Daniels scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, Barry
added 17 points and the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Golden State
Warriors 103-87 Thursday night.
Seattle looked great after coming off a woeful 1-3 Eastern road
"We had 25 assists, which meant we were moving the ball,"
coach Nate McMillan said. "We shot 25 free throws, which tells me
we were aggressive with the ball. That's what we want."
"Stay out of foul trouble and be a defensive stopper in the
middle," James said, outlining his role. "I was able to do that.
I feel good about it and thankful we came away with a victory."
Golden State's 35.9 percent shooting was barely better than its
season low of 33 percent. For much of the night it seemed the
Warriors, coming off a 106-102 road loss to the Los Angeles
Clippers, would never crack 30 percent.
"I thought the Sonics did a great job defensively," Golden
State coach Eric Musselman said.
"We got in late. We played guys a lot of minutes last night,"
he added. "We just didn't have it tonight."
"When things start going south for us, we don't dig in and play
harder on the defensive end," Clifford Robinson said. "We tend to
get down and you can't win games like that."
Barry and Lewis never left the bench in the final period.
The Sonics had won eight of 10 before going into a slide last
week in which they lost five of six games. This time, they had
things going right from the opening tip and never looked back.
"We jumped on them early," Barry said. "We knew they played
last night. Our focus was to come in and execute early, not just
because of what the Warriors did last night but to get some
confidence back in our club."
Allen hit his first jumper, followed in short order by a
3-pointer from Lewis and a layup by Barry. Just more than a minute
into the first quarter, Musselman needed to call a timeout.
Seattle used a 20-8 run over the last half of the opening
period, holding the Warriors scoreless for several lengthy spans --
including one that lasted 3:32 while their deficit grew from 18-10
The Sonics got off to a good start defensively, too, with James
blocking four shots and grabbing nine rebounds in the first
"We need him to play well," McMillan said. "Anytime he plays
well, it gives us something solid down in the paint."
Golden State shot 20 percent in the opening period and never
The Warriors trailed 51-35 at halftime and matched baskets with
the Sonics through the third quarter. They never got closer than
63-47 after Claxton made two free throws near the 5-minute mark.
"We haven't had a lot of times going into the locker room where
we've been up by a significant number," Barry said. "This was one
of those games where we really needed to get on top of our opponent
and stay on top."
It was all garbage time from there, highlighted by Daniels
sweeping across the lane for a dunk to start Seattle's
"We were attacking the rim," Daniels said. "We're trying to
make things happen. Everybody was extremely aggressive."
Daniels shot 8-of-11 and Barry was 6-of-9. ... Golden State
fell to 4-18 on the road. ... Golden State's Calbert Cheaney was
questionable with a sprained right ankle but scored six points in
24 minutes. ... James and Calvin Booth, both centers, started
together for the third time this season. ... McMillan is six
victories from 150 in his four-year coaching career.