Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/4

Game 1: Sunday, January 4th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 7th
Game 3: Saturday, January 31st
Game 4: Tuesday, February 3rd

Kings 93

(24-9, 6-7 away)

SuperSonics 104

(18-15, 10-8 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 7, 2004

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 32 22 17 2293
    SEA 27 34 21 22104

    Top Performers

    Sac: B. Miller 12 Pts, 17 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

    Sea: R. Allen 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sacramento's four-game win streak snapped

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 104
    FGM-FGA 32-85 (.376) 40-91 (.440)
    3PM-3PA 6-25 (.240) 12-32 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 23-28 (.821) 12-16 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-50 12-48
    Assists 24 24
    Turnovers 13 11
    Steals 5 10
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 4 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (2/1) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 12
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 22
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0