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
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."
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
"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
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
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.