Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Tuesday, November 16th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 28th

SuperSonics 103

(7-1, 2-1 away)

76ers 95

(4-4, 3-2 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, November 16, 2004

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 34 19 24 26103
    PHI 25 30 17 2395

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Allen 37 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Phi: A. Iverson 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Sonics haven't lost since opener

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Wide open or contested, the Seattle SuperSonics hit 3-pointers from all over the court.

    Ray Allen scored a season-high 37 points, Rashard Lewis had 21 and Vladimir Radmanovic added 20, leading Seattle to its seventh straight victory, 103-95 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

    The Sonics are off to their best start since opening 10-0 in 1993. They haven't lost since dropping their opener to the Los Angeles Clippers by 30 points after going 2-6 in exhibition games.

    "Everybody stepped up and played their part," Allen said. "We had it working on all cylinders."

    Allen Iverson scored 26 and Kyle Korver had 14 for the Sixers, who had won three in a row.

    Seattle, which came in with an NBA-best 58 3-pointers, shot 18-of-39 from beyond the arc, tying a team record for 3s. Allen finished 12-of-24 from the field, including 7-of-12 on 3-pointers. Radmanovic went 6-of-11 on 3s.

    Antonio Daniels had 19 points off the bench for Seattle, which got 41 points from its reserves.

    "This team is playing the game the right way," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "We are getting play from our first and second units. We're getting solid play from 10 guys."

    Willie Green put Philadelphia ahead 72-64 in the third quarter with a dunk off a behind-the-back pass from Iverson that went around Allen. But the Sonics answered with 13 straight points to end the quarter, taking a 77-72 lead on consecutive 3-pointers by Lewis.

    Another 3 by Allen capped an 18-0 run, giving the Sonics an 82-72 early in the fourth. Overall, the Sixers went 6:30 without scoring before Iverson made a driving layup to cut it to 82-74.

    "They have way too much firepower from the 3-point line," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "They generally have four great shooters at once and they use the pick-and-roll well."

    After a three-point play by Samuel Dalembert cut the deficit to 92-85, Radmanovic's sixth 3 gave the Sonics a 10-point lead with 4:32 left. The Sixers didn't get closer than nine until the final seconds.

    "The game was ours to win. We just broke down," Iverson said.

    Both teams came out firing, combining to make 15 of their first 21 shots. Allen scored 12 of Seattle's first 14 points, hitting three 3-pointers in that stretch.

    The Sixers scored the last nine points in the second quarter to take a 55-53 halftime lead. Korver made an alley-oop pass to Dalembert for a dunk, then hit a 3-pointer to tie it.

    Seattle closed the first quarter by outscoring the Sixers 18-7 the last six minutes to take a 34-25 lead.

    "They have a lot of good shooters," Korver said. "Ray Allen is a great player, but you can't just focus on him."

    Game notes

    F Glenn Robinson rejoined the Sixers after being away for a family issue. Robinson, on the injured list, is unhappy he hasn't been traded. ... Sixers G Aaron McKie has a tear in his left shoulder. He'll be out at least another two weeks. ... This was the opener of a six-game, 10-day road trip for Seattle. ... Sonics F Danny Fortson returned after being suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for a flagrant foul last Friday night. ... Seattle has scored at least 100 points in six of its last seven games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 95
    FGM-FGA 36-77 (.468) 36-79 (.456)
    3PM-3PA 18-39 (.462) 6-22 (.273)
    FTM-FTA 13-21 (.619) 17-21 (.810)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-39 10-38
    Assists 25 21
    Turnovers 21 16
    Steals 8 11
    Blocks 1 2
    Fast Break Points 2 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 22 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 37
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 26
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0