NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Cleveland
(Wednesday, March 2nd)
Final Score: Seattle 103, Cleveland 86
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Ray Allen poured in a team-high 31 points as Seattle pasted Cleveland, 103-86, at Gund Arena.
Allen ended 11-of-22 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Rashard Lewis added 20 points, while Vladimir Radmanovic came off the bench to contribute 19 points and seven rebounds for the SuperSonics, who have won two in a row and five of their last six games.
"Tonight, we just made sure how the game started, we kept simple, made the right play, made the right pass and played defense," said Allen. "Those are the ingredients for giving yourself a chance to win."
LeBron James led all players with 32 points, including a career-best 5-of-7 from three-point land for Cleveland, which is in the midst of its first four- game losing streak of the season and in the process spoiled Dan Gilbert's first game as the Cavaliers' owner.
The NBA on Tuesday approved the purchase of the Cavaliers by Gilbert, who is also chairman and founder of Quicken Loans and home lender Rock Financial. Along with the ownership of the club, the 42-year-old Gilbert, who became the fourth owner in the 35-year history of the franchise, purchased Gund Arena, where Cleveland plays all its home games.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 17 points while Jeff McInnis netted 16 in the loss.
Trailing 54-45 at the half, Cleveland fought back in the third courtesy of a 16-9 run to open the stanza, cutting the deficit to two points. Drew Gooden's inside bucket capped the spurt as the Cavs drew within a 63-61 score at the 7:00 mark of the frame.
Moments later, McInnis' jumper would even up the contest at 67-67, but Seattle would then take control of the game by closing the frame on a 11-2 run to take a 78-69 lead into the fourth.
"The Sonics run at the end of the third quarter was big," said James. "You come so far back, and then they make a run like that. Vladimir made a big shot at the end of the third. It�s hard to comeback from."
The SuperSonics cushion would grow to 16, 98-82, on two free throws by Allen with 3:42 remaining in the contest. Cleveland never recovered from that point on.
Seattle, which owned a 28-19 lead after one quarter of play, looked for some breathing room in the second. Radmanovic knocked down consecutive three- pointers to stake the visitors to a 39-27 cushion at the 7:34 mark of the second quarter.
The SuperSonics would then head into the locker room with a 54-45 advantage. James paced all players with 19 points for Cleveland, while Allen netted 16 to lead Seattle at the break.
Seattle has won 17 of the last 20 meetings in the series...The SuperSonics have won eight of their last 10 road games and improved to 20-8 on the road this season, while Cleveland fell to 21-7 at home...Seattle's bench outscored Cleveland's bench, 37-8...The Cavs fell to 1-9 all-time against Seattle at Gund Arena...Gooden ended with 10 points for the Cavs...Seattle finished 10- of-17 from three-point land.
03/03 00:55:59 ET