NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Seattle
(Friday, November 26th)
Final Score: Seattle 92, New Jersey 79
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Danny Fortson scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench to lead Seattle to a 92-79 wire-to-wire victory over New Jersey at KeyArena.
Ray Allen added 19 points for the SuperSonics, who have won 12 of their last 13 games.
"New Jersey is a team we do not like to play because they get up in your face," said Fortson.
Richard Jefferson tallied 21 points and seven boards for the struggling Nets, who dropped their eighth straight game. New Jersey has dropped 14 of its last 16 in the Emerald City.
The Sonics got off to a quick start, leading 21-8 after the opening quarter, and they cruised to the victory. Seattle ended the first frame on a 14-3 run to grab the 13-point advantage.
Seattle led by as many as 21 on three separate occasions in the second quarter. Rashard Lewis capped off a 14-7 run on a free throw with just over two minutes left to make it a 43-22 affair.
The Sonics also led 45-24 before taking a 48-27 advantage into the intermission.
New Jersey won the third quarter, 24-15, but could never get closer than six. Jason Collins completed a 15-2 run on a foul shot with 3:24 left to cut the deficit to 53-47.
Seattle posted 10 of the final 14 points of the quarter to take a 63-51 edge into the final 12 minutes.
New Jersey never got within single digits in the final frame.
Seattle only shot 40 percent from the field, but forced 18 turnovers and held the Nets to 39 percent shooting.
"They changed their philosophy without Jason Kidd," said Reggie Evans. "They slow it down and that makes it hard for us to run."
Seattle, which will wrap up a two-game homestand on Sunday against the depleted Indiana Pacers, is a perfect 6-0 at home this season.
The Sonics also defeated the Nets earlier in the season...The Nets are 1-3 away from home this season...The eight points tied a franchise record for least amount of points in the first quarter...Lewis finished with nine points and it was the first time in 14 games this season that Lewis failed to score double-digits.
11/27 01:30:05 ET