Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 3/4

Game 1: Friday, March 4th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 16th

Pistons 87

(36-21, 16-14 away)

SuperSonics 95

(41-16, 21-8 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 4, 2005

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 23 22 22 2087
    SEA 22 20 27 2695

    Top Performers

    Detroit: R. Wallace 10 Pts, 11 Reb

    Seattle: J. James 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Detroit drops back-to-back games on the road

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Jerome James put up season highs with 16 points and seven rebounds against Detroit's bruising front line, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 95-87 victory over the Pistons on Friday night.

    Rashard Lewis led the Sonics with 18 points, and Ray Allen and Luke Ridnour added 15 points each. With James leading the way inside, Seattle survived a tough night on the perimeter -- with Allen shooting 3-of-17 and Lewis 6-of-14.

    The Pistons, who had their eight-game winning streak snapped Thursday night in Phoenix, hadn't lost consecutive game since a four-game losing streak from Jan. 18-24.

    Richard Hamilton led Detroit with 15 points and Chauncey Billups added 13. Ben Wallace scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds, and Rasheed Wallace finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

    There were 13 ties and 12 lead changes through going into the fourth quarter, but that's when the Sonics picked up the pace. Seattle used an 11-4 burst to build an 80-73 lead at the 6-minute mark.

    Included in the run were four straight buckets. Danny Fortson muscled for one inside, Allen drove for another and Lewis posted up Tayshaun Prince. Then Daniels drove the baseline, drew Ben Wallace's fourth foul and finished a three-point play.

    After a timeout Lewis added two free throws, and Seattle had its biggest lead at 82-73 with 4:39 to go. Last month, the Sonics blew an 11-point lead with 5 minutes remaining in a homecourt loss to Dallas.

    This time, they were just getting warmed up.

    After Hamilton completed a three-point play to trim Detroit's deficit to 82-76, Allen made one of two free throws and James made a huge shot when he collected a loose ball and fired in an 8-footer to beat the shot clock with 2:57 to play.

    Billups missed a layup at the other end, and Lewis extended Seattle's lead to 87-76 with a jumper from the left side.

    Seattle's inside game was sure to be tested against Detroit's front court, but James got off to a great start -- missing only one of his first five attempts and blocking two shots in the opening period.

    He finished 8-of-10 from the floor and got a standing ovation when he left with 35.3 seconds to play.

    The Sonics, with the NBA's fourth-best record, had won five of six since the All-Star break, but they faced a big test against the defending champions in only their second home game during that stretch.

    Game notes

    Sonics G Ronald "Flip" Murray didn't suit up because of a sinus infection. ... The Pistons reacquired C Elden Campbell, who was traded away in January and then waived by Utah and New Jersey. ... Former Seattle star Gus Williams, whose No. 1 jersey hangs from the KeyArena rafters, had a courtside seat on the baseline.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 95
    FGM-FGA 35-83 (.422) 32-75 (.427)
    3PM-3PA 1-11 (.091) 4-18 (.222)
    FTM-FTA 16-27 (.593) 27-32 (.844)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-33 14-49
    Assists 13 16
    Turnovers 7 13
    Steals 6 3
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 7 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 27 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 12

    Top Performers

    Rasheed Wallace Wallace
    Points: 10
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Jerome James James
    Points: 16
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3