Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Sunday, November 14th
Grizzlies113Final
SuperSonics118
Game 2: Wednesday, November 24th
SuperSonics93Final
Grizzlies84
Game 3: Tuesday, March 29th
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Grizzlies99

SuperSonics 93

(11-2, 6-2 away)

Grizzlies 84

(5-7, 3-3 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, November 24, 2004

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 20 25 33 1593
    MEM 26 21 21 1684

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Lewis 27 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mem: B. Wells 10 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sonics pull away in third period

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Despite an off-target night from their shooters, the Seattle SuperSonics remained one of the NBA's winningest teams.

    Rashard Lewis scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Ray Allen added 20 points Wednesday as the SuperSonics defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 93-84.

    The win was Seattle's 11th in the past 12 games.

    Seattle, which never led in a poor-shooting first half, started connecting in the third period. The Sonics were 14-of-22, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, to build a 14-point lead.

    "I thought our guys responded well to an average first half," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "...I like the fact (we) really wanted this game. I saw that in the third quarter. (The Grizzlies) threw everything at us in the first half, but in the third quarter, I saw a team that just wanted to win."

    Memphis mustered a comeback early in the fourth, holding Seattle scoreless for more than five minutes. But Memphis could get no closer than 82-80 with six minutes left, as the Grizzlies shot only 2-of-11 in the final minutes.

    "There were many times we were point blank range in the paint," Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "You've got to get those shots. That was hard to handle.

    "I thought three quarters we played them terrific. One bad quarter, and they get the points up."

    With starters Pau Gasol (sprained right ankle) and James Posey (sore left foot) out, and reserve Stromile Swift wearing a patch to protect his scratched left cornea, Memphis was shorthanded.

    Luke Ridnour added 14 points for Seattle.

    Shane Battier, who suffered a cut above the left eye in the first half, led the Grizzlies with 12 points, while Lorenzen Wright, Bonzi Wells and Mike Miller scored 10 points each.

    "I don't know what happened," Battier said. "I thought we had good shots when we were down two points. If we make some of those shots down low, we put even more pressure on them, and maybe we go on a run at the end."

    Despite the tough first half, the Sonics stayed close, trailing 47-45 at the break. Seattle managed only 34 percent shooting, including Allen hitting only one of his seven shots.

    "I don't think we ever thought we were out of the game," Allen said. "It was a situation where they were playing tough, and we were trying to get out and get our second wind."

    Allen finished 4-of-15, hitting only one of his six shots from long range.

    The Grizzlies seemed in better shape early, making the best out of their makeshift lineup. Ball movement led to dunks, and Memphis pushed the ball in transition.

    But poor shooting in the final minutes of the half allowed Seattle to pull close.

    A dunk by Lewis to open the second half made it 47-47. Allen's bucket on the next possession gave Seattle its first lead. Seattle shot 9-of-11 in the first six minutes, building the advantage to 10.

    Seattle carried a 78-68 lead into the fourth period.

    Game notes


    Memphis coach Hubie Brown said here is no timetable for the return of Gasol, Posey or Swift. ...Battier's cut eyebrow came when he was caught by Reggie Evans' elbow while battling for a rebound in the second quarter. He immediately left the court. After getting six stitches to close the wound, he started the second half. ...Allen suffered a sprained left ankle with 9:35 remaining in the fourth, but returned about three minutes later.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SEA
    MEM
    Points 93 84
    FGM-FGA 31-76 (.408) 29-75 (.387)
    3PM-3PA 4-21 (.190) 2-13 (.154)
    FTM-FTA 27-32 (.844) 24-33 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-45 14-38
    Assists 16 20
    Turnovers 12 11
    Steals 3 3
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 1 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 24 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Seattle
    Memphis
    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 27
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Bonzi Wells Wells
    Points: 10
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1