PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Rashard Lewis scored 13 of his 17 points
in the third quarter and the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the
Portland Trail Blazers 99-89 on Wednesday night in the first
preseason game for both teams.
Zach Randolph had 20 points and seven rebounds for Portland,
which squandered an 11-point lead.
Dan Dickau, acquired in a draft-day trade, scored eight straight
points and gave the Blazers a 35-24 lead in the first half. Jarrett
Jack and draft pick Sergio Rodriguez made consecutive 3-pointers to
give Portland a 53-45 halftime lead.
Lewis' third-quarter outburst helped close the gap to 70-67, and
Nick Collison's layup gave Seattle a 73-72 lead.
It was close until Collison and Damien Wilkins made consecutive
layups to put the Sonics ahead 91-84.
Seattle guard Luke Ridnour injured his right thumb and left the
game as a precaution, but X-rays were negative.
"I thought we got some quality minutes from some of our young
players tonight," said Seattle coach Bob Hill. "I got everybody
on the floor but one guy (Desmon Farmer), and I already apologized
Blazers coach Nate McMillan, a former coach of the Sonics, grew
testy with the preseason officiating, and a particularly loud
complaint late in the game drew him a technical.
"We had 20 turnovers that accounted for 20 of their points. We
made 32 personal fouls and sent them to the line 45 times,"
McMillan said. "We played almost like we had a conditioning
problem. These are things of course to work on."
Seattle finished last season 35-47, a year after winning the
Northwest Division title. But the Sonics have their top eight
players back from last year, including All-Stars Lewis and Ray
In July the Sonics were sold to a group headed by Oklahoma City
businessman Clay Bennett for $350 million. Bennett doesn't
officially take control of the team until the NBA Board of
Governors meet at the end of this month.
The Trail Blazers were also up for sale by billionaire owner
Paul Allen, who abruptly pulled the team off the market this
summer. He attended the Wednesday night's game.
The Trail Blazers finished 21-61 last season, the worst in the
Team management took action by making six deals on draft day,
including lottery selections LaMarcus Aldridge of Texas and Brandon
Roy of Washington, along with veterans Raef LaFrentz and Dickau.
Portland also acquired center Jamaal Magloire in an offseason
trade with Milwaukee.
Roy, who started and scored eight points, got the biggest
ovation from Portland fans when the team was introduced.
"It was great. When you come in and play your first game
against Ray Allen, the bar is set high," Roy said.
Allen called Roy a "tremendous talent."
Disgruntled forward Darius Miles, who told McMillan last season
that he wanted to be traded, is still with the Blazers, but is
sitting out indefinitely in the preseason while he continues to
rehab a troublesome knee injury. He watched the game in street