INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics followed up the
worst shooting performance in franchise history with one of their
best efforts of the season.
Rashard Lewis had 30 points on 14-of-19 shooting and Seattle
made 53 percent of its shots in a 101-93 victory over the Indiana
Pacers on Tuesday night.
The SuperSonics shot a team-record low 29.4 percent in a 99-73
loss to Milwaukee on Sunday.
"We were more focused than we were in the Milwaukee game,"
Lewis said. "We just committed ourselves to getting back to
playing our old way, and that's playing NBA basketball the right
The SuperSonics won for the seventh time in nine road games.
Ray Allen scored 18 for Seattle, which used a 9-0 run to take a
four-point lead with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 89-84 with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter, Seattle got
consecutive 3-pointers from Lewis, Vladimir Radmanovic and Lewis
again to pull ahead for good.
"We played well, and we were able to keep them away from the
3-pointers until the fourth quarter," said Stephen Jackson, who
led Indiana with 28 points and six rebounds. "Then it was a lot of
The Pacers got within 97-93 with 39 seconds left, and they had a
chance to cut the deficit to one, but 3-point attempts by Anthony
Johnson and Jackson fell short.
Jermaine O'Neal had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Austin
Croshere chipped in 15 off the bench for Indiana, which lost its
second straight game after winning five in a row.
Indiana coach Rick Carlisle was long gone by the time the
SuperSonics rallied in the fourth. He picked up two technical fouls
in less than a minute and was ejected with 7:16 left in the first
quarter for arguing fouls calls with officials.
"It was a tough loss," Carlisle said. "I give Mike Brown
credit for coaching us back in it and putting us in a position to
The SuperSonics came out on target in the first quarter. Led by
Lewis' 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting, Seattle shot 58 percent to
open a 32-20 lead.
With O'Neal on the bench with three fouls, the Pacers stormed
back in the second quarter. Jackson had nine points and Croshere
eight, helping Indiana pull within 53-48 at halftime.
The Pacers started the third quarter with a 9-2 run to take
their first lead of the game, 57-55, following a pair of O'Neal
free throws. The two teams traded the lead for the rest of the
quarter until Croshere's free throw put Indiana ahead 73-72
entering the fourth.
Lewis gave Seattle the boost it needed in the final quarter,
scoring 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
"Rashard had the hot hand, and he got some big baskets for
us," SuperSonics coach Nate McMillan said. "He really had it
going from the start of the game."<
Notes:@ Carlisle picked up a technical foul with 7:40 left in
the first quarter for arguing a foul on O'Neal. He then picked up
his second technical and after coming onto the court to argue a
non-call. ... Indiana center Jeff Foster (back spasms) and guard
Jamaal Tinsley (bruised left foot) both missed their third straight
game. O'Neal started despite a bruised rib he suffered against New
York on Saturday. ... Seattle swept the season series from the
Pacers 2-0. ... Seattle is 19-8 away from home this season.