Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 2/8

Game 1: Tuesday, February 8th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 23rd
Game 3: Friday, April 15th

Hornets 91

(8-40, 2-25 away)

SuperSonics 108

(33-13, 18-6 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:00 PM ET, February 8, 2005

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 22 21 21 2791
    SEA 26 23 30 29108

    Top Performers

    NO: C. Jacobsen 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sea: R. Allen 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast

    Sonics manhandle Hornets on the boards

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Ray Allen of the Seattle SuperSonics is more excited about teammate Rashard Lewis' first All-Star selection than he is over his fifth.

    Allen scored 26 points and Vladimir Radmanovic added 18 points off the bench, leading the Sonics to a 108-91 victory over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

    Allen jumped on Lewis' back in congratulating him when he got the news at Tuesday morning's shootaround.

    "I was so excited for him," he said. "I can contain my own enthusiasm for my own situation, but it's great to see him the first time, which is the toughest time."

    Playing in his second game since missing two contests with a bad case of the flu, Allen played 36 minutes and shot 11-for-17, including a 3-pointer. Radmanovic made four 3-pointers.

    Allen still isn't 100 percent.

    "I'm still sucking wind a little bit," said Allen, who was coughing in the locker room after the game. "I was even worse yesterday. But I like the feeling because I feel like I'm really working and I've got to work extra hard."

    Luke Ridnour had 16 points and seven assists, Lewis scored 10 on 4-for-13 shooting, and Reggie Evans pulled down 14 rebounds for the Sonics, who outrebounded the Hornets 41-28.

    Lewis reportedly got a $1 million bonus for making the All-Star game for the first time. He did not talk to the media at the Key Arena before or after the game.

    Allen said he wasn't sure if Lewis would be chosen for the Feb. 20 game in Denver.

    "I was nervous that he wasn't going to make it," he said. "We knew he played well enough to make it, but there are a lot of players in the league who are playing well, too."

    Evans had a career-best 21 rebounds in his previous start, a victory over Charlotte on Saturday night at home. The undrafted third-year forward from Iowa feels like he's having an All-Star season, too.

    "To be honest with you, I feel like I'm an All-Star right now," said Evans, the team's leading rebounder. "Ray made it, Rashard made it and I feel like I made it, too."

    Casey Jacobsen led the Hornets with a career-best 21 points off the bench. Dan Dickau, former Gonzaga star, returned to his home state and had 17 for New Orleans on 6-for-20 shooting.

    "The shots were there, but I just didn't knock them down," Dickau said. "There were four or five I can think of that felt good, they just didn't go in and lately I've been hitting those shots. So that's the frustrating thing of it."

    With their third straight victory and sixth in eight games, the Sonics (33-13) expanded their lead in the Northwest Division to 10½ games.

    "It took us a little while to get going," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "It seemed like we were just moving in quicksand."

    The Hornets, who have the worst record in the NBA (8-40) and are now 2-25 on the road, lost their sixth in a row. They also have ad losing streaks of 11, 10 and eight games this season.

    The Sonics shot 58.6 percent (41-of-70) and shot 8-of-20 on 3-point attempts.

    New Orleans coach Byron Scott said Seattle had too much talent for his team.

    "They've got guys who are great perimeter shooters and then they've got a bunch of guys who can put it on the floor as well," Scott said.

    The Sonics led 26-22 after one quarter and 49-43 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Sonics hit five 3-pointers -- two each by Ridnour and Radmanovic -- to go ahead 79-64. Seattle led by 20 points twice in the final period.

    The Sonics put their 19-year-old first-round draft choice, 7-footer Robert Smith, in with 2:48 left in the game. Smith had a free throw with 23.9 seconds to go.

    Game notes

    McMillan said he called five NBA coaches he was "comfortable" with to lobby for Lewis to become an All-Star. He said two coaches told him they had voted for Lewis and he left voice mails for the other three. "I didn't beg," McMillan said. "I just told them Rashard has done this season." ... McMillan returned to the bench after missing three games when he was in Raleigh, N.C., where his mother died.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 108
    FGM-FGA 29-75 (.387) 41-70 (.586)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 8-20 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 28-36 (.778) 18-27 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-28 11-41
    Assists 15 19
    Turnovers 12 13
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 2 7
    Fast Break Points 11 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 28 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 5 20

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Casey Jacobsen Jacobsen
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 26
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0