Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Friday, November 16th
Game 2: Friday, December 21st
Game 3: Tuesday, February 5th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 19th

Warriors 93

(17-49, 6-27 away)

SuperSonics 110

(38-30, 20-13 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 19, 2002

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 23 30 21 1993
    SEA 35 24 35 16110

    Top Performers

    GS: D. Fortson 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sea: G. Payton 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 12 Ast

    Lewis quietly scores 26 in rout

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle's Rashard Lewis lived up to his nickname "The Quiet Man."

    Rashard Lewis

    In a game that featured the return of Vin Baker to the lineup, Lewis quietly scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half as the Sonics beat the Warriors for the 12th straight time, 110-93 Tuesday night.

    "The guy is so quiet," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said of Lewis. "I didn't realize he had 26 points. I just didn't see it."

    Gary Payton got the Sonics off to a good start, scoring 17 of his 21 points in the first quarter.

    "I just came out and did what I was supposed to do," said Payton. "We ran the plays and I made the shots."

    It was a pretty simple formula, and it worked.

    McMillan wanted his team to come out fast, knowing that Golden State had lost a close game to Washington the night before.

    The Warriors are now 4-13 in the second game of back-to-backs.

    Baker, who missed 17 games because of three dislocated toes on his left foot, scored only three points in 22 minutes, but contributed inside with seven rebounds.

    "I felt like a rookie, but I was having fun," said Baker. "I'm just excited about getting back on the floor and helping the team."

    Seattle's win, coupled with a loss by Utah, moved the Sonics 1 1/2 games ahead of the Jazz for seventh place in the West.

    Danny Fortson led Golden State with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Adonal Foyle scored all 12 of his points in the first half for the Warriors, who have lost seven in a row.

    "I knew Danny was being aggressive and playing hard," Warriors coach Brian Winters said. "He had a good game."

    Seattle scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed.

    Lewis shot 12-of-18 from the field. He missed Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a strained left shoulder, but looked and played healthy.

    Lewis said that he wasn't even able to lift his arm higher than his shoulder a day earlier.

    "Once they blew the whistle and threw the ball up, the shoulder wasn't even on my mind," Lewis said.

    With four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Lewis made a steal and outraced the Warriors to the other end for a leaping slam dunk, pushing Seattle's lead to 86-67.

    Although the Warriors had six players in double-digits, they failed to make a serious run at the Sonics in the second half.

    Payton came out hot in the early stages of the game, hitting five of his first seven shots. His 20-footer with 5:51 to play in the first quarter helped the Sonics jump out to a 21-13 advantage. Seattle closed the first 12 minutes leading 35-23, and Payton had 17.

    Golden State reduced the lead to seven, 47-40, when Desmond Mason was called for goaltending on a layup by Chris Mills. Mason quickly responded at the other end with a short leaning jumper in the paint.

    Predrag Drobnjak, making his first start of the season, then blocked Bob Sura's layup attempt. He then ran the length of the floor to receive a pass from Brent Barry for a layup, pushing the lead to 51-40 with 5:35 to play in the half.

    Baker made his first appearance in the game with three minutes to play in the first quarter. He was back in the lineup sooner than expected, and it came at a good time as Seattle has suffered a rash of injuries. Vladimir Radmanovic (sprained toe, foot), Calvin Booth (ankle) and Earl Watson (separated shoulder) are not available to play.

    "With Vin back, we can play big and have me back at the three," Lewis said. "That makes us a little more comfortable on the glass."

    The Sonics went 12-5 during the 17-game stretch with Baker on the injured list. During that time, the team crawled into position to gain a spot in the playoffs. Of the 40 games that Baker has started this season, the Sonics have posted a 18-22 record.

    The Warriors have not won in Seattle since March 6, 1995.

    Game notes

    Fortson returned to the Warriors lineup after being suspended two games by the league for exceeding the maximum allowable flagrant foul penalty points for the season. ... Payton did not have a steal in the game and needs five to become the ninth player in league history to reach 2,000 . ... Jerome James suffered a right shin contusion in the third quarter and did not return, but the injury in not considered serious.

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