NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Seattle
(Sunday, January 16th)
Final Score: Seattle 105, Cleveland 97
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen had 27 points and six rebounds and Vladimir Radmanovic added 23 points and 11 boards off the bench as the Seattle SuperSonics topped the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-97.
Luke Ridnour added 18 points for the Sonics, who won for the fourth time in five tries and improved to 15-3 at home this season and 24-1 when allowing less than 100 points.
"They was a guy always on me and it was frustrating at first," said Allen. "They did a good job of defense on me. The fourth quarter is my time. Whether I make a shot or not, I'm going to be heard from. I'm going to have my imprint on the game."
LeBron James had a huge game in a losing cause for the Cavaliers, who fell to 1-2 on their current season-high, six-game road swing. James registered 35 points, five rebounds, five steals and 11 assists.
The Cavaliers led this game 72-63 with 3:35 left in the third quarter, but a 23-7 Seattle run spanning the third and fourth quarters put the Sonics ahead 86-79 with 8:01 remaining.
Later in the fourth, two free throws by Drew Gooden cut the Cavaliers' deficit to 90-86 with 3:13 left in the game. A Radmanovic bucket then restored Seattle's six-point edge.
After the teams traded baskets, LeBron James nailed a three-pointer to pull Cleveland within three, at 94-91, with 1:33 left. Just 10 seconds later, though, Allen answered with a three-ball of his own to push Seattle's lead back to six, and the Cavaliers would get no closer than four points the rest of the way.
Seattle scored the first six points of the game, and led 17-6 with 7:53 left. But a Cleveland 13-4 run pulled the Cavs within 21-19 with five minutes left in the quarter. Seattle held a 29-24 edge after 12 minutes.
Cleveland began the second quarter with an 11-4 run to forge ahead 35-33 with 7:24 left. But the explosive Sonics quickly fought back, using a 15-6 burst to go up 48-41 with 4:01 remaining in the first half. Allen capped the run with a three-pointer.
But James tore it up the rest of the way in the first half to send the Cavaliers to the locker room with the lead. James had 12 points in the final 3:41 of the half to pace a 14-5 run that gave Cleveland a 55-53 advantage entering the intermission.
Gooden aided the Cavaliers' cause with 27 points.
Rashard Lewis missed the game for the Sonics with left knee tendinitis... Seattle outrebounded the Cavaliers, 50-32...The Cavaliers had a three-game win streak over the Sonics halted...Seattle made 29 of its 32 free throws.
01/17 00:23:00 ET