"We have to get better. We have to start doing some things
better to continue to win," SuperSonics coach Nate McMillan said.
"We're not happy with just winning these games. It's a way we want
to win. We're working hard and doing some good things, but to beat
those good teams in the NBA you've got to have consistency in your
defensive effort, your halfcourt execution, because teams will find
ways to slow you down. We're finding ways to win games."
Antonio Daniels scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter
for the surprising SuperSonics, who have won nine straight for the
first time since January 1997. Seattle improved to 3-0 on a
six-game, 10-day road trip.
"I'm extremely happy, but we have another game Sunday and we
don't want to get too comfortable and too satisfied," Lewis said.
"A lot of teams are going to pay more attention to us."
The SuperSonics began the night leading the NBA in 3-point
accuracy. They went 10-for-19 from behind the arc against Toronto.
Vince Carter had 21 points for the Raptors, losers of five
Fans loudly booed Carter during introductions and almost every
time he touched the ball. Carter asked for a trade this summer, and
his agent traveled to Toronto on Friday to meet with Raptors
general manager Rob Babcock, who is reportedly involved in trade
talks with Portland.
"I don't know what's going on, I still don't," Carter said.
"It's weird, they boo you, then you make a shot, they cheer, so
that's why I'm happy."
Carter is averaging a career-low 15.6 points. Teammate Jalen
Rose spent the previous night thinking about getting traded.
"We had a ton of guys calling each other last night, saying we
hope we don't get traded or that this isn't our last game," Rose
Rose called Carter when he first heard about the possible deal.
"I just see myself as a throw-in in the whole situation. Every
time I hear my name it's just about my salary and throwing me in
the trade just to make it go through," said Rose, who has three
years and more than $45 million left on his contract. "You've got
to keep your phone lines open, and keep the moving company on
Seattle's Danny Fortson capped a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter
with an uncontested layup to make it 89-77 with 4:59 left.
Toronto's Rafer Alston followed with a 3-pointer, and Chris Bosh
dunked to cut the lead to seven points, but Lewis followed with a
jumper and Allen converted a 3-point play to give Seattle a
12-point with 3:26 left.
Matt Bonner's layup cut it to five with 47 seconds remaining,
but Daniels made four free throws in the final 29 seconds to seal
The Raptors host San Antonio on Sunday. ... Seattle
outrebounded Toronto 44-34. ... Toronto started the season with
three wins, but is 1-5 since.