Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/16

Game 1: Friday, December 16th
Trail Blazers99
Game 2: Monday, January 30th
Trail Blazers116Final
Game 3: Sunday, April 2nd
Trail Blazers83Final
Game 4: Friday, April 7th
Trail Blazers108

Trail Blazers 83

(20-53, 6-31 away)

SuperSonics 122

(30-43, 19-18 home)

    6:00 PM ET, April 2, 2006

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 19 16 20 2883
    SEA 34 33 24 31122

    Top Performers

    Por: J. Przybilla 6 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 9 Blk

    Sea: R. Allen 24 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Sonics send Blazers to 11th straight loss in blowout

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Portland and Seattle are the bottom two teams in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers looked nowhere near the SuperSonics' class Sunday night.

    Ray Allen scored 24 points to lead six Seattle players in double figures and the Sonics handed Portland its 11th straight defeat, 122-83.

    The 39-point difference was Seattle's largest margin of victory since a 38-point win over San Antonio on April 18, 2001. Seattle led by as many as 42, and kept the Trail Blazers winless since beating Phoenix at home on March 12.

    "What I saw from my team out on the court, you shouldn't see that in basketball," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "They basically had their way with us tonight."

    Portland, on its third-longest skid overall in franchise history, also lost its 12th on the road since a win at Charlotte on Feb. 13.

    Afterward, McMillan classified the loss as Portland's worst performance of the season and called a players-only meeting immediately following. McMillan said it was the first players-only meeting this year and yelling could be heard outside the Portland locker room.

    "We just got some things off our chest as a team," Portland's Joel Przybilla said. "It's everyone. We're all frustrated. Anytime you lose ... it's not fun."

    Allen made seven of 13 shots, including three 3-pointers to pull within three of Dale Ellis for second place in NBA history for made 3s. Allen now has 1,716 in his career. He also had six rebounds and six assists.

    Earl Watson scored a season-high 23, including six 3s. Damien Wilkins scored 20 and Chris Wilcox had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

    The only downside for Seattle was word that center Johan Petro broke his nose after catching an elbow from Przybilla midway through the third quarter.

    "Our defense was clearly the best it's been all season long," Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "We got a lot of points off our defense and that was pretty much it. We took care of business."

    While the Pacific Northwest neighbors are at the bottom of the Western Conference, their play in the last month has been strikingly opposite. Since the end of February and the acquisition of Wilcox and Watson, Seattle has gone 9-7, while Portland is 2-15 during the same stretch.

    Seattle never trailed and the only tie was at 2-2. Otherwise, it was complete domination by the Sonics.

    The Sonics scored 67 points in the first half and shot 65 percent. Seattle's 32-point halftime lead was one-point off its largest lead at any time in a game this season.

    It was a much more disappointing return for McMillan than his first trip back to Emerald City, where he was a player and coach with the Sonics for 19 seasons. On Jan. 30, the Blazers scored a season-high in points in a 116-111 win over the Sonics in Seattle.

    "We've talked about what we need to do to finish the season and we can't just forfeit these games," McMillan said. "They just came out right from the start and jumped on us. We made some of those guys look like stars."

    Sunday, Portland struggled to make anything, shooting 33 percent in the first half and 39 percent for the game. Leading scorer Zach Randolph played just 14 minutes, was 2-for-10 shooting and scored five points, the third time in the last six games he's scored five or less.

    McMillan said he was told by Randolph and trainer Jay Jensen that Randolph had a sore knee and didn't play in the second half.

    About the only bright spots for Portland came from Sebastian Telfair and Przybilla.

    Telfair wasn't expected to play as McMillan continued to rotate playing time late in the season among his glut of guards. Telfair entered in the second quarter and scored 14 points in 22 minutes. Przybilla had nine blocked shots, tying a franchise record for most in a game.

    "Tonight as a team we went out and didn't give any effort," Telfair said.

    Seattle native Martell Webster scored 14 playing for the first time in his hometown.

    The Sonics played without forward Rashard Lewis who is still bothered by a sprained right ankle. His replacement was more than adequate, as Wilkins made his first five shots and scored 15 points in the first half.

    Game notes

    Seattle C Robert Swift played with a protective mask for the first time since breaking his nose in practice in late February. ... McMillan received warm ovation during pregame introductions, as did Webster.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 122
    FGM-FGA 30-77 (.390) 44-83 (.530)
    3PM-3PA 3-13 (.231) 11-17 (.647)
    FTM-FTA 20-26 (.769) 23-25 (.920)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-31 10-52
    Assists 14 26
    Turnovers 11 14
    Steals 7 3
    Blocks 11 1
    Fast Break Points 14 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 42

    Top Performers

    Joel Przybilla Przybilla
    Points: 6
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 9
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 24
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0