NBA Game Summary - Utah at Seattle
(Sunday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Seattle 122, Utah 105
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Rashard Lewis recorded 36 points and Antonio Daniels delivered 24 along with eight assists off the bench to lead Seattle to a 122-105 victory over Utah at KeyArena.
Ray Allen added 20 points for the SuperSonics, who buried 13-of-22 three-point attempts as a team to stop a two-game slide.
Lewis made 7-of-8 shots from beyond the arc and finished with 21 second-half points to thwart a comeback attempt by the Jazz in the third quarter.
"It was really important that we get a win after the last two games," said Daniels. "We had to play good defense and we were able to do that tonight."
Carlos Boozer racked up 20 points and 12 rebounds for Utah, which fell for the fourth time in five games. Mehmet Okur and Matt Harpring finished with 19 and 16 points, respectively, in the setback.
Andrei Kirilenko, playing for just the second time since missing nearly two months due to a sprained right knee, poured in 14 points in 14 minutes in a limited but effective role.
The Sonics shot a sizzling 68 percent (19-of-28) from the field in the first half and took a comfortable 62-47 lead into the break.
Seattle took control late in the first quarter, as the hosts outscored the Jazz 10-2 over the final two minutes of the period to build a 33-23 advantage after 12 minutes. Vladimir Radmanovic began the flurrry with a long three- pointer and Daniels capped it with a basket from beyond the arc with 19 seconds on the clock.
Kirilenko helped bring Utah back early in the second quarter. The All-Star forward made a driving layup and fed Okur for a pair of baskets during an 8-2 spurt which cut the Jazz's deficit to 35-31.
It remained a four-point game until Seattle put together an 14-4 run to pull away. Daniels netted seven of those points, including a three-pointer with 5:15 remaining before intermission, to extend the lead to 50-39. A dunk by Reggie Evans and a single made free throw from Lewis made it a 14-point cushion.
Nick Collison's powerful buzzer-beating jam on a second-chance opportunity put the Sonics ahead 62-47 at intermission.
Seattle's margin grew to 19 when Lewis' three-pointer just over two minutes into the second half made the score 70-51, but a furious Jazz rally would close the gap before the end of a session.
Okur scored the first five points of a 9-2 run which brought Utah within 77-67 with 3:27 left in the third. They cut the lead to eight heading into the final minute when Boozer was fouled by Danny Forston after converting a layup with 12 seconds remaining. Fortson was then issued a technical which resulted in a four-point swing after both free throws were made, slicing Seattle's edge to 84-80.
Daniels hit two foul shots to close out the third quarter, then the SuperSonics took over in the fourth. Lewis drained a triple to ignite a string of 11 consecutive points, ending with consecutive three-point plays by Collison and Luke Ridnour which put Seattle ahead 99-82 with 9:41 to go.
"Rashad had an All-Star-like night," said Sonics head coach Nate McMillan. "I felt like the last two games he was trying to do too much and rushed some shots. Tonight he slowed down."
The Jazz whittled the lead down to eight after Harpring's layup with 3:40 remaining made the score 109-101, but Lewis hit two more three's during a 13-2 run which finally put Utah away.
"Utah's going to play hard," said Daniels. "We knew they were going to make their run, but we countered with our own."
Seattle has won all three meetings between the division rivals and four straight in the series...The Sonics moved to 16-5 at home and stopped a two- game losing streak at KeyArena...The home team has won 12 of the last 14 matchups in the series...Utah fell to 6-17 on the road and has lost eight of nine away from Salt Lake City.
01/24 00:10:58 ET