Not only was he fit to play at noon, however, he scored a career-high 50
points in Seattle's 124-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I felt sore when I woke up this morning," Lewis said. "I
wasn't really thinking about the points but more about by how much
we were up."
Lewis, who led the Sonics with 25 points in Thursday's 109-100
win, scored 26 points in the first half and nearly matched that
total after the break. His rousing effort helped the SuperSonics
sweep the two-game series at Saitama Super Arena.
"It just comes down to a lot of hard work over the summer,"
Lewis said. "I am one of the go-to guys on this team and it all
comes down to making the right decisions and not making bad
Lewis made 18 of 25 shots from the field, including going
4-for-7 from 3-point range, and was 10-of-13 at the foul line. His
previous career high was 37 points, set last season against
"Obviously, it was not a good game for us," Clippers coach
Mike Dunleavy said. "Rashard Lewis had an incredible game. We
tried to double-team him late but he got hot and stayed hot all
Seattle used pressure defense to force several turnovers and
open up a 17-point lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
"Defense was a big key," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "We
didn't play well defensively in the first half when we scored 66
points but gave up 58. We talked about that at the break and
improved a lot in the second half."
Los Angeles forward Elton Brand sustained a hairline fracture in
his right foot during the season-opening loss on Thursday and is
expected to be out four to six weeks.
Seattle made the trip to Japan without three-time All-Star guard
Ray Allen, who has an injured ankle. He was scheduled to have
surgery on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Marko Jaric made a 3-pointer to pull the Clippers within one
point late in the second quarter, but Lewis came back with two
3-pointers as the Sonics took a 66-58 lead at the half.
Seattle's high all last season in the first half was 63.
Unlike Thursday's game, both teams started quickly. Lewis scored
15 points, and the Sonics grabbed a 35-30 lead after the first
This is the sixth time the NBA has played regular-season games
in Japan, but the first since 1999 when Minnesota faced Sacramento
at Tokyo Dome.
Lewis set the mark for the most points in an NBA game in
Japan. Portland's Clyde Drexler scored 41 in Japan in 1994. Lewis
broke the mark with a fadeaway jumper with 7:08 left in the final