Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Thursday, October 30th
Game 2: Friday, October 31st
Game 3: Saturday, January 24th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 14th

SuperSonics 124

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Clippers 105

(0-2, 0-1 home)

    12:00 PM ET, October 31, 2003

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 35 31 27 31124
    LAC 30 28 22 25105

    Top Performers

    Seattle: R. Lewis 50 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Los Angeles: C. Maggette 26 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sonics had five scorers in double figures

    SAITAMA, Japan (AP) -- Rashard Lewis' achy body didn't have much time to recover Saturday morning before the Seattle SuperSonics' early gametime.

    Not only was he fit to play at noon, however, he scored a career-high 50 points in Seattle's 124-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

    "I felt sore when I woke up this morning," Lewis said. "I wasn't really thinking about the points but more about by how much we were up."

    Lewis, who led the Sonics with 25 points in Thursday's 109-100 win, scored 26 points in the first half and nearly matched that total after the break. His rousing effort helped the SuperSonics sweep the two-game series at Saitama Super Arena.

    "It just comes down to a lot of hard work over the summer," Lewis said. "I am one of the go-to guys on this team and it all comes down to making the right decisions and not making bad shots."

    Lewis made 18 of 25 shots from the field, including going 4-for-7 from 3-point range, and was 10-of-13 at the foul line. His previous career high was 37 points, set last season against Washington.

    "Obviously, it was not a good game for us," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Rashard Lewis had an incredible game. We tried to double-team him late but he got hot and stayed hot all game."

    Ronald Murray had 22 points, and Brent Barry added 14 for Seattle, which had five scorers in double figures.

    Seattle used pressure defense to force several turnovers and open up a 17-point lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game.

    "Defense was a big key," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "We didn't play well defensively in the first half when we scored 66 points but gave up 58. We talked about that at the break and improved a lot in the second half."

    Corey Maggette led the Clippers with 26 points, and Quentin Richardson was next with 19 points and seven rebounds.

    Los Angeles forward Elton Brand sustained a hairline fracture in his right foot during the season-opening loss on Thursday and is expected to be out four to six weeks.

    Seattle made the trip to Japan without three-time All-Star guard Ray Allen, who has an injured ankle. He was scheduled to have surgery on Saturday in Los Angeles.

    Marko Jaric made a 3-pointer to pull the Clippers within one point late in the second quarter, but Lewis came back with two 3-pointers as the Sonics took a 66-58 lead at the half.

    Seattle's high all last season in the first half was 63.

    Unlike Thursday's game, both teams started quickly. Lewis scored 15 points, and the Sonics grabbed a 35-30 lead after the first quarter.

    This is the sixth time the NBA has played regular-season games in Japan, but the first since 1999 when Minnesota faced Sacramento at Tokyo Dome.

    Game notes

    Lewis set the mark for the most points in an NBA game in Japan. Portland's Clyde Drexler scored 41 in Japan in 1994. Lewis broke the mark with a fadeaway jumper with 7:08 left in the final quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 124 105
    FGM-FGA 46-86 (.535) 36-89 (.404)
    3PM-3PA 9-26 (.346) 8-21 (.381)
    FTM-FTA 23-29 (.793) 25-30 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-42 16-43
    Assists 27 23
    Turnovers 12 16
    Steals 7 6
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 3 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 25 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 50
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Corey Maggette Maggette
    Points: 26
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0