SEATTLE (AP) -- Vitaly Potapenko is fitting in, and the Seattle
SuperSonics are taking off.
It was Potapenko's fifth straight start -- all wins.
"When I first got in the lineup early this year, it was bad
body language," said Potapenko, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds
in Friday's win at New Orleans. "I wasn't comfortable when I was
on the floor. Now, I'm more familiar with the positions."
"We'll try to make the playoffs if we can, but we're only going
to rely on ourselves," Radmanovic said. "We can't wait for other
teams to lose and see if we get in. We just want to play good
basketball until the end of the season, whenever it is."
"Brent did a good job moving the ball but really didn't look
for his offense," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said.
Barry's importance to Seattle's surge can't be overlooked. He
left in the second period so trainers could wrap two fingers on his
left hand because of a strained middle finger.
He returned to play, just as he did after missing six weeks with
a broken index finger on his right hand. Seattle is 5-2 since Barry
rejoined the team on March 9.
"Brent is a big key for this team," Radmanovic said. "When
he's in the game, everything goes much smoother. He's back and he's
hungry. The energy he's giving us right now is key to our
"We had some looks but we just didn't get it done on the
offensive end," Magic coach Johnny Davis said. "Defensively, I
thought we were OK. We held them to 84 points but we couldn't
generate enough on our end to make it a game."
It was the 17th straight road loss for the Magic against the
Orlando lost its fifth straight and played again without Tracy
McGrady. He's attending his great-grandmother's funeral, and the
Magic aren't likely to improve the NBA's worst record at 19-53
The Sonics led by 16 points early in the second quarter and
50-39 at halftime, but Orlando rallied in the third. Howard scored
six points in an 11-5 run that cut the margin to 55-50.
Lewis scored the next seven points for Seattle, with Barry
giving him several outstanding feeds. He found Lewis for an
alley-oop that gave the Sonics a 62-52 lead with three minutes left
in the third.
That's when the Magic went flat, going without a field goal from
Gooden's jumper with 1:07 remaining in the third until he tipped in
a missed shot with 6:17 to play.
"Tonight wasn't the night to make shots," Orlando's DeShawn
Stevenson said. "They weren't falling and we looked pretty bad out
Stevenson made two free throws early in the fourth, but that was
the extent of Orlando's scoring through the first six minutes of
the final period.
The Sonics slowly stretched the lead to 75-58. Radmanovic hit a
3-pointer and put down a dunk as Seattle opened the fourth quarter
with an 11-2 run, then coasted the rest of the way.
The Magic have been assured a losing record since Feb. 17.
Orlando has had three losing streaks of at least six games. ... The
teams have split their last 16 meetings. ... Seattle's previous
homecourt win Feb. 22 over Boston.