Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/5

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

SuperSonics 94

(21-6, 10-3 away)

Hawks 79

(5-23, 3-13 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    2:00 PM ET, December 30, 2004

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 26 35 23 1094
    ATL 22 22 19 1679

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Lewis 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Atl: A. Walker 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    James, Fortson tossed from win

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Ray Allen didn't like watching Jerome James and Danny Fortson lose their tempers.

    Allen scored 20 points and Rashard Lewis added 17 as the Seattle SuperSonics overcame the ejections of James and Fortson to beat the Atlanta Hawks 94-79 Thursday.

    "We're beating them by 20, then that's not a game where we can screw around and screw off the last quarter," Allen said. "We have to get better for tomorrow night. And those big guys have to understand what's happening."

    The Sonics improved to 21-6, including 10-3 on the road.

    Official Bob Delaney ejected James after giving the center his first technical foul with 7:14 left in the third quarter. James, called for an offensive foul, appeared to use an expletive as he looked at Delaney.

    "I think they were just having a bad day and decided to call some crap on us," James said of the officials.

    With 6:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, Fortson complained about contact on Seattle's offensive end and was tossed by Delaney.

    "Officials are going to make calls, and you're not going to change it," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We've got to be smarter than that, not allow that to creep into a good game. I'll stand up when I feel we're playing aggressive, playing right. But in a situation like that, there's nothing you can do. I know we know better."

    The Hawks, who dropped to an Eastern Conference-worst 5-23, have lost eight of nine. Antoine Walker led Atlanta with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

    "Our defense -- we just can't trade buckets," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "Early, we were trading back and forth, and they just got in a rhythm, but we then we couldn't make shots and they got the cushion they needed."

    McMillan called a timeout soon after James' ejection when the Hawks drew within 13 on Walker's tip-in. Allen responded with a 3-pointer from the right wing that began a 15-5 run, including a bank shot over Walker on a fast break.

    The run ended with 1:19 left in the third on Vladimir Radmanovic's 3-pointer for Seattle's biggest lead, 84-61.

    Allen, who entered with a 24.2 scoring average that ranked sixth in the NBA, put the Sonics ahead to stay with a 3-pointer at the 4:32 mark of the first quarter.

    "He is one of those guys that you never really take him out of his game because with his confidence, he's always going to shoot the ball," Atlanta's Al Harrington said. "A lot of the shots he took were uncontested, and he made them."

    Reserve Nick Collison pulled down 11 rebounds for Seattle. With Antonio Daniels adding 11 points and Collison 10, the Sonics reserves outscored Atlanta 35-23.

    Game notes

    Before the NBA released its 2004-05 schedule, Atlanta spokesman Arthur Triche said the team requested a 2 p.m. tipoff so the team could take advantage of school being out and draw bigger crowd. The Hawks, who held a promotion for family pricing, announced 13,336 tickets sold. ... Daniels fell hard to the floor after Tyronn Lue fouled him. Daniels remained in the game. ... The Sonics are 6-2 in their last eight games against Atlanta. ... Hawks G Kenny Anderson didn't play for the first time this season. ... James had three of his five turnovers in the third quarter. ...The Sonics play at Charlotte on Friday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 79
    FGM-FGA 35-75 (.467) 31-80 (.388)
    3PM-3PA 9-17 (.529) 6-18 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 15-20 (.750) 11-19 (.579)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-41 17-42
    Assists 18 17
    Turnovers 16 14
    Steals 6 3
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 10 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 23 3

    Top Performers

    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 19
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2