Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Tuesday, November 15th
SuperSonics99Final
Nets109
Game 2: Saturday, January 28th
Nets104Final
SuperSonics113

Nets 104

(22-20, 10-14 away)

SuperSonics 113

(18-25, 10-12 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 28, 2006

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 27 20 29 28104
    SEA 24 30 29 30113

    Top Performers

    New Jersey: R. Jefferson 36 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Seattle: R. Allen 35 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Allen scores 35 as Sonics hold off Nets in Seattle

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Ray Allen came through with his usual clutch shooting, and second-year center Robert Swift left his coach and teammates impressed.

    Allen scored 35 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and Swift added 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Seattle SuperSonics held off the New Jersey Nets 113-104 on Saturday night.

    "I told him, 'What you did tonight, we expect that of you from here on out," Allen said about his postgame conversation with Swift.

    Since Swift was inserted into the starting lineup last Sunday at Phoenix, Seattle is 3-1 and Swift has averaged 10 points and nine rebounds.

    Meanwhile, the Nets are headed in the other direction. New Jersey finished its road trip 0-4 and has lost seven of the last eight on the road. The only win in that stretch came at Philadelphia on Jan. 18.

    Richard Jefferson led the Nets with a season-high 36 points, but New Jersey couldn't rally from a big deficit for the second straight night, despite Vince Carter's return from a sore back.

    The Nets trailed Seattle by 15 in the third quarter and were down 20 to Portland on Friday night before losing 88-83.

    "We just couldn't put together any stop," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "They scored on all their crucial possessions."

    Luke Ridnour continued his outstanding play in coach Bob Hill's system. Ridnour missed Thursday's game against Dallas with a sprained left knee, but scored 20 points and handed out 13 assists on Saturday, his sixth double-double of the season.

    Ridnour was averaging 18 points in his last seven games and has topped 20 points in four of the last eight.

    "(Hill's) system has been better. We're getting the ball out and running more and that always helps," Ridnour said.

    The Nets were within 93-92 after two free throws from Carter with 5:35 left. Johan Petro followed Ridnour's miss with a dunk and Allen sandwiched a jumper and 3-pointer around Jefferson's miss for a 100-94 Seattle lead.

    New Jersey got within four, but Ridnour's three-point play with 2:42 left put Seattle back ahead 105-98. Carter scored six straight trying to keep the Nets close, but Allen added a jumper and two free throws, before Carter turned the ball over with 52 seconds left and the Nets down 109-102.

    Carter finished with 29 points on 11 of 19 shooting after missing Friday's game with a sore back. Nenad Krstic had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but Jason Kidd struggled, shooting 1-of-10 and finished with five points.

    "I was just trying to be aggressive and get to the hole," said Carter, who scored 10 in the fourth quarter.

    Rashard Lewis scored 15 and Vladimir Radmanovic added 11 points for Seattle. He missed Thursday's game with a sprained right foot.

    It was the contributions from Petro and Swift that proved important. The two combined for 22 points and 18 rebounds.

    "That's by far the best our two 7-footers have played. When they have 22 points and 18 rebounds we have to all be proud of that kind of production," Hill said. "And that was against a good team."

    Carter hurt his lower back Monday in an 89-78 loss to Utah and reaggravated it in a 90-77 loss Wednesday to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    He started and played very well in the first half. He scored on his first attempt when Swift was called for goaltending. He then made a fallaway 19-footer and shot 6-of-8 in the first half.

    Against the Clippers, Carter hit just one shot from the field to finish with a season-low three points. He left the game with 2:25 to go in the third quarter.

    "The first two minutes were the toughest," Carter said. "I was tired."

    Seattle pushed its lead to 10 starting the second half, trying to put away the fatigued Nets. Jefferson scored on a three-point play with 8:46 left in the third, but Seattle went on a 10-2 run, capped by Swift beating the Nets downcourt for a transition layup and a 72-57 lead with 5:52 left in the third.

    With Allen and Lewis resting, New Jersey made a run with its starters on the floor. The Nets closed the quarter on a 14-7 spurt to get within 83-76 after three.

    Game notes


    Seattle signed G Mateen Cleaves to a 10-day contract before Saturday's game. Cleaves was released by the Sonics on Jan. 4. ... New Jersey has lost five of its last six in Seattle. ... Swift was called for goaltending twice, both times giving the Nets' three-point play opportunities.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NJ
    SEA
    Points 104 113
    FGM-FGA 39-85 (.459) 42-79 (.532)
    3PM-3PA 4-20 (.200) 8-19 (.421)
    FTM-FTA 22-30 (.733) 21-27 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-38 11-42
    Assists 19 23
    Turnovers 12 13
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 13 24
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 28 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 9 15

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Seattle
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 36
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 35
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0