
Damien Wilkins finishes the third quarter in fitting fashion with a gorgeous up-and-under reverse layup with 0.2 seconds left to give the Sonics a 28-point lead.
Several Sonics legends on the court to be applauded by the crowd during this timeout. George Toles, the inaugural Sonics PA announcer who introduced the lineups before tonight's game; Assistant Coaches Tom Newell and Bob Kloppenburg, "The X-Man," Xavier McDaniel, UW legend Steve Hawes; and Russ Schoene are all in attendance. A bunch of those guys played on or coached for the 1986-87 Sonics team that went 39-43 and upset Dallas and Houston on their way to the 1987 Western Conference Finals.
As you may have seen, I chatted with many players and coaches from that team for an extensive oral history on that team that I think has some wonderful tidbits (my favorite being X's quote about Red Auerbach that he could either punch Red or prove him wrong when Auerbach disparaged the Sonics before the season; McDaniel added that Auerbach was too old to punch). In addition to that story, Cole Meier from our Graphics department put together a flash sideshow to go with Kevin Calabro's narration with his memories of 1987. Check them both out.
Sonics Pulling Away
Third Quarter: Sonics 71, Milwaukee 43
The Sonics are putting to rest any thoughts of a Milwaukee comeback. An 8-2 runback during some sloppy play has them ahead by 28 points. Nick Collison is the story for the Sonics. He's got 13 points and 14 rebounds. Could he possibly get 20 rebounds for the second time this month?
'80s medley for the Sonics Dance Team, which is wearing loose-fitting sweatshirts, long socks and really short shorts - a great '80s combination.
Third Quarter: Sonics 59, Milwaukee 37
Ruben Patterson took an extremely hard fall a moment ago when he was fouled by Micka