Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Friday, November 5th
Game 2: Thursday, December 30th

Hawks 85

(0-2, 0-2 away)

SuperSonics 106

(1-1, 1-0 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    7:30 PM ET, November 5, 2004

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 23 23 18 2185
    SEA 26 27 26 27106

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Walker 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sea: R. Allen 25 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Seattle pulls away after closing 3rd quarter with 12-2 run

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Forget Rashard Lewis scoring 23 points and throwing down a highlight-reel dunk after a teammate's missed shot.

    His biggest contribution was a career-high five blocked shots. Lewis brought his game at both ends, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 106-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

    "Just hustling, playing hard and being aggressive on the defensive end," he said. "I knew Antoine Walker and Al Harrington were guys they were going to feed off of. I was just roaming around to get my hands on every ball I could."

    Ray Allen scored 25 points and Antonio Daniels added 12 as the Sonics won their home opener for the seventh straight year.

    Walker led the Hawks with 24 points and eight rebounds, but he committed six of Atlanta's 19 turnovers and had only one second-half rebound. Harrington had 14 points and Kenny Anderson 10.

    Both teams were blown out in their openers, each losing by 30. The Hawks went down at Phoenix and the Sonics at the L.A. Clippers.

    "I like the way the team responded," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We knew that we could play a good game and play much better."

    There were times when this matchup lived down to its billing. There were plenty of early-season defensive lapses and sloppy ball-handling. The Sonics committed 15 turnovers and Atlanta had 19.

    "It's a work in progress," Harrington said. "This is only the second game. We've got a lot of new guys who are trying to learn each other. It's going to be a process, but we should be able to win games and not be blown out."

    The difference was that the Sonics made their shots when they needed them and pulled away after halftime. After hitting 37 percent from the floor in Los Angeles, Seattle looked much better by making 50 percent this time.

    They also had more energy.

    "We tried to get as many passes as we could and we really tried to play hard on the defensive end," Lewis said. "We were able to get some stops and get some easy baskets."

    Walker and Harrington wore down in the second half, and Atlanta coach Mike Woodson wondered if he gave them too many minutes. Seattle's big men, though, deserve credit for muscling up on them.

    "They were getting tired," Allen said. "We were throwing bodies on them, pounding and pounding them. Reggie (Evans) and Jerome (James) did a good job. They were solid down low defensively.

    Added Evans: "That's the only way we're going to win. Everybody on our team has got to do their part. Everybody has a role."

    Seattle led 79-64 going into the fourth quarter, closing the third with a 12-2 run. After the Hawks cut it to 65-62 on Peja Drobnjak's basket with 4:21 left in the period, Lewis drove for a bucket, Allen hit a 3-pointer and Lewis made another 3.

    The Sonics kept it going in the fourth, and it was 88-68 after Daniels' two free throws with 9:04 to play.

    Allen got the Sonics off to a good start, too, hitting 7-of-9 for 18 first-half points. He scored 20 on 7-of-18 shooting against the Clippers but this time finished 10-of-16 from the floor.

    "I drafted Ray in Milwaukee," Woodson said. "Ray can score in a variety of ways."

    Game notes

    Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan received a standing ovation when she was introduced in the first half, showing off the team's WNBA championship trophy. ... Atlanta center Kevin Willis started in place of Jason Collier, who missed the first of at least two games with severe bronchitis. Willis, who scored six, is eight games from No. 1,400 in his 20-year NBA career. ... Seattle's first-round draft pick, center Robert Swift, played the final 2:19 in his NBA debut. He got a big cheer when he scored his first point, a free throw with 57.6 seconds on the clock. ... By halftime, James had four blocks and Lewis three.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 106
    FGM-FGA 31-74 (.419) 37-73 (.507)
    3PM-3PA 5-10 (.500) 7-23 (.304)
    FTM-FTA 18-24 (.750) 25-34 (.735)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-28 13-34
    Assists 14 17
    Turnovers 19 15
    Steals 6 11
    Blocks 2 10
    Fast Break Points 1 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 27 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 24
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 25
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0