Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Tuesday, November 30th
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Game 2: Saturday, December 4th
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Game 3: Thursday, March 24th
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Game 4: Friday, April 1st
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Trail Blazers 87

(24-47, 8-28 away)

SuperSonics 89

(50-22, 25-12 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 1, 2005

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 28 22 15 2287
    SEA 26 20 24 1989

    Top Performers

    Portland: S. Abdur-Rahim 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Seattle: D. Wilkins 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Blazers drop ninth straight on the road

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Memo to anybody who considers Damien Wilkins' emergence a surprise: Check the bloodlines.

    Ray Allen scored 19 points and Wilkins added 17 starting in place of injured All-Star Rashard Lewis, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to an 89-87 win over the scrappy Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

    It was the third straight game scoring in double figures for Wilkins, a rookie from Georgia who is the son of former NBA player Gerald Wilkins and nephew of former league superstar Dominique Wilkins.

    Nothing big, Wilkins insisted. He's just filling in for Lewis.

    "That's a testament to him and to coach for doing a great job of making sure I'm ready," Wilkins said. "I've disciplined myself and prepared as hard as I can to make sure when I'm called, when that time comes, that I'd be ready."

    Nick Collison added 14 points and eight rebounds, Antonio Daniels scored 12 and Reggie Evans had 13 rebounds for Seattle, which reached the 50-win plateau for the 10th time in franchise history.

    "A lot of guys in this locker room don't understand what winning 50 games means," Allen said. "You might not ever do it again. It's a great milestone in the NBA. You could lose half your games, so to win 50 is a great achievement."

    If not for Denver's victory over San Antonio, the Sonics would have clinched the Northwest Division title.

    "Whenever we could do that would be great," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We're not going to wait on Denver. Those guys are playing really well. Our plan is to continue to play."

    The Blazers lost their ninth straight road game and lost for the 10th time in 11 games, but not before they took this one to the wire.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. He had 10 in the final 5:01, helping Portland erase a 78-69 deficit at the 8-minute mark, but missed a 6-footer with 4.9 seconds to go.

    "I felt good about it. It felt good when it left my hands," Abdur-Rahim said.

    Daniels tied it for the Sonics, making the first of two free throws, and Seattle's Jerome James grabbed the rebound on his miss and threw down a dunk to put the Sonics up 85-83 with 2:03 remaining.

    Abdur-Rahim responded at the other end, tying it with 1:45 to play, before Allen fought off Damon Stoudamire's blanketing defense and hit a 3-pointer to put Seattle up for good at 88-85 with 1:22 to go.

    "We are doing the unbelievable, but it's not producing wins," said Portland coach Kevin Pritchard. "I'm very proud of my guys. Our guys competed the whole game."

    Sebastian Telfair scored 18 points with eight assists for Portland, while Miles had 13 points and Stoudamire 11. Joel Przybilla added 13 rebounds -- his eighth straight game with at least 10 rebounds.

    Wilkins had fans on their feet midway through the fourth quarter, when he came on Stoudamire's blind side for a steal. Wilkins chased the loose ball across the backcourt, then swept in for dunk that put Seattle up 80-72.

    It was the second time Wilkins filled in for Lewis in the past two weeks, as he scored a career-high 21 points when the Sonics won at Portland on March 22. In that game, Lewis' knee was sore. Now, he's out with a bruised right foot.

    "In this league, everyone has a turn," Wilkins said. "You've just got to seize the moment."

    Game notes

    Miles bumped his left shoulder early in the second quarter and went to the bench, grimacing in pain. He then went to locker room to have it iced but returned for the second half. ... Double technicals were assessed on Allen and Przybilla early in the second half, when Przybilla was called for an illegal screen. Wilkins jumped in and was whistled for another. ... Several Blazers didn't make the trip: Ruben Patterson (flu), Derek Anderson (back spasms) and Theo Ratliff (back spasms). ... The Sonics won the season series 3-1, the first time since 1997-98.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 89
    FGM-FGA 34-72 (.472) 37-86 (.430)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 8-21 (.381)
    FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 7-12 (.583)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-35 17-45
    Assists 18 21
    Turnovers 15 15
    Steals 8 9
    Blocks 6 2
    Fast Break Points 12 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 20 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 12 9

    Top Performers

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Damien Wilkins Wilkins
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1