Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/10

Game 1: Friday, February 10th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 22nd

Hawks 91

(15-33, 4-19 away)

SuperSonics 99

(20-30, 12-13 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, February 10, 2006

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 28 16 34 1391
    SEA 26 26 24 2399

    Top Performers

    Atl: Z. Pachulia 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Sea: D. Wilkins 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Wilkins scores 26 off the bench to lift Seattle past Atlanta

    SEATTLE (AP) -- When Damien Wilkins heard Rashard Lewis was not returning, he didn't consider it an opportunity.

    Instead, he got worried.

    "Rashard is one of our guns and we need him now more than ever," Wilkins said.

    Wilkins proved more than an adequate replacement, scoring a career-high 26 points and leading the Seattle SuperSonics over the Atlanta Hawks 99-91 on Friday night.

    Considered a defensive stopper for the Sonics, Wilkins provided important offense after Lewis went out in the first half with an injury to his right quadriceps. Wilkins shot 7-for-12, made 12 of 13 free throws and scored 13 of Seattle's final 16 points, helping the Sonics snap a four-game losing streak.

    Ray Allen scored 22 for Seattle and Nick Collison had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

    "Damien seized the opportunity and Nick seized the opportunity," Allen said. "Somebody had to step up and make plays."

    Seattle controlled the backboards, outrebounding Atlanta 49-37, including 13 from center Robert Swift. Seattle had 16 offensive rebounds and held a 25-8 advantage in second-chance points.

    Al Harrington led Atlanta with 26 points, while Zaza Pachulia and Josh Childress each scored 17. The Hawks had won four of five, but their struggles on the road continued. Atlanta fell to 0-11 on the road against the Western Conference and 4-19 overall.

    "They came up with the effort plays, loose balls, things of that, and key rebounds, tips and putbacks," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "You can't win games like that, especially close games."

    In the last month, Wilkins started to show signs of the player that proved a valuable contributor late last season in Seattle's run to a division title and the second round of the playoffs. Wilkins scored in double figures in eight of his last 14 games, but Friday was by far his best effort.

    Wilkins scored 11 straight midway through the fourth quarter to give Seattle the lead for good. Tied at 83-83, Wilkins made back-to-back jumpers, causing Atlanta to call timeout.

    Harrington made a 3-pointer for Atlanta, but Wilkins made two free throws and then converted a difficult reverse layup and was fouled. The three-point play put Seattle up 92-86 with 2:38 left. He added two more free throws and outscored the Hawks 11-3 during the stretch.

    Another 3 by Harrington got Atlanta to 94-89, but Wilkins assisted on Luke Ridnour's jumper with 46 seconds left to seal the victory.

    "Coach was putting me in position and calling plays where the ball was coming to me and I was trying to make things happen," Wilkins said. "I was just happy I could contribute the way I did."

    Atlanta scored just eight points in the final 8 minutes. It was the first time Seattle has held a team under 100 points since losing to the Los Angeles Clippers 98-72 on Jan. 14.

    Joe Johnson, the Hawks' leading scorer at 20 points per game, shot 4-of-17 and finished with 10 points. He did have 11 assists.

    "The fourth quarter we went flat," Woodson said. "We just didn't execute, we didn't move the ball, we got very stagnant and we were able to be guarded."

    Seattle went the last three quarters without Lewis, its second-leading scorer. Lewis played the entire first quarter, but shot 1-for-5 and had just two points.

    After the game, Lewis said he took a knee to the thigh late in the first quarter and that he would consider himself doubtful for Sunday's game against Denver.

    Lewis is averaging 21.9 points this season. He has scored in double figures in all but two games this season, and has played at least 20 minutes in every game but one.

    He played just 2 minutes on Nov. 9 at Cleveland after he injured his left shoulder.

    Game notes

    Allen was appreciative of being selected as a reserve to his sixth All-Star game, but was also humbled by the selection, because of Seattle's struggles and that Lewis wasn't chosen as well. ... Atlanta rookie forward Marvin Williams only had to track down 40 tickets for Friday's game. The Bremerton, Wash. native said he didn't ask for any advice on handling the emotions with returning home. "I'm excited to be back, definitely." Williams finished with 4 points in 28 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 99
    FGM-FGA 35-82 (.427) 34-82 (.415)
    3PM-3PA 5-18 (.278) 4-18 (.222)
    FTM-FTA 16-21 (.762) 27-30 (.900)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-37 16-49
    Assists 25 18
    Turnovers 15 14
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 5 8
    Fast Break Points 14 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 17 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 6 10

    Top Performers

    Zaza Pachulia Pachulia
    Points: 17
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Damien Wilkins Wilkins
    Points: 26
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0