Lewis hits six 3-pointers in easy victory

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- After Seattle shot just 16 percent from
3-point range against Houston, Rayshard Lewis knew something had to
be done.

So Lewis and Ray Allen got to the New Orleans Arena early
Wednesday to work on their shooting.

It paid off.

Lewis made six 3-pointers and Allen made five in the
SuperSonics' 103-85 victory over the Hornets.

"I was trying to get my shots going," Lewis said. "I felt
that we had to get some type of rhythm going. We're a jump-shooting
team and we needed to knock down the outside shots to get our
inside game going. I just felt good coming into the game. My jumper
felt good and, when you're shooting the ball that way, you want to
keep shooting."

Lewis' six 3-point baskets added up to one more than the
Hornets' total. He capped his 26-point performance with a perfect
night at the free throw line where he was 4-for-4.

"He was able to knock down some shots," Seattle coach Nate
McMillan said. "He was in a rhythm. He knew that this was an
important game."

Seattle (37-15) won its fifth straight on the road, while New
Orleans (11-43), which has already clinched their first losing
season in 13 years, dropped to 3-3 in their last six games.

"These are games we have to win because we have a lot of tough
games coming up," Lewis said.

After using a late rally to knock of the Rockets on Tuesday
night, the Sonics took an early lead against New Orleans.

Lewis' 24-footer put Seattle up 3-2 less than a minute into the
game and it was never in doubt after that. The Sonics led by as
much as 21 in the first half and were up by 53-35 at the break. The
Sonics led by double digits throughout the second half.

Allen scored 25 points for Seattle, Luke Ridnour had 14 points,
Antonio Daniels 11, and Ronald Murray added 13. Reggie Evans
grabbed 14 rebounds.

The Hornets were led by rookie J.R. Smith with 19 points, Dan
Dickau added 13, Lee Nailon 12 and Bostjan Nachbar 11.

The best news for the Hornets was the return of point guard
Baron Davis, who had missed the last 17 games because of a bruised
right Achilles' tendon. After announcing Wednesday morning that
Davis would miss another two weeks, he played 19 minutes against
Seattle and scored five points, had three steals, five assists and
a blocked shot. He showed no sign on the injury while on the court.

"Physically, I was out of shape," Davis said.

The Sonics made 16 of 31 (51.6 percent) from 3-point range. That
tied a record for 3-pointers made by a Hornets opponent.

"We talked about having to run at their 3-pointers, because
these guys do a great job of catching and shooting," New Orleans
coach Byron Scott said. "Out of 31 attempts, probably 20 of them
there was nobody around the shooter."

New Orleans, which had success from the perimeter in the last 10
games made five of 15.

Seattle dominated the boards, outrebounding the Hornets 42-30.<
^Notes:@Seattle forward Danny Fortson made the trip. Fortson, who
flew to Pennsylvania last week to care for his ill grandmother,
missed four straight games. He also served a a two-game league
suspension. ... Dickau has scored in double figures in 18 straight
games. ... Seattle is averaging 101.3 points a game. New Orleans
averages an NBA worst 87.3.