Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Saturday, November 15th
Game 2: Monday, February 2nd

SuperSonics 98


Bulls 90

(4-7, 1-6 home)

    Coverage: WGN

    7:30 PM ET, November 15, 2003

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 24 28 26 2098
    CHI 27 24 19 2090

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Murray 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 4 Stl

    Chi: J. Rose 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast

    Bulls fall to 1-6 at home

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Until this season, Ronald "Flip" Murray was considered a throw-in as part of the high profile Ray Allen-for-Gary Payton trade between Milwaukee and Seattle.

    Brent Barry

    Brent Barry may be the most underrated shooter in the NBA.

    Now, through eight games, he's one of the NBA's top scorers.

    "Don't anybody really know me. You could say it's a surprise," Murray said Saturday night after leading the SuperSonics to their sixth win of the season, 98-90 over the Chicago Bulls.

    With Michael Jordan sitting at midcourt four rows off the floor and clapping for his former team, the Bulls couldn't contain Rashard Lewis, who led Seattle with 27 points, or Murray, who had 26.

    Jalen Rose led Chicago with 19 points as the Bulls fell to 1-6 at home.

    Seattle, playing its fourth game in five nights, made 13 of 27 shots from 3-point range, including five by Murray.

    Murray, who has scored at least 20 in seven of the Sonics' eight games, had 15 points in the third quarter, hitting four 4-pointers -- three straight at one point -- as Seattle went up by seven.

    "I had a lot of open looks, a lot of open shots. Fortunately I knocked some down," said Murray, who entered the season averaging 1.9 points.

    "I had a little rhythm going off double teams that got me open. We got more open shots in the second half. I believe we wore them down by running and filling lanes and having the floor open."

    When Brent Barry hit Seattle's sixth 3-pointer of the quarter and then fed Lewis for a dunk on a break, the Sonics pushed the lead to 10.

    The Bulls rallied within a point on Rose's jumper with just under six minutes left, but Calvin Booth hit a jumper, Jerome James converted a three-point play and Lewis took another pass from Barry for a layup and a 94-84 lead with four minutes to play.

    Not even the presence of Jordan, who visited the Chicago locker room after the game, could pump up the Bulls.

    "Yeah, you'd think it would inspire us. The greatest player ever. But it didn't," Chicago's Tyson Chandler said.

    Chicago's Lonny Baxter was ejected with 9:08 left in the second quarter after he was assessed a flagrant foul for hitting Seattle's Antonio Daniels in the face on a fast-break drive, knocking Daniels into the basket support.

    Game notes

    Vladimir Radmanovic added 19 for Seattle, which finished 3-1 on a tough four-game road trip to Milwaukee, Minnesota, Indiana and Chicago. ...Bulls guard Jamal Crawford, who took a horrifying spill and landed on his neck in Thursday night's game against the Timberwolves, is expected to miss at least two games. He didn't come to the United Center for Saturday's game because he is still stiff and the Bulls didn't want him sitting on the bench. All tests were negative and the injury, which came as Crawford fell over Minnesota's Fred Hoiberg, is being called a sprained neck. "Considering the blow he took, he's in pretty good shape," Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. ... Chandler, who'd missed four straight games with a bruised lower back, returned to action but didn't start. He scored 15 and had 11 rebounds. Cartwright also revealed that Eddie Robinson has a small fracture in his right thumb, but it doesn't prevent him from playing. ... Jordan got an ovation when he left his seat just before halftime and headed to a restaurant just off the floor. Before entering, he rubbed the head of former teammate and current radio commentator Bill Wennington and gave former Bulls coach Johnny "Red" Kerr a hug.

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