Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Saturday, November 15th
Game 2: Monday, February 2nd

Bulls 97

(13-36, 5-20 away)

SuperSonics 109

(23-23, 14-11 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 2, 2004

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 26 28 18 2597
    SEA 33 21 28 27109

    Top Performers

    Chi: J. Crawford 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sea: R. Allen 27 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast

    12-2 third-quarter run turns tide for Sonics

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Ray Allen had his stroke back.

    Allen scored 11 of his 27 points in the third quarter and Antonio Daniels added 10 points and 12 assists, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 109-97 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

    It was tied at 54 at halftime, but Allen put the Sonics ahead right away with a 3-pointer and an off-balance jumper. Rashard Lewis added a 3-pointer and Seattle opened the second half with a 12-2 burst that swung the game.

    Allen missed 25 games to start the season after surgery to remove a bone chip from his right ankle. He has learned to deal with the nuisance left over, whether it's from scar tissue or some other minor problem.

    "In your mind, you expect a certain thing to happen with your body and you start separating yourself from that surgery," Allen said. "I just look for the day when I walk on the floor and I don't worry about anything."

    Lewis and Vladimir Radmanovic each scored 20, with rookie Luke Ridnour added 12. Allen shot 11-for-16, picking up his accuracy after going a combined 19-of-55 in the three previous games.

    Seattle shot 15-of-36 from 3-point range, a solid 41 percent.

    "The No. 1 thing we wanted to try to do is stop their 3s," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said. "We failed at that right from the beginning. We were really, really soft on them from the perimeter."

    The Sonics snapped a three-game losing streak, just the boost they needed after losing close games to Dallas and Sacramento last week. Seattle improved to 8-12 against the East, avoiding a tendency to play poorly against teams with losing records.

    "This was a must-win to me," Daniels said. "We need to start winning these games we're supposed to win in the second half of the season. In the first half, we let some of these go."

    Jamal Crawford, who grew up in Seattle, led the Bulls with 31 points, while Eddy Curry had 25 and Eddie Robinson 14.

    But the Bulls were overmatched from the start of the second half. They didn't do much to help themselves, either, getting a technical foul for calling a late timeout when they had none.

    Chicago lost its fifth straight, all coming on the current seven-game road trip. The Bulls dropped to 1-20 against Western Conference opponents after losing for the 11th time in 12 games.

    Crawford, who has scored in double figures 30 of the last 36 games, put on a good show for his hometown fans. He awed the crowd with a catch-and-dunk off the backboard for a three-point play in the third quarter.

    Skiles said Crawford's offense was fabulous, but his defense was poor.

    "I definitely agree with him," Crawford said. "Ray Allen's an All-Star and you've got to pay better attention to him. You can't let him get even a second of daylight."

    Crawford's free throw cut Seattle's lead to 73-64, and it was 76-70 after he made two free throws with 3:38 to play in the third. But the Sonics used a 10-4 run to open the fourth quarter to blow things open.

    Richie Frahm, activated from the injured list Monday, had a basket and Ridnour added a jumper and a finger-roll before Radmanovic hit a 3-pointer to make it 92-76 with 8:43 remaining.

    Scottie Pippen scored two points in eight minutes, all in the first quarter, then spent the second period with his knee wrapped in ice. The pack came off in the second half but he never left his chair.

    Game notes

    Chicago C Tyson Chandler was ejected after being whistled for his second technical foul late in the third quarter. ... Sonics coach Nate McMillan, in his third full season, is four wins from career coaching victory No. 150. ... Bulls F Corie Blount, nursing a bruised left knee, didn't suit up.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 109
    FGM-FGA 38-78 (.487) 40-84 (.476)
    3PM-3PA 6-18 (.333) 15-36 (.417)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 14-19 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-37 11-35
    Assists 21 34
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 7 6
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (4/0) 19 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 31
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 27
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0