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Murray scores 23; Lewis strains shoulder

12/14/2003

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics' latest victory may have
come at a high price.

Ronald Murray scored 23 points and rookie Richie Frahm added a
career-high 17, leading Seattle to a 108-102 comeback victory over
the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

Seattle's leading scorer, Rashard Lewis, played just three
minutes in the second half after straining his left shoulder in the
third quarter. He finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 25
minutes.

The slightly built 6-foot-10 Lewis has been bothered by
left-shoulder injuries during his six-year career in Seattle. He
did not miss any games last season, but sat out two playoff games
in 2001-02 because of a partially dislocated left shoulder.

"I probably could have gone back in," said Lewis, who is
averaging 19.8 points in 20 games.

Lewis said he was injured going for a rebound and had some
soreness after the game.

"I had my left arm extended all the way up. I didn't even get
hit that hard," said Lewis, who might have an MRI on Monday.

"The trainer told me if it's real sore in the morning, we'll
get an MRI and look at it and see if there's anything wrong with
it."

Injured star Ray Allen hasn't played this season, and Sonics
coach Nate McMillan doesn't want to have to play games without his
two best players.

"Even with Rashard, even with Ray, we have to play team ball,"
McMillan said. "We have to play together. Losing Rashard today,
those guys came together defensively and scrapped. We had a
combination out on the floor that we haven't played all season
long."

With Lewis sidelined for most of the second half, Murray and
Frahm stepped up, and Vladimir Radmanovic added 17 for the Sonics,
who rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit.

Murray, averaging 19.3 points as Seattle's second-ranked scorer,
has been used off the bench in recent games as McMillan has gone
instead with Brent Barry and Antonio Daniels as his starting
backcourt.

"He said before the year that he was going to go with different
combinations," Daniels said of McMillan. "So we never know who's
going to be out there."

Frahm, who scored 1,621 points in a Gonzaga career that ended
three years ago, made the Sonics' roster after failed attempts with
Utah, Miami and Portland.

He scored his 17 points in front of his former college coach,
Mark Few, whose Bulldogs beat Missouri at the Key Arena on
Saturday. Few was seated near courtside.

Michael Redd had 27 points, and Tim Thomas -- playing for the
first time after missing nine games with a sprained left ankle --
scored 19 for Milwaukee. Rookie point guard T.J. Ford added 17 for
the Bucks.

"It was good, very good to get back," Thomas said. "I'm not
where I want to be, but I play hurt all the time."

Playing his first game in Seattle since the Sonics traded him to
the Bucks last season, Desmond Mason had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

"It definitely feels a little bit weird, but it was a good
feeling to get out there," Mason said. "It was good to see the
guys (the Sonics' players) again."

The score was tied at 85 when rookie Luke Ridnour sank a 7-foot
bank shot to start a 6-0 run that put Seattle ahead 91-85 with 7{
minutes left.

Radmanovic's 20-footer with 1:12 on the clock gave the Sonics a
102-93 lead.

The Sonics took a 73-69 lead in the third quarter on a 3-pointer
by Radmanovic, a 15-footer by Frahm on a fast break, and an
18-footer by Radmanovic. They led 83-80 heading into the fourth.

The Bucks took a 39-23 lead in the first quarter -- their most
points in a quarter this season and the most points the Sonics have
given up. The Bucks got 13 points from Redd and 12 from Thomas in
the period, shooting 15-for-22.

Milwaukee stretched that advantage to 18 points, but Seattle cut
it to just 61-57 at halftime. Murray led Seattle's comeback with 13
points in the second quarter.

Game notes
The Sonics still don't know when All-Star G Allen (right
ankle) will return to practice. "I don't think it will be this
week," McMillan said.