Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Tuesday, November 26th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 26th

Hawks 76

(21-37, 5-25 away)

SuperSonics 93

(25-31, 14-12 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 26, 2003

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 18 23 13 2276
    SEA 23 32 13 2593

    Top Performers

    Atl: S. Abdur-Rahim 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sea: R. Allen 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Sonics not regretting trading for Allen yet

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Four games after the Gary Payton trade, things are looking pretty good for Ray Allen and the Seattle SuperSonics.

    Allen, the key player Seattle received from Milwaukee in the Payton trade, scored 21 points in the Sonics' 93-76 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

    The Sonics have won three of four since the blockbuster trade. Allen has played in three of those games, providing Seattle with plenty of offense by averaging 23.3 points.

    Kevin Ollie, who also came to Seattle in the deal, said he's not surprised by Seattle's recent success.

    "Seattle got a great player in Ray Allen, and I'm trying to provide a little leadership and defense,'' said Ollie, who scored six of his eight points in a runaway fourth quarter. "We didn't come in here thinking the season was over. We wanted to come in and win, and we're doing it.''

    Atlanta, in the fifth game of a season-long seven-game road trip, was hurt by its usual turnover problems (20) and Seattle's ability to score from long range.

    "We were tentative with the ball,'' said Hawks head coach Terry Stotts. "I thought it was a game of two halves. The first half was up and down and we just couldn't keep the tempo going.''

    Seattle was 10-of-19 from beyond the arc. It's the third time the Sonics have made at least 10 3-pointers, but the first time since Nov. 9.

    "The game started slow, but we were able to open it up a little by knocking down some threes,'' said Rashard Lewis, who was one of five Sonics who scored in double figures. Lewis and Vladimir Radmanovic scored 15 apiece. Predrag Drobnjak had 13 and Jerome James added 11.

    "When guys like me and Ray are not getting the offense going, somebody else can also step up and hit the threes to get the momentum going for this team.''

    Allen's shooting was nothing special as he went 5-of-15 from the field, but he made four 3-pointers and had nine assists.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim led the Hawks with 19 points. Jason Terry, who played his high school ball in Seattle, had 14. Glenn Robinson had 15, and Theo Ratliff added 11.

    "I don't know exactly what the problem is, but we're going to have to figure out a way to turn it around,'' said Terry. "We turned the ball over too many times again. It's getting old.''

    The game was decided during a nine-minute stretch at the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth when the Hawks were held without a field goal.

    Allen felt defense was the key to the win.

    "We played defense, and it kept us in the game,'' said Allen. "We only scored 13 points in the third quarter. The defense continued to come through and it allowed us to win the game.''

    The Sonics had five players reach double-figure scoring.

    Allen opened the second quarter with a 25-footer and a pair of free throws that pushed the Sonics' advantage to 28-18.

    The Hawks snapped out of a four-minute scoreless drought when Dion Glover and Robinson hit back-to-back 3-pointers, followed by an open 20-foot jumper from Abdur-Rahim that cut the Seattle lead to 30-26 with 7:12 to play in the half.

    The Sonics expanded their lead to 55-41 at halftime. They hit five 3-pointers over the final 4:24 of the half, and were 8-of-12 from beyond the arc over the first 24 minutes.

    "This team right now has a lot of confidence,'' said Allen. "Whoever out there that we are playing against is going to have a good test.''

    Game notes

    The first 5,000 fans in attendance received a Gary Payton doll. Although Payton is no longer with the team, the organization went ahead with the promotional giveaway. Two other future promotional giveaways that related to Payton and Desmond Mason, who was included in the trade, have been called off. ... Atlanta had won its previous three games in Seattle. ... G Dan Dickau, who played two collegiate seasons in Seattle at the University of Washington before transferring to Gonzaga, was 2-for-6. He did not score until 5:24 left in the game. ... Each team scored only 13 points in the third quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 93
    FGM-FGA 26-68 (.382) 32-73 (.438)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 10-19 (.526)
    FTM-FTA 20-21 (.952) 19-24 (.792)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-34 10-36
    Assists 16 24
    Turnovers 20 15
    Steals 5 11
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 4 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 19
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0