BOSTON (AP) -- Seattle ended its most difficult stretch of the
season with a win.
"We know we are a better team than we have displayed in the
past week," Allen said. "We got an opportunity to prove that
tonight and we got on the same page more than we have."
The Sonics (3-5), who were playing their sixth game in eight
days, closed out a six-game road trip with their first regulation
win of the season. Seattle's previous two victories were against
Minnesota and Toronto in overtime.
"Whenever you have the last game of a road trip, guys can
easily get distracted," Sonics coach Bob Weiss said. "Since the
beginning of the season, our problem has been getting production
out of other guys besides Ray and Rashard [Lewis].
Luke Ridnour added 15 points and 13 assists for Seattle, which
snapped a six-game losing streak in Boston. The Sonics had lost
four games on the road trip by an average of 26 points.
"It's such a tough trip and to lose those four games the way we
did," Ridnour said. "Hopefully, we can get back to .500 and get
going from there."
After a pair of free throws by Justin Reed cut the Sonics lead
to 96-85 with 7:29 remaining, Allen hit a pair of jumpers to extend
the lead back to 15. Allen finished 12-of-17 from the field.
Nick Collison scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Lewis
added 22 points and five steals for Seattle.
"Our problem is not offense," Pierce said. "We need to pick
things up on defense and start trusting one another more. We are
desperate for a win."
Allen and Lewis combined for 35 first-half points to open up a
63-45 halftime lead.
The Sonics scored the first six points of the third quarter to
extend their lead to 69-45.
Raef LaFrentz had 14 points and continued his torrid shooting
for Boston. He was 6-for-9 and now has made 24-of-37 over the last
"What's embarassing to me is that we shot 52 percent today and
55 percent yesterday and have two losses," Celtics coach Doc
Boston (3-5) has now dropped three of its last four games.
Celtics guard Tony Allen was indicted Wednesday on three
counts of aggravated battery stemming from a fight that escalated
into a shooting outside a Chicago diner in August. ... Sonics'
opponents came into the game shooting 50 percent from the field
this season, the best in the NBA. ... Pierce passed Bill Sharman
for 10th on the all-time Celtics scoring list and now has 12,289