Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/11

Game 1: Wednesday, October 11th
SuperSonics99Final
Trail Blazers89
Game 2: Friday, October 20th
Trail Blazers103Final
SuperSonics95

SuperSonics 99

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Trail Blazers 89

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 11, 2006

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 22 23 25 2999
    POR 29 24 19 1789

    Seattle 99, Portland 89

    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 to him."

    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 Allen.

    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 NBA.

    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 clothes.

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