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
"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.
"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."
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.