Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Sunday, December 14th

SuperSonics 104

(5-1, 3-0 away)

Bucks 99

(4-4, 2-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 12, 2003

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 25 26 27 26104
    MIL 18 33 25 2399

    Top Performers

    Seattle: R. Lewis 31 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Milwaukee: T. Kukoc 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Murray scores 20 after career night

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The 3-point shot helped the Seattle SuperSonics improve to 3-0 on the road.

    Rashard Lewis had 31 points and nine rebounds to lead Seattle to a 104-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, with the Sonics making four 3-point shots in a 4:11 span of the fourth quarter.

    "I think tonight we were somewhat lucky," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We know we are a pretty good shooting team and I think we depend on that too much. We always feel we can get ourselves back in the game or win a game by out-shooting teams. We have to change that train of thought."

    Lewis, the league's second-leading scorer, was 12-of-19 from the field. Vladimir Radmanovic added 22 points and eight rebounds, and Ronald Murray followed up his career-high 29-point effort Tuesday with 20 points.

    Michael Redd and Toni Kukoc each had 20 points to lead Milwaukee.

    "They did hit some big 3s, but we shot the ball so poorly," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "We just couldn't make any shots. We didn't shoot the ball well enough to win."

    Seattle shot 67 percent (10-15) from 3-point range.

    "We were clicking," Murray said. "We kind of struggled full court, but we got to hitting a lot of big shots down the stretch and that kind of opened up the game for us."

    Radmanovic's 3-pointer tied the score 87-87 with 6:50 remaining. After two free throws by T.J. Ford, Lewis and Brent Barry made consecutive 3-pointers to give Seattle a 93-89 lead. The SuperSonics led the rest of the way.

    Radmanovic added another 3-pointer to increase Seattle's lead to 98-93 with 2:39 left.

    The closest Milwaukee would get after that was three points, and the Bucks missed their final four 3-point shots.

    "It was just frustrating," Redd said. "We've just got to go back to the drawing board."

    Game notes

    Milwaukee was 5-of-23 from 3-point range. ... Milwaukee's Daniel Santiago had started the last four games at center until he was replaced by Joe Smith. ... Milwaukee is 0-3 against the West. ... Seattle won for the fourth time in five games in Milwaukee. ... Murray has scored at least 20 points in every game this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 99
    FGM-FGA 39-79 (.494) 36-95 (.379)
    3PM-3PA 10-15 (.667) 5-23 (.217)
    FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 22-26 (.846)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-43 20-51
    Assists 25 22
    Turnovers 12 10
    Steals 7 4
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 4 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 31
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Toni Kukoc Kukoc
    Points: 20
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1