Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/10

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

SuperSonics 114

(21-34, 9-20 away)

Hawks 109

(16-36, 11-15 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2006

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 30 29 27 28114
    ATL 26 35 26 22109

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Allen 33 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Atl: J. Johnson 18 Pts, 2 Reb, 11 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 Blk

    Lewis, Allen lift Sonics past Hawks,

    ATLANTA (AP) -- A sore ankle had Rashard Lewis thinking about taking the night off. He didn't and it turned out to be a good decision.

    Ray Allen scored 33 points and Lewis added 25, including a pair of key baskets down the stretch to help the Seattle SuperSonics to a 114-109 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, ending a four game losing streak.

    Seattle, which had lost eight of nine and seven straight on the road, took the lead for good at 104-101 on a three-point play by Lewis with 3:55 to play. Lewis, who led both teams with 10 rebounds, added a basket with 1:20 remaining to give the SuperSonics a 110-105 lead.

    Lewis said he told coach Bob Hill that he might not play, but had a change of heart.

    "It was a little stiff, but it started to loosen up as the game went on," said Lewis.

    "It just didn't feel right (not to play). I didn't want anybody to think I was giving up on my team, the fact that we were losing a lot of games," he said.

    "I honestly thought about it (not playing) last night and all day today, but I didn't want to leave my team hanging like that. I just wanted to give some kind of effort, to let them know I'm still with them," said Lewis, one of Seattle's captains.

    The Hawks, who have lost four of five, got to within a point at 110-109 on a 3-point basket by Josh Smith with 40 seconds left, but Luke Ridnour hit a bucket with 18.7 left for a 112-109 lead and Atlanta's Joe Johnson missed a 3-point attempt with less than 10 seconds left. Allen added a pair of free throws with a second left for the final score.

    "I just missed it," said Johnson. "I got a great look at it. Maybe I should have gone for a quick two, but I got a good look at it, so I took it. It felt good coming out of my hands, but it was a little short."

    Chris Wilcox added 16 points for Seattle and Ridnour had 15.

    "Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen were really special, and I think everybody got a chance to see what Wilcox is going to do for us," said Hill.

    Al Harrington led Atlanta with 24 points. Josh Childress added 20 and Joe Johnson had 18 points and 11 assists. Marvin Williams came off the bench to add 17 points and Smith had 14.

    The Hawks managed an 87-86 lead after three quarters, despite 10 points from Lewis.

    Atlanta took its first lead at 38-36 on a pair of free throws by Williams and led 61-59 at the half. Williams and Harrington had 16 points apiece for Atlanta. Allen, Seattle's leading scorer, had 18. He was 8-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-3 on 3s.

    Allen finished 11-for-20, including 5-of-8 on 3's.

    The SuperSonics were 25-for-38 (65.8 percent) from the field in the first half and Atlanta was 24-for-44 (54.5 percent). Seattle finished the game connecting on 45-of-79 shots (57 percent). The Hawks closed with 41-of-82 (50 percent).

    "We were terrible on defense tonight," said Atlanta's Harrington. "We didn't get any stops, myself included. WSe allowed too many layups and dunks. When you play like that, it's hard to win."

    Seattle hit on its first six shots and led after the first period, 30-26, with Allen scoring 10 points. Atlanta was led by Williams, who came off the bench for eight points. The SuperSonics biggest lead was 28-19 after a 9-0 run with just over a minute to play.

    Game notes

    The Hawks and SuperSonics met only one other time this season, Seattle winning 99-91 at home. Harrington had 26 points for Atlanta and Damien Wilkins had 26 for Seattle. ... Atlanta has lost five in a row to Seattle.... The Hawks had a three-game winning streak at home end.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 109
    FGM-FGA 45-79 (.570) 41-82 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 6-10 (.600) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 18-20 (.900) 22-28 (.786)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-35 13-29
    Assists 27 28
    Turnovers 15 10
    Steals 6 11
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 12 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 5

    Top Performers

    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 33
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Joe Johnson Johnson
    Points: 18
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 4