Allen scores 22 as Seattle cruises past Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Ray Allen didn't need to win this one at
the buzzer. His jumper 24 seconds into the game put the Seattle
SuperSonics up for good.

Allen finished with 22 points and six assists to lead Seattle to
a 113-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, giving the Sonics
their first back-to-back wins since Bob Hill took over as coach.

"It seems like teams always get off to a slow start here. But
we practiced pretty well for it and we were able to run and keep
the ball moving," said Allen, who made five of Seattle's seven

Allen hit a 30-footer at the second-overtime buzzer Sunday in
Seattle's 152-149 victory at Phoenix. There wasn't any drama in
this one after Seattle opened the game with an 11-2 run, but the
Sonics were just as happy with a rout in their second win at Utah
this season.

Seattle is on its first winning streak since beating Portland
and Washington in mid-December.

Luke Ridnour added 17 points and seven assists and Rashard Lewis
scored 16 for Seattle. Robert Swift added 12 rebounds in his second
career start and the Sonics shot 53 percent from the floor, going
7-for-13 from 3-point range.

"We've been saying for a long time this team is more than just
myself and Rashard," Allen said.

Andrei Kirilenko had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for
the Jazz. Mehmet Okur had 20 points and 13 boards for Utah.

The Sonics didn't allow Utah to even tie it from the time Allen
put them ahead 2-0 with a 9-foot jump shot. Allen made five of six
of his 3-point attempts, including three straight during one
stretch of the first quarter.

Seattle improved to 4-7 since Hill took over after Bob Weiss was
fired Jan. 3.

"The biggest challenge tonight was to embrace the pace of the
game and they did it again," Hill said. "I thought that's one of
the few times in my career that any of my teams have been able to
take Utah out of their offense and make them search for shots."

The Jazz, who were just 4-for-16 on 3-pointers, haven't won
back-to-back games in two weeks.

Utah had only 10 players available because of injuries, but the
Sonics had just 11 and only played 10 of them. Every member of the
Sonics scored at least five points and Ronald Murray, who scored
12, was the only Seattle player without a rebound.

"We only had about three or four possessions where we got up
and played people," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "That was the
only life we had. Somewhere along the line we need to defend people
so we can compete."

The Sonics nearly let Utah back into it at the beginning of the
second half when Okur hit a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 run. But Seattle
responded with 11 straight points and held a double-figure lead the
rest of the game.

Every time the Jazz would make a slight run, the Sonics would
come back with a bigger one and extend the margin. Okur got Utah
within 69-57 on back-to-back jumpers, then Mikki Moore started an
11-2 run for Seattle with a jumper.

"We did a terrible job altogether trying to defend them,"
Sloan said.

Damien Wilkins, who scored 15 for Seattle, converted a
three-point play with 1:04 left in the third quarter to complete
the run and put the Sonics ahead 80-59. Moore added a jumper in the
lane at the end of the period and Seattle led 82-64.

Game Notes
F Reggie Evans was the only member of the Sonics not to
play. ... Lewis had a three-point play during a 7-0 run in the
second quarter on a dunk through a hard foul by Greg Ostertag that
got several Sonics off the bench cheering. ... Milt Palacio and
Deron Williams both scored 11 for Utah.