ATLANTA (AP) -- A sore ankle had Rashard Lewis thinking about
taking the night off. He didn't and it turned out to be a good
Ray Allen scored 33 points and Lewis added 25, including a pair
of key baskets down the stretch to help the Seattle SuperSonics to
a 114-109 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, ending
a four game losing streak.
Seattle, which had lost eight of nine and seven straight on the
road, took the lead for good at 104-101 on a three-point play by
Lewis with 3:55 to play. Lewis, who led both teams with 10
rebounds, added a basket with 1:20 remaining to give the
SuperSonics a 110-105 lead.
Lewis said he told coach Bob Hill that he might not play, but
had a change of heart.
"It was a little stiff, but it started to loosen up as the game
went on," said Lewis.
"It just didn't feel right (not to play). I didn't want anybody
to think I was giving up on my team, the fact that we were losing a
lot of games," he said.
"I honestly thought about it (not playing) last night and all
day today, but I didn't want to leave my team hanging like that. I
just wanted to give some kind of effort, to let them know I'm still
with them," said Lewis, one of Seattle's captains.
The Hawks, who have lost four of five, got to within a point at
110-109 on a 3-point basket by Josh Smith with 40 seconds left, but
Luke Ridnour hit a bucket with 18.7 left for a 112-109 lead and
Atlanta's Joe Johnson missed a 3-point attempt with less than 10
seconds left. Allen added a pair of free throws with a second left
for the final score.
"I just missed it," said Johnson. "I got a great look at it.
Maybe I should have gone for a quick two, but I got a good look at
it, so I took it. It felt good coming out of my hands, but it was a
Chris Wilcox added 16 points for Seattle and Ridnour had 15.
"Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen were really special, and I think
everybody got a chance to see what Wilcox is going to do for us,"
The Hawks managed an 87-86 lead after three quarters, despite 10
points from Lewis.
Atlanta took its first lead at 38-36 on a pair of free throws by
Williams and led 61-59 at the half. Williams and Harrington had 16
points apiece for Atlanta. Allen, Seattle's leading scorer, had 18.
He was 8-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-3 on 3s.
Allen finished 11-for-20, including 5-of-8 on 3's.
The SuperSonics were 25-for-38 (65.8 percent) from the field in
the first half and Atlanta was 24-for-44 (54.5 percent). Seattle
finished the game connecting on 45-of-79 shots (57 percent). The
Hawks closed with 41-of-82 (50 percent).
"We were terrible on defense tonight," said Atlanta's
Harrington. "We didn't get any stops, myself included. WSe allowed
too many layups and dunks. When you play like that, it's hard to
Seattle hit on its first six shots and led after the first
period, 30-26, with Allen scoring 10 points. Atlanta was led by
Williams, who came off the bench for eight points. The SuperSonics
biggest lead was 28-19 after a 9-0 run with just over a minute to
The Hawks and SuperSonics met only one other time this
season, Seattle winning 99-91 at home. Harrington had 26 points for
Atlanta and Damien Wilkins had 26 for Seattle. ... Atlanta has lost
five in a row to Seattle.... The Hawks had a three-game winning
streak at home end.