Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/28

Game 1: Sunday, November 28th
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SuperSonics103
Game 2: Tuesday, March 1st
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Pacers93

SuperSonics 101

(39-16, 19-8 away)

Pacers 93

(28-28, 16-13 home)

Coverage: FSMW

7:00 PM ET, March 1, 2005

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 32 21 19 29101
IND 20 28 25 2093

Top Performers

Seattle: R. Lewis 30 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast

Indiana: S. Jackson 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Rashard scores 30 on 14-of-19 shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics followed up the worst shooting performance in franchise history with one of their best efforts of the season.

Rashard Lewis had 30 points on 14-of-19 shooting and Seattle made 53 percent of its shots in a 101-93 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

The SuperSonics shot a team-record low 29.4 percent in a 99-73 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday.

"We were more focused than we were in the Milwaukee game," Lewis said. "We just committed ourselves to getting back to playing our old way, and that's playing NBA basketball the right way."

The SuperSonics won for the seventh time in nine road games.

Ray Allen scored 18 for Seattle, which used a 9-0 run to take a four-point lead with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 89-84 with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter, Seattle got consecutive 3-pointers from Lewis, Vladimir Radmanovic and Lewis again to pull ahead for good.

"We played well, and we were able to keep them away from the 3-pointers until the fourth quarter," said Stephen Jackson, who led Indiana with 28 points and six rebounds. "Then it was a lot of miscommunication."

The Pacers got within 97-93 with 39 seconds left, and they had a chance to cut the deficit to one, but 3-point attempts by Anthony Johnson and Jackson fell short.

Jermaine O'Neal had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Austin Croshere chipped in 15 off the bench for Indiana, which lost its second straight game after winning five in a row.

Indiana coach Rick Carlisle was long gone by the time the SuperSonics rallied in the fourth. He picked up two technical fouls in less than a minute and was ejected with 7:16 left in the first quarter for arguing fouls calls with officials.

"It was a tough loss," Carlisle said. "I give Mike Brown credit for coaching us back in it and putting us in a position to win."

The SuperSonics came out on target in the first quarter. Led by Lewis' 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting, Seattle shot 58 percent to open a 32-20 lead.

With O'Neal on the bench with three fouls, the Pacers stormed back in the second quarter. Jackson had nine points and Croshere eight, helping Indiana pull within 53-48 at halftime.

The Pacers started the third quarter with a 9-2 run to take their first lead of the game, 57-55, following a pair of O'Neal free throws. The two teams traded the lead for the rest of the quarter until Croshere's free throw put Indiana ahead 73-72 entering the fourth.

Lewis gave Seattle the boost it needed in the final quarter, scoring 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

"Rashard had the hot hand, and he got some big baskets for us," SuperSonics coach Nate McMillan said. "He really had it going from the start of the game."<

Notes:@ Carlisle picked up a technical foul with 7:40 left in the first quarter for arguing a foul on O'Neal. He then picked up his second technical and after coming onto the court to argue a non-call. ... Indiana center Jeff Foster (back spasms) and guard Jamaal Tinsley (bruised left foot) both missed their third straight game. O'Neal started despite a bruised rib he suffered against New York on Saturday. ... Seattle swept the season series from the Pacers 2-0. ... Seattle is 19-8 away from home this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
IND
Points 101 93
FGM-FGA 38-72 (.528) 30-71 (.423)
3PM-3PA 6-13 (.462) 8-22 (.364)
FTM-FTA 19-23 (.826) 25-36 (.694)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-38 13-34
Assists 12 16
Turnovers 12 9
Steals 2 8
Blocks 4 4
Fast Break Points 6 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (3/0) 26 (3/0)
Largest Lead 13 5

Top Performers

Seattle
Indiana
Rashard Lewis Lewis
Points: 30
Reb: 2
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Stephen Jackson Jackson
Points: 28
Reb: 6
Ast: 1
Stl: 2
Blk: 0