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Sonics break out of four-game slide, beat Wizards

SEATTLE (AP) -- Rashard Lewis won't let himself bring off-the-court problems to the arena.

Lewis scored 30 points after pleading not guilty to drunken
driving charges in the morning, and the Seattle SuperSonics snapped
a four-game home losing streak with a 111-101 win over the
Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Lewis scored eight points in the final three minutes, including
a stretch of six straight that finally gave Seattle some breathing
room. He was 10-of-20 from the field and made all three 3-point
attempts, following up a 37-point performance on Friday in
Portland.

"I don't bring off the court stuff to my job. I think that
would be wrong if I had a lot of stuff on my mind when I come here
to play a game, and don't show up to play for my teammates," Lewis
said. "The off the court stuff stays off the court when I come in
this building."

Lewis broke out of a mini-slump in Portland, and Monday was his
fourth game with at least 30 points and his 12th with 25 or more.
Ray Allen added 24 points for the Sonics and shot 10-of-18.

Washington lost its third straight and sixth in its last seven
games. Gilbert Arenas scored 27 of his 30 points in the second
half, the 10th time this season he has scored 30 or more.

The Wizards led only once -- at 2-0.

"I like my team the way it is ... but this year it's like a
rebuilding stage. You've got new players coming in trying to play
with old players and we're still adapting," Arenas said.

Seattle avenged one of the losses from an awful three-game
stretch early in the season, when it lost by 25 in Memphis and 27
in Cleveland before an embarrassing 137-96 loss to the Wizards on
Nov. 11.

The Sonics beat Cleveland by seven at home earlier this month,
and kept Washington struggling. Since beating Seattle, the Wizards
are just 5-13.

"Those things happen. We couldn't have been any worse and they
couldn't have been any better," Seattle coach Bob Weiss said of
the earlier meeting. "Tonight we came out and it was a whole
different situation. And we remembered that, how they beat us and
how much fun they had doing it."

Seattle led by 14 in the third quarter, but Arenas kept the
Wizards close. He scored 13 in the quarter as Washington trimmed
the lead to 77-72 on his 3-pointer with 2 minutes left in the
quarter.

From there, the Sonics scored 14 of the next 20 points. Vladimir
Radmanovic made his fourth 3-pointer -- from 28 feet -- then made two
free throws, pushing the lead back to 91-78.

Washington briefly stemmed the momentum with four free throws,
but Nick Collison scored down low and Lewis followed with a
3-pointer for a 96-82 Seattle lead with less than 7 minutes left.

Caron Butler scored four straight, Chucky Atkins made two free
throws and Calvin Booth's three-point play got Washington within
97-91.

Arenas made a free throw, but Booth missed twice at the rim and
Luke Ridnour made a 3-pointer to put Seattle back up 100-92. Lewis
then scored eight of Seattle's final 11 points.

Ridnour added 15 points and 10 assists and Radmanovic finished
with 14 points.

Washington already looked tired and lethargic, three-games into
a five-game western trip. The Wizards got some energy off the bench
from Butler, who finished with 19 points.

Atkins added 11 and Jared Jeffries and Brendan Haywood both
scored 10.

"The urgency has to be there every night," Butler said. "It's
frustrating. This team is too talented to be in this situation."

The bigger issue for Washington is the continuing struggles of
All-Star Antawn Jamison. He made just two of 12 shots, finishing
with four points. In Jamison's last five games, he is shooting
18-of-72 (25 percent) and has scored more than 16 points only once
this month.

"It's a blessing to go against these guys because they are
elite players," Seattle's Reggie Evans said. "I tried to beat
(Jamison) to the step and try to get my hands up before he throw up
them shots."

Game notes
Radmanovic entered in the second quarter after he was
benched on Friday in Portland. ... Washington's Jarvis Hayes is out
indefinitely after fracturing his right patella for the second time
in a year. Coach Eddie Jordan said the team hopes to know more
about the injury on Wednesday. ... Antonio Daniels received a warm
ovation in his return to Seattle, where he played for two seasons.
He finished with eight points.