Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 3/19

Game 1: Friday, March 19th
Game 2: Sunday, April 4th

Hornets 88

(38-39, 14-24 away)

SuperSonics 96

(35-42, 20-19 home)

    Coverage: COX

    6:00 PM ET, April 4, 2004

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 16 24 17 3188
    SEA 28 24 28 1696

    Top Performers

    NO: J. Magloire 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sea: B. Barry 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

    Hornets drop five of last six

    SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics won't make the Western Conference playoffs. Too bad they can't qualify in the East.

    Ray Allen scored 25 points, leading five Seattle players in double figures, and the SuperSonics snapped a four-game losing streak, 96-88 over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night.

    "Our team's not going to quit," said Brent Barry, who had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists. "We want to come out and force the tempo."

    Rashard Lewis scored 14 points. Reggie Evans had 12 rebounds and Ronald Murray and Calvin Booth each scored 12 points.

    The Hornets trailed by 26 points in the third quarter, but rallied in garbage time, pulling to 88-80 with 1:57 to play after a 3-pointer by Maurice Carter, two free throws by David West and a fast-break basket by Shammond Williams.

    "We started to make bad decisions with the ball," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "Our shot selection wasn't that good. Just one play, basically, turned the momentum back to those guys. They were able to get back into the game."

    Allen made a 3-pointer, but New Orleans cut it to 91-84 on a putback by Robert Traylor and two more free throws from West. But the surge came too late, and the Sonics made five free throws in the final 31 seconds to seal the win.

    "I don't think we were great," Allen said. "I think, honestly, we caught them on a bad night."

    Jamaal Magloire led the Hornets with 17 points, while Williams added 14 and David Wesley had 12.

    New Orleans shot only 36 percent and played again without Baron Davis, out with a sprained left ankle, and Jamal Mashburn, on the injured list with an inflamed right knee, missed his 14th straight game.

    "We really struggled shooting the ball," Hornets coach Tim Floyd said. "Magloire picked up two quick fouls and really took our post game away. We missed him defensively and we missed him offensively in the first quarter."

    The Hornets have lost five of six, and they fell for the third time on their current five-game Western Conference road trip. They finish the road swing Tuesday at Sacramento.

    New Orleans hasn't secured a playoff trip yet, but the Hornets should get one despite slipping below .500 at 38-39. They looked nothing like a playoff team, shooting 19 percent in the first quarter and struggling from there.

    "This up and down play we've had the last two weeks, it's not the way you want to go into the postseason," said P.J. Brown, who scored 10 points. "We've got five games to go. We've just got to try to get better and I think we can."

    The Sonics led 28-16 early and they didn't face a serious run until the final period. Lewis scored eight points in his first eight minutes, and Seattle used a 15-8 run over the last 5:43 of the period to pull away.

    If there was any justice, the Seattle SuperSonics would be eligible for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

    "We're not in that situation," McMillan said. "Those guys have the opportunity to be fighting for home-court advantage in the East. Our main focus tonight was to win this game, to play a good game."

    Seattle was eliminated from playoff contention with Friday night's loss to the Lakers.

    Game notes

    Magloire had hit 22 straight free throws until missing in the second quarter. His streak began March 26 against Phoenix. ... Booth started because Vitaly Potapenko was late for the team's shootaround. ... Sonics C Jerome James, out with an abdominal strain, is expected to make the team's Texas road trip this week. ... Seattle swept the season series. The Sonics won 91-80 in New Orleans on March 19, part of a seven-game winning streak.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 96
    FGM-FGA 28-78 (.359) 35-76 (.461)
    3PM-3PA 6-25 (.240) 8-22 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 26-31 (.839) 18-27 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-42 11-43
    Assists 19 22
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 1 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 27 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Jamaal Magloire Magloire
    Points: 17
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Brent Barry Barry
    Points: 14
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0