Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Friday, December 17th
Suns112Final
SuperSonics110
Game 2: Friday, February 11th
SuperSonics113Final
Suns105
Game 3: Sunday, March 6th
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SuperSonics99

SuperSonics 113

(35-13, 16-7 away)

Suns 105

(39-12, 18-5 home)

7:00 PM ET, February 11, 2005

US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 33 22 27 31113
PHX 29 26 24 26105

Top Performers

Seattle: R. Lewis 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Phoenix: S. Nash 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 14 Ast

Seven Sonics score in double figures

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics are reminding everyone that they're a force in the West, too.

One night after beating Sacramento at home, the Sonics went to Phoenix and knocked off the Suns 113-105 on Friday night.

Ray Allen climbed out of an awful shooting night with 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Seattle had seven players in double figures in the showdown of division leaders.

Rashard Lewis scored 23 points, going 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and Antonio Daniels had 20 in the Sonics' fifth win in a row. Vladimir Radmanovic added 13, Jerome James and Luke Ridnour had 12 apiece, and Reggie Evans had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Seattle improved to 9-2 against the top six teams in the NBA.

"The main thing tonight was to control the tempo and not try to get into a run-and-gun game with this team," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We took our opportunity when we had it to push the ball, but for the most part I thought our halfcourt execution was good. This was a big win."

Amare Stoudemire scored 32 points, and Steve Nash had 25 points and 14 assists for the Suns, who lost for the second time in five games but only the 12th time all season. Quentin Richardson added 20 points -- going 6-of-13 from 3-point range-- and Shawn Marion 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Both Nash and Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said the Suns didn't put out the necessary effort.

"We just let our guard down and they took it to us," D'Antoni said. "You can't think that `Now, we'll turn it on.' We've done that in the past, and tonight we paid for it."

Nash said the Suns "really didn't play hard enough tonight."

"I think we sometimes believe that we're going to win a game, and we're just waiting for it to happen," Nash said, "instead of going out there and trying to get it."

Allen, 3-for-16 through three quarters, made his first four shots in fourth quarter and was 5-for-8 in the period.

"It was just one of those games that I had to fight," Allen said. "I was just trying to fight it and stay in there for the team, and by the fourth quarter it came through for me."

After Stoudemire's stuff on an assist from Nash cut the lead to 94-92 with 7:20 remaining, Allen sank a 3-pointer and an 18-footer, then Antonio Daniels sank one from 21 feet for a 7-0 run that put Seattle ahead 101-92 with 5:36 to go. Phoenix never got closer than six after that.

The Sonics were without Danny Fortson, suspended for two games for yelling at a referee, throwing a chair and not leaving the court promptly following his ejection during a victory over Sacramento on Thursday night.

Seattle outscored the Suns 11-2 over the last 2:36 of the half for a 55-55 tie at the break. Lewis made consecutive 3-pointers and Radmanovic rattled in a '3' with 29 seconds left to cap the

The surge followed a 13-0 Phoenix run that featured three 3-pointers in a row by Richardson and gave the Suns a 53-44 lead after Nash's two free throws with 3:09 left in the half.

The Sonics had used a 12-1 surge to go up 38-29 on Jerome James' inside basket with 10:50 to go in the second quarter.

Seattle was 7-for-16 from 3-point range and Phoenix 7-for-15 in the first half.

Stoudemire and Nash scored 17 apiece in the first half, Lewis and Radmanovic had 13 apiece for Seattle.

Neither team led by more than five points in the third quarter, and the Sonics were up 82-79 entering the fourth.

Game notes


The Suns, 21 games better, and Sonics, 11 games better, are the two most improved teams in the NBA. ... The game featured four of the six players in the 3-point shootout on All-Star weekend -- Richardson, Johnson, Allen and Radmanovic. ... Seattle shot 61 percent in the first quarter (14-for-23). ... Walter McCarty, acquired from Boston this week, sank a 3-pointer and played 10 minutes in his first appearance for the Suns. ... Phoenix's Joe Johnson was 1-for-7 shooting and scored six points. ... The Sonics reserves outscored the Suns' backups 35-7.

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