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Lewis' 28 helps lead Seattle past Clippers

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle coach Bob Weiss wanted to give his
starters some extended minutes Wednesday night -- and that provided
the SuperSonics with a preseason refresher in coming from behind.

Rashard Lewis scored 28 points, and the SuperSonics rallied past
the Los Angeles Clippers 99-93 for their first win of the
preseason.

Luke Ridnour added 14 points, including a 3-pointer as the shot
clock expired that put Seattle ahead 95-90 with 38 seconds left.
Seattle had trailed by as much as 12 points in the first half.

"I liked to see them bounce back after a slow start," Weiss
said. "They were running in mud and sometimes it's hard to turn
that around."

Lewis played 35 minutes and was 10-of-16 from the field, while
Ray Allen scored 20 points and Damien Wilkins had 10 for Seattle
(1-3). Lewis said he didn't know exactly how many minutes he was
going to play, but was glad to get this opportunity during the
preseason.

"I thought it'd be another 15 or 20 minutes," Lewis said. "I
had it rolling a little bit tonight. ... It's good to have a game
like that. Guys are trying to get their rhythm and get into game
shape and that's one of those games where you can get yourself back
to regular season form."

Chris Wilcox had 15 points, while rookie Daniel Ewing added 14
for the Clippers, who were trying to improve to 4-1 in the
preseason for the first time since 1993. Both coaches held back
many of their plays and sets since the two meet to open the regular
season Nov. 2 in Seattle.

"You are going to run generic stuff," Los Angeles coach Mike
Dunleavy said. "You just hope you can execute it well and get the
win."

Both teams played their starters much of the third quarter, and
then brought most back for the final 5½ minutes. Tied at 84,
Seattle outscored the Clippers 15-9, with Ridnour and Allen
combining for 10 of the 15. Mateen Cleaves also added five points
in the fourth quarter.

Weiss has focused on defense for much of the preseason, looking
to improve on the 46 percent shooting Seattle allowed last season.
He had to get the offense in order on Wednesday.

Much of the first half was sloppy -- the teams combined for 29
fouls -- but Seattle found a rhythm late in the half, and trimmed
the deficit to 53-49 at halftime.

Sam Cassell, who had 18 points in 24 minutes for the Clippers on
Tuesday, and Corey Maggette, who had 15 points in that game against
Portland, were both given the night off. The Clippers were also
without Shaun Livingston (back) and Zeljko Rebraca (knee). Rebraca
missed his third game, while Livingston has yet to play.

"All teams in exhibition are going to rest players," Dunleavy
said. "Tonight was a good chance to for our young guys to play in
a tight game."

Weiss intended on sitting forward Reggie Evans, but he entered
the game with 3:43 left in the third quarter. Weiss hoped keeping
Evans out would give Danny Fortson a chance at extended time in his
first action.

But Fortson picked up his fourth foul with 6:37 left in the
first half, and never returned. Weiss said that team trainer Mike
Shimensky told him just before tipoff that Fortson should be
limited to just 10 minutes on Wednesday.

Fortson missed the first two games with a toe injury and didn't
accompany the team to Laredo, Texas, for Monday's loss to Houston
after becoming ill.

Forward Mikki Moore (knee) and center Vitaly Potapenko (left
hamstring) also did not play for Seattle.