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James, Fortson tossed from win

ATLANTA (AP) -- Ray Allen didn't like watching Jerome James and
Danny Fortson lose their tempers.

Allen scored 20 points and Rashard Lewis added 17 as the Seattle
SuperSonics overcame the ejections of James and Fortson to beat the
Atlanta Hawks 94-79 Thursday.

"We're beating them by 20, then that's not a game where we can
screw around and screw off the last quarter," Allen said. "We
have to get better for tomorrow night. And those big guys have to
understand what's happening."

The Sonics improved to 21-6, including 10-3 on the road.

Official Bob Delaney ejected James after giving the center his
first technical foul with 7:14 left in the third quarter. James,
called for an offensive foul, appeared to use an expletive as he
looked at Delaney.

"I think they were just having a bad day and decided to call
some crap on us," James said of the officials.

With 6:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, Fortson complained
about contact on Seattle's offensive end and was tossed by Delaney.

"Officials are going to make calls, and you're not going to
change it," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We've got to be
smarter than that, not allow that to creep into a good game. I'll
stand up when I feel we're playing aggressive, playing right. But
in a situation like that, there's nothing you can do. I know we
know better."

The Hawks, who dropped to an Eastern Conference-worst 5-23, have
lost eight of nine. Antoine Walker led Atlanta with 19 points and
11 rebounds.

"Our defense -- we just can't trade buckets," Hawks coach Mike
Woodson said. "Early, we were trading back and forth, and they
just got in a rhythm, but we then we couldn't make shots and they
got the cushion they needed."

McMillan called a timeout soon after James' ejection when the
Hawks drew within 13 on Walker's tip-in. Allen responded with a
3-pointer from the right wing that began a 15-5 run, including a
bank shot over Walker on a fast break.

The run ended with 1:19 left in the third on Vladimir
Radmanovic's 3-pointer for Seattle's biggest lead, 84-61.

Allen, who entered with a 24.2 scoring average that ranked sixth
in the NBA, put the Sonics ahead to stay with a 3-pointer at the
4:32 mark of the first quarter.

"He is one of those guys that you never really take him out of
his game because with his confidence, he's always going to shoot
the ball," Atlanta's Al Harrington said. "A lot of the shots he
took were uncontested, and he made them."

Reserve Nick Collison pulled down 11 rebounds for Seattle. With
Antonio Daniels adding 11 points and Collison 10, the Sonics
reserves outscored Atlanta 35-23.

Game notes
Before the NBA released its 2004-05 schedule, Atlanta
spokesman Arthur Triche said the team requested a 2 p.m. tipoff so
the team could take advantage of school being out and draw bigger
crowd. The Hawks, who held a promotion for family pricing,
announced 13,336 tickets sold. ... Daniels fell hard to the floor
after Tyronn Lue fouled him. Daniels remained in the game. ... The
Sonics are 6-2 in their last eight games against Atlanta. ... Hawks
G Kenny Anderson didn't play for the first time this season. ...
James had three of his five turnovers in the third quarter. ...The
Sonics play at Charlotte on Friday.