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Sacramento's four-game win streak snapped

1/8/2004

SEATTLE (AP) -- A little extra work on the practice court paid
dividends for Vladimir Radmanovic.

Radmanovic scored 21 points, and Ray Allen had 10 of his 22
points in the second quarter Wednesday night to lead the Seattle
SuperSonics to a 104-93 victory that snapped Sacramento's four-game
winning streak.

Antonio Daniels scored a season-high 19 points, Ronald Murray
had 15 and Rashard Lewis 11. Allen added nine assists for the
Sonics, who have won five of their last six -- the only loss in that
stretch coming last weekend to the Kings.

Seattle had only 10 turnovers and outscored the Kings 20-11 on
the break.

"Playing with focus, playing with an attitude, not being
focused on individual goals and stats or playing time," Sonics
coach Nate McMillan said, citing the keys. "I told them tonight we
needed a solid performance to win this game, and I thought we got
it."

Radmanovic shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range in the first half when
the Sonics built a 61-54 lead. He finished 5-of-9 on 3-pointers and
8-of-13 overall after a minor adjustment to his shot.

"I was struggling with the shot last month. It probably was the
hardest month of my life," said Radmanovic, who scored 21 points
on 8-of-14 shooting in Monday's win over Portland.

"You're shooting, you're wide open and it's not going in.
Luckily, I found a way to go over it. The last two games, my shot
really felt good," he said.

Peja Stojakovic and Mike Bibby each scored 19 to lead the Kings,
while Doug Christie and Bobby Jackson had 13 apiece and Brad Miller
scored 12.

Sacramento is the NBA's highest-scoring team at 105.3 points a
game, but the travel-weary Kings never their got their game going
in the second half.

Sacramento was playing its fourth game in five nights and had
trouble getting to Seattle after a fierce winter storm dropped
several inches of snow followed by overnight freezing rain. The
Kings had planned to be in town Tuesday night but arrived at 3:30
p.m., just 3{ hours before tipoff.

"It's part of what happens," coach Rick Adelman said. "You
certainly can't blame this game on that. We talked before tipoff
that we'd have to fight through that. We just made a lot of
mistakes and they had more energy."

The Sonics improved to 6-2 since Allen returned Dec. 23 from
surgery to remove a bone chip in his right ankle. Allen redeemed
himself somewhat after shooting 4-of-12 and scoring eight points in
Sunday's 130-99 loss at Sacramento.

"That last Sacramento game was a little bit of an eye-opener,"
Allen said.

The Kings looked gassed when the Sonics used a 14-4 run midway
through the second quarter to break a 37-37 tie. Late in the third,
Murray had a clear lane for a drive-and-dunk that gave Seattle an
80-68 lead.

The Sonics made their own breaks. They had two seconds on the
shot clock when there was a media timeout early in the fourth, and
Lewis hit a 3-pointer when play resumed.

After a Sacramento turnover, Murray added another 3-pointer to
give Seattle a 96-78 lead with 7:58 to play. The Kings couldn't
catch up, not after shooting 3-for-10 from the floor to start the
fourth quarter.

"When we don't get it going offensively, we give up too many
easy baskets at the other end," Adelman said. "We give up layups
and wide-open shots. Our transition defense has been a problem all
year long."

Game notes
There were only two officials in the second half after
referee Joe DeRosa sprained his right ankle. ... Sonics coach Nate
McMillan started C Calvin Booth, penalizing Jerome James for
arriving late to shootaround. ... Bret Boone, the Seattle Mariners'
Gold Glove and All-Star second baseman, had a courtside seat and
threw T-shirts into the crowd during a fourth-quarter break in
play. ... Adelman was whistled for a technical foul early in the
fourth.