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Seattle ends season-long three-game skid

NEW YORK (AP) -- A brief stretch of adversity has ended for the
Seattle SuperSonics, whose longest losing streak of the season
never grew beyond three games.

Rashard Lewis put Seattle ahead for good on a 3-pointer with
2:41 left, and the SuperSonics became the first visiting team to
win at Madison Square Garden in more than a month with a 90-80
victory over New York on Sunday night.

"Bad week, losing three in a row," Ray Allen said. "It seemed
like it lasted forever. Losing is contagious, and the last three
games we couldn't find a way at the end. Now we have to keep this
going and make this one contagious."

Lewis' 3-pointer gave Seattle a 78-76 lead and started a 10-1
run that helped end the Knicks' seven-game home winning streak. New
York lost for just the second time in its last seven games overall.

Lewis scored 23, Allen had 17 and Antonio Daniels 11 for the
Sonics, who have the NBA's fourth-best record. Seattle got the job
done with its defense, holding New York to just two field goals
over the game's final 6½ minutes.

Reggie Evans grabbed 16 rebounds for the Sonics, who closed the
game by scoring 15 of the final 19 points.

"In the NBA, you never know when (a slump) is going to hit,"
Seattle guard Luke Ridnour said. "When it does hit, you've got to
be ready for it and keep your heads up. Last year we would have all
put our heads down. This year we're riding it out."

Seattle had lost its previous three games, all at home, to
Phoenix, Houston and Chicago -- only the third time all season they
went down to consecutive defeats.

Next up for the Sonics is a chance to avenge their loss to the
Bulls before wrapping up a three-game road trip at Detroit.

"We realize throughout the course of an 82-game season we're
going to have some adversity, and that adversity just came,"
Daniels said. "We lost three games. So what? We have to pick our
heads up and move forward, and what better place to do it?"

Stephon Marbury and Tim Thomas had 20 points each for the
Knicks, who had no one else in double figures. New York shot just
4-for-21 (19 percent) in the fourth quarter.

Marbury made two free throws to give New York a 76-75 lead, and
the Knicks had a chance to expand it after a Seattle turnover. But
Malik Rose committed an offensive foul away from the ball, and
Lewis nailed a 3.

Kurt Thomas, Jamal Crawford and Rose missed shots on the Knicks'
next three possessions, and when Lewis found himself about to be
double- or triple-teamed in the low post, he passed out to Vladimir
Radmanovic for a wide-open 3 that made it 82-76.

A three-point play by Nick Collison on a give-and-go play made
it 85-77 with 1:04 left, and the Knicks were done.

New York hadn't lost at home since dropping a 116-110 overtime
decision to Miami on Feb. 9. The Knicks fell to 9-20 against teams
with winning records and missed a chance to gain a game on Orlando
and Indiana in the race for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

"Any time we lose at home, I think it's a missed opportunity,"
Knicks coach Herb Williams said. "We're trying to get into the
playoffs, and to get in to the playoffs you have to win at home. A
win is a win, and we need as many as we can get."

Game notes
The Sonics snapped a six-game losing streak in New York,
winning at the Garden for the first time since Nov. 24, 1996. ...
New York had been 4-0 at home against teams from the Northwest
Division. ... Allen arrived at the arena early and watched the city
public schools high school championship from the stands.