Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Wednesday, January 11th
Game 2: Friday, February 24th

Magic 104

(13-20, 4-11 away)

SuperSonics 113

(15-20, 9-9 home)

7:00 PM ET, January 11, 2006

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 T
ORL 21 26 19 38104
SEA 31 25 28 29113

Top Performers

Orl: J. Nelson 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Sea: R. Lewis 45 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Lewis scores 45 as Sonics, without Allen, stop Magic 

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle didn't have leading scorer Ray Allen. The SuperSonics still had Rashard Lewis.

Lewis scored a season-high 45 points and the Sonics overcame Allen's ejection for a 113-104 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Lewis was outstanding, finishing 12-of-18 from the field and 17-of-20 from the free-throw line. It was his best game since scoring 41 in an overtime win against Toronto in November, and Seattle improved to 13-5 when Lewis scores 20 or more points.

"That's about as efficient as you can be in the NBA," said Seattle coach Bob Hill, who picked up his second win since taking over for Bob Weiss on Jan. 3. "Rashard did what players of his caliber do."

In Seattle's 15 wins, Lewis is averaging 27 points, and he was just five points off his career high of 50 set in 2003.

"It came across my mind," Lewis said. "But the main focus was getting the win. We need as many wins as we can get right now."

Luke Ridnour picked up the slack in Allen's absence, making 9 of 16 shots and finished with a career-high 23 points, topping the 20-point mark for just the second time in his career.

The Sonics played much of the game without Allen, who was ejected for fighting with Orlando's Keyon Dooling with 10:53 left in the second quarter.

After Jameer Nelson missed for the Magic, Allen pulled down the rebound and replays showed that he caught a glancing blow in the chin from Dooling.

At the other end, the two collided as Seattle ran a set play and Allen appeared to give Dooling a short elbow to the chest before running along the baseline. Dooling went running at Allen and pushed him to the ground. Allen got up and tackled Dooling into the first row of seats along the sideline and onto some fans.

"You get in the heat of the battle and sometimes situations aren't handled the way they should be," Dooling said. "I think that was an example of that tonight."

The two briefly scuffled and television replays showed Dooling throwing a punch at Allen that did not connect. The two were eventually separated with Orlando's Stacey Augmon pulling Allen away from Dooling.

Underneath the stands, Dooling briefly ran toward the Sonics locker room and was seen yelling at Allen, but team officials and police kept the two apart.

Allen was not available after the game and most of his teammates deferred comment.

"Sometimes you don't think, you just react," Dooling said. "I wish I could take it back. I feel bad for the fans that participated in it and for the kids that had to see it."

Nelson led the Magic with a career-high 32 points off the bench. Hedo Turkoglu added 16, but was no match for Lewis defensively, and fouled out with 3:22 left.

"We didn't want to double team a lot because of their perimeter shooting and Rashard was a tough matchup for us tonight," Orlando coach Brian Hill said.

DeShawn Stevenson added 15 for Orlando, which dropped its sixth straight road game.

Leading 56-47 at halftime, the Sonics closed the third quarter on a 14-7 run to take an 18-point lead. Lewis scored 11 during the spurt and had 33 points after three quarters.

"I knew I was going to have to be a lot more aggressive," said Lewis. "If not getting myself shots, but getting my teammates open shots. I knew I had to step up big."

Orlando trimmed the deficit to 94-85 on Nelson's three-point play and a free throw from Dwight Howard with 6:45 left.

After exchanging misses, Nelson blocked Ridnour's shot, but Nick Collison grabbed the ball out of midair and made a 14-footer as the shot clock expired to put Seattle up 96-85 with 5:24 to play.

Ronald Murray then came up with a steal for Seattle, and Ridnour made a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 4:48 left to put Seattle up 14.

Vladimir Radmanovic added 17 for Seattle. Howard had 13 points and 18 rebounds for Orlando.

Dooling was scoreless in three minutes of play, while Allen had just one point in eight minutes.

Game notes

Orlando forward Grant Hill sat out his third straight game with a strained groin. Hill had a precautionary MRI taken on Wednesday and is expected to try and practice on Thursday. ... Seattle was without F Reggie Evans, who was excused from the team to attend a funeral. He was expected to rejoin the team on Thursday. ... Orlando has lost seven of its last eight in Seattle.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 104 113
FGM-FGA 36-69 (.522) 36-69 (.522)
3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 11-19 (.579)
FTM-FTA 28-41 (.683) 30-37 (.811)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-41 10-31
Assists 22 23
Turnovers 18 13
Steals 5 6
Blocks 3 4
Fast Break Points 16 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (2/1) 31 (2/0)
Largest Lead 0 20

Top Performers

Jameer Nelson Nelson
Points: 32
Reb: 3
Ast: 8
Stl: 3
Blk: 1
Rashard Lewis Lewis
Points: 45
Reb: 5
Ast: 2
Stl: 2
Blk: 1