Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/16

Game 1: Friday, December 16th
Trail Blazers99
Game 2: Monday, January 30th
Trail Blazers116Final
Game 3: Sunday, April 2nd
Trail Blazers83Final
Game 4: Friday, April 7th
Trail Blazers108

SuperSonics 111

(10-12, 4-5 away)

Trail Blazers 99

(6-16, 4-7 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 16, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 37 30 24 20111
    POR 16 30 24 2999

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Lewis 37 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Por: Z. Randolph 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Blk

    Lewis, Sonics beat former coach McMillan, Blazers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- While Rashard Lewis probably didn't realize his play on words, his comments after Seattle beat Portland couldn't have been more appropriate.

    "The first quarter we really came out blazin'," he said.

    Lewis scored 37 points, 20 in the first quarter, and the SuperSonics beat the Trail Blazers and former coach Nate McMillan 111-99 Friday night.

    It was the first time McMillan had faced his former team in the regular season, and it got bad quickly with the Blazers trailing by as many as 33 points in the first half.

    Ray Allen had 24 points for Seattle, which snapped a three-game losing streak that included a 104-98 loss at home to Houston the night before.

    Portland managed to narrow the margin to 104-96 on Steve Blake's 3-pointer with 1:17 left in the game, but the rally didn't last.

    The Blazers had a long closed-door meeting after the game.

    "It was me talking to this team, not only about this game but where we stand as an organization," McMillan said.

    The Blazers, who have lost nine of their last 10 games, were without starting point guard Sebastian Telfair, who has a sprained ligament in his right thumb. Blake took his place in the starting lineup and finished with 19 points and 13 assists.

    The Sonics led 37-16 at the end of the first quarter. Lewis' 3-pointer put the Sonics up 57-27 midway through the second quarter and Seattle led 67-46 at the half.

    It was the most points the Sonics have scored in the first half this season, and the most points Portland has given up.

    "I really was feeling like I was in a rhythm and every time I shot the ball it was going to go in," Lewis said.

    McMillan wore a frown throughout the game.

    He spent 19 seasons with the Sonics as a player, assistant and head coach. He was so popular he earned the nickname Mr. Sonic and his jersey hangs in the rafters of Key Arena.

    McMillan was hired by the northwest rival Trail Blazers in the offseason after he failed to agree to a contract extension with the Sonics.

    Seattle replaced him with Bob Weiss, who spent 11 seasons as an assistant with the Sonics under George Karl, Paul Westphal and McMillan.

    McMillan replaced Maurice Cheeks, who was fired last March and replaced in the interim by director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard. The Blazers finished last season 27-55.

    Last season McMillan led the Sonics to 52 wins and the Western Conference semifinals.

    Allen said it wasn't that strange to play against McMillan rather than for him.

    "For us to come here it's not that big a deal, but when he comes into our building he's going to get a big standing ovation," he said.

    The Blazers were clearly going to give him new challenges this season. The young team has won just six games.

    Portland also was struggling without forward Darius Miles, who has been on the inactive list since Dec. 4 with cartilage damage in his right knee and had arthroscopic surgery on Friday. There was no timetable for his return.

    The Blazers were led by Zach Randolph's 23 points and eight rebounds.

    Game notes

    Sonics guard Luke Ridnour got elbowed in a pregame huddle and had to have three stitches in his head, but he still started. He fidgeted with a headband he wore during the game to protect the gash. "He looked like a little kid out there going to school and his mom put something on him that we didn't want to wear," Allen joked. Ridnour bumped into center Vitaly Potapenko. ... Ridnour, who played for the University of Oregon, was greeted by shouts of "Luke!" when he was introduced. ... Lewis' season high was 41 points at Toronto on Nov. 13. ... Portland's largest margin of defeat this season was 45 points. The Suns beat the Blazers 130-85 in Phoenix on Dec. 6.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 99
    FGM-FGA 39-73 (.534) 39-66 (.591)
    3PM-3PA 12-18 (.667) 8-17 (.471)
    FTM-FTA 21-26 (.808) 13-21 (.619)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-28 5-29
    Assists 20 26
    Turnovers 14 20
    Steals 9 10
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 7 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 29 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 33 0

    Top Performers

    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 37
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 23
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1