Ricky Davis led Cleveland with 22 points, helping the Cavaliers
snap a 15-game losing streak against the Sonics with an 87-79
"It's a start,'' said Davis, who made his first six shots of
the game. "We've got a long ways to go, but we'll take any win at
The Cavaliers, who have lost 10 of their last 13, trailed 71-66
to open the fourth quarter, but they played solid defense and hit
their shots down the stretch.
The Cavaliers regained the lead at 74-73 on a jumper by Jumaine
Jones from the top of the key with 7:30 to play.
Cleveland then led 81-77 with 25.6 seconds remaining in the
game. The Cavaliers, who had not won in Seattle since 1991,
outscored the Sonics 7-2 the rest of the way, capped by spectacular
dunks by Smush Parker and Davis.
The Sonics matched a franchise record for fewest points in a
quarter, scoring only eight on 3-of-14 shooting in the fourth.
"It was bad tonight,'' Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "Eight
points in the fourth. When you've had the game in control, it's
just a matter of executing your offense, playing some defense and
getting some stops. And we didn't do that again.''
Jones came off the bench for the Cavaliers and recorded a
double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had
his 11th double-double of the season for Cleveland with 14 points
and 10 rebounds.
Gary Payton had 21 points and Rashard Lewis added 17 for the
Seattle, which has lost five straight for the first time since
"It's bad and we just have to believe that at some point the
sun is going to come out and we're going to get out of the funk,''
Seattle's Brent Barry said. "There is kind of a hole theory. When
you are in one, you have to stop digging. We continue to do the
same things over and over, beating our heads against the wall.''
Jerome James, making just his second start of the season after
missing 27 games with an injured foot, was active in the paint for
the Sonics. The 7-foot-1 center scored nine points and blocked four
shots but missed all four of his shots in the final quarter.
The Cavaliers led 24-23 at the end of the first quarter, in
which they made all three of their 3-point attempts. Two from
beyond the arc were by Davis, who scored 12 in the quarter on
Cleveland increased its lead to 32-26 on an 18-foot jumper with
9:44 to play in the half. Seattle tied the game at 36 on Ansu
Sesay's 17-footer with 5:44 left in the half. A dunk by Lewis with
1.8 seconds left gave the Sonics a 46-42 lead.
Nate McMillan failed for the fifth time to win his 100th
game as head coach of the Sonics. ... F Vladimir Radmanovic
suffered a sprained right ankle battling for a rebound at the 7:56
mark of the first quarter and did not return. ... G Dajuan Wagner,
the league's top scoring rookie at 16.7 points per game, played
only 10 minutes because of a bruised left heel. He scored four
points. ... Cleveland's road record is now 3-17.