Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Wednesday, November 10th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 1st
Game 3: Thursday, February 10th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 5th

Kings 107

(32-17, 13-10 away)

SuperSonics 115

(34-13, 19-6 home)

Coverage: CSNS

7:30 PM ET, February 10, 2005

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 T
SAC 28 24 29 26107
SEA 26 28 23 38115

Top Performers

Sac: C. Webber 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

Sea: R. Allen 34 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast

Daniels steps up in final period

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics have the Sacramento Kings' number.

Antonio Daniels scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Sonics defeat the Kings for the third time this season, 115-107 Thursday night.

The Sonics, who lost three out of four to Sacramento last season when they missed the playoffs for the second straight season, called it one of the most important victories of 2004-05.

"The intensity of the game was pretty high up there," Ray Allen said. "It was great to be on the winning side."

"Sacramento is such a good team it took everything we had to stop those guys," coach Nate McMillan said. "It came down to who would make the plays."

The Northwest Division-leading Sonics won their fourth game in a row, while the Kings dropped their third straight.

All-Stars Allen and Rashard Lewis led the way for the Sonics with 34 and 23 points, respectively, but Daniels, Seattle's valuable reserve point guard, shined in the final period while playing the entire 12 minutes in place of starter Luke Ridnour.

The Sonics had four of their eight steals in the fourth quarter, when they scored 38 points and went 17-of-18 from the free-throw line.

"They were on the perimeter and we put an emphasis on attacking the rim and trying to get to the foul line," Daniels said. "We knocked our free throws down tonight."

Ridnour didn't mind watching Daniels' performance.

"He stepped up huge," he said. "It was big for us. He's a veteran guard and he came in and played well."

Peja Stojakovic led the Kings with 28 points, while Cuttino Mobley had 23 points and Chris Webber had 19 points and nine rebounds.

The Kings led 103-100 after two free throws by Stojakovic with 3:51 left, but Daniels made a steal and a fast-break dunk with 3:05 left before Lewis put the Sonics ahead 105-100 with a three-point play with 2:35 left.

Two free throws by Vladimir Radmanovic put the Sonics ahead 107-103 with 1:47 to go before Darius Songaila of the Kings made a layup. Daniels made two free throws with 1:30 left after being fouled by Webber to put Seattle ahead 109-105.

The Kings played without starting center Brad Miller, who was suspended for one game by the NBA for throwing a tantrum at the end of a game with Phoenix on Tuesday night. Miller, the team's top rebounder with 9.3 per game and its No. 5 scorer at 15.6, missed his first game of the season.

It was an emotional game. Seattle's Danny Fortson was ejected with 7:09 left after skirmishing with Webber after fouling him hard. Both players were assessed technical fouls.

McMillan said Fortson's third ejection of the season made the Sonics more focused.

"You don't want to see guys ejected like that, but I thought our team responded," McMillan said. "I thought it fired us up. Sometimes you need something to get you going."

In the third quarter, Webber yelled in anger from the bench at Seattle's Reggie Evans after the players fought hard for rebounding position all night. Evans finished with 12 rebounds.

Evans was chuckling about Webber after the game.

"I like doing stuff like that, getting him frustrated," Evans said. "It's funny. When he's talking like that, it lets me know I got into his head and I made him mad."

Although his team lost to Seattle again, Webber took a jab at the Sonics when he brought up the subject of the playoffs.

"All I'll say is that we've been there before," he said.

The Kings scored the first 11 points of the second half, including two 3-pointers by Mobley, to take a 63-54 lead after the Sonics led 54-52 at halftime. But the Sonics, with Allen scoring 14 of his points, came back to regain the lead before falling behind 81-77 after three quarters.

The Sonics had a 46-33 rebounding advantage, an important factor in his team's loss, Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said.

"They were jumping right over the top of us to get the ball," Adelman said. "We've got to put bodies on them and pursue the ball."

Game notes

The Kings started Greg Ostertag at center in place of Miller. It was the 7-foot-2 Ostertag's second start of the season. ... The Sonics left immediately after the game to fly to Phoenix, where they play Friday night. They play Dallas Sunday night at home. "We know how good the West is," McMillan said before the game. "It's going to be a challenge each night." ... The Kings and Sonics wrap up their season series April 5 at Sacramento.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 107 115
FGM-FGA 41-79 (.519) 37-84 (.440)
3PM-3PA 11-24 (.458) 7-21 (.333)
FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 34-39 (.872)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 3-33 11-46
Assists 27 17
Turnovers 11 6
Steals 5 8
Blocks 1 1
Fast Break Points 11 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 17 (3/0)
Largest Lead 9 8

Top Performers

Chris Webber Webber
Points: 19
Reb: 9
Ast: 9
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Ray Allen Allen
Points: 34
Reb: 4
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 0