Terry scored 23 points and Ratliff was a shot-blocking menace as
the Atlanta Hawks topped the Sonics 91-81 on Sunday night.
Terry, who grew up in Seattle, led the way as all five Atlanta
starters reached double-digit scoring. He scored 14 of his points
in the first half, shot 7-of-13 from the field -- including 4-of-7
from 3-point range.
Stephen Jackson had 15 points, Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 14
points and 11 rebounds, and Dion Glover scored 13 points for
Atlanta. The Hawks won their first road game after losing their
first four away from home.
Ratliff added 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.
``When you have a shot blocker and a shot changer in the paint,
it makes a big difference,'' Hawks coach Terry Stotts said. ``I
thought Theo was terrific in the paint.''
The Sonics shot a mere 37.8 percent from the field. Because of
their struggles in getting the ball past Ratliff on the inside,
they put it up from long range. That didn't work either. Seattle
was a miserable 1-of-18 from 3-point range.
Ronald Murray scored 24 points in his fourth start in place of
the injured Ray Allen. It matched his career high, which he's
reached three times this season. Rashard Lewis, who entered with a
league-leading 32 points per game, was held to 16 for Seattle.
``We knew we couldn't go 82-0, but we set the tone as to how
this game was going to be played in the first three or four minutes
of the ballgame,'' Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. ``We had five
turnovers early in the quarter. We wanted to play fast, but we
don't want to turn the ball over.''
Terry was beaming after the game, mentioning that he had about
75 friends and family in attendance.
``We never trailed in this one,'' Terry said. ``It felt great.
We needed it as a team to build our confidence.''
The Hawks led by as many as 24 when Jackson's 3-pointer put them
ahead 69-45 with 6:25 to play in the third quarter. The Sonics made
a 10-2 run over the final 2:41 of the quarter to close Atlanta's
lead to 75-61.
The first half was filled with sloppy play as the teams combined
for 22 turnovers. Lewis scored 10 of his points in the quarter, but
the Sonics shot only 27.7 percent from the field in the first half.
Barry was called for a foul, and then Lewis received a technical
foul for complaining to the officials. Terry made the technical
free throw, and Vaughn split his two free-throw attempts and
increased Atlanta's lead to 52-35. The Hawks led 52-37 at halftime.
``We beat them at their own game tonight,'' Glover said.
``Everyone just played great.''
Notes: Ratliff, the league leader in blocks in two of the last
three seasons, has 33 in just seven games. ... Atlanta G Dan Dickau
was activated from the injured list on Saturday and made his first
appearance of the season. He played the final 1:04 and missed his
only shot. ... Barry's assist on Murray's jumper at 8:55 of the
first quarter was the 2,000th of his career. On Friday, Barry came
up with his 700th steal.