NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Chicago
(Tuesday, March 15th)
Final Score: Seattle 99, Chicago 93
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Rashard Lewis scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Seattle SuperSonics over the Chicago Bulls, 99-93, at the United Center.
Lewis scored eight straight points during a key fourth-quarter run that helped the Sonics pull away and capture their second straight win.
Ray Allen added 17 points and seven assists for Seattle, which avenged a loss at home last week to the Bulls to finish the two-game season series tied at a game apiece. Reggie Evans had only six points, but recorded 19 rebounds as the Sonics improved to 2-0 on a three-game road trip that concludes Wednesday night in Detroit.
"We had to make it physical tonight," said Seattle head coach Nate McMillan. "They came out physically last game and we were on our heels. Tonight we wanted to initiate that."
Ben Gordon scored 21 points for the Bulls, who have dropped two straight after winning three in a row. Andres Nocioni added 15 points and eight boards and Antonio Davis tallied 13 points and nine rebounds for Chicago, which lost for just the second time in six home games.
After trailing by 16 points in the third quarter, 61-46, Seattle went on a 25-6 burst to take the lead for good. Evans' bucket with just over 1 1/2 minutes elapsed in the third started the run, Vladimir Radmanovic's three with 2:57 remaining tied the contest at 67-67 and Antonio Daniels' basket with 1:56 on the clock capped the spurt at 71-67. Allen's basket with 2:26 left gave the Sonics the lead for good at 69-67.
Seattle, which went into the fourth with a 74-69 lead, pulled away just before the midway point of the final frame. Following a pair of Eric Piatkowski free throws that cut the Chicago deficit to 78-76 with just four minutes gone, Lewis ripped off eight straight points to give the Sonics a 10-point cushion.
"That was disappointing," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "We came out early in the game and took control and we kind of let them back in (the game)."
Piatkowski and Eddy Curry each finished with 10 points for the Bulls, who have lost five of six to the Sonics.
Chicago, which led 57-46 at halftime after playing the first 12 minutes to a 25-25 tie, shot only 39 percent for the game, including 5-of-25 from three. Gordon alone shot a horrible 3-of-11 from behind the arc.
Seattle shot 48 percent for the contest, going only 3-of-12 from three. However, the club hit 30-of-44 free throws compared to just 22-of-32 for the Bulls.
Seattle's Ronald Murray left the game in the first half with a right hip contusion...Curry left the game for the Bulls in the fourth quarter with a right hamstring strain...Seattle improved to 11-4 in Tuesday games this season and 36-4 when it allows under 100 points.
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