NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Seattle
(Friday, December 2nd)
Final Score: Seattle 115, Cleveland 108
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Rashard Lewis scored 26 points and Ronald Murray poured in a season-best 24 to lead the Seattle SuperSonics over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 115-108, at KeyArena.
Ray Allen recorded 21 points for the Sonics, who have won two in a row following a three-game slide.
LeBron James had a game-high 34 points and dished out eight assists to lead Cleveland, which started a three-game road trip with its third loss in four outings.
With the game tied at 98-98 with four minutes remaining, the Sonics went on an 8-2 run to take the lead for good. Allen started the burst with a basket and Murray's jumper with 1:52 left ended it and gave Seattle a 106-100 edge.
Damon Jones answered with a three-pointer to cut the Cavs' deficit to 106-103 12 seconds later, but Allen's trey with 1:22 on the clock extended the lead back to six.
Jones again drained a three-pointer with 1:04 left to again make it a three- point game.
Murray and James exchanged layups to keep it a three-point contest, but Murray hit a pair of free throws with 16.7 left to increase the lead to five. Vladimir Radmanovic then stole the ensuing inbounds pass after a timeout and went the length of the court for a dunk to account for the final score.
"It's frustrating," said James. "That's a good team. They're struggling right now, but that's a good team. They made big shots. We were one play from getting over the hump and just couldn't."
Radmanovic ended with 14 points for Seattle, which shot 51.8 percent from the field for the game.
"I went out there and just tried to make some plays happen," said Murray. "During that fourth-quarter stretch we were running a lot of pick-and-rolls with Rashard. They didn't want to make the switch to Rashard so I took advantage of it."
Larry Hughes had 21 points and six assists and Jones ended with 16 points courtesy of 5-of-10 three-point shooting, as Cleveland split the season series with the Sonics.
Seattle, which hit 10-of-24 three-pointers, trailed 30-26 after one quarter, but rallied to take a 58-48 lead at halftime. The Cavs responded to make it a two-point game heading into the fourth, 81-79.
The game remained close throughout the final 12 minutes.
Donyell Marshall had 14 points and Drew Gooden had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Cavs...Cleveland is 3-4 on the road this season...Seattle improved to 5-3 at home...Seattle's Danny Fortson was ejected in the third quarter after receiving two technical fouls...The Sonics' Reggie Evans left the game with a sprained finger.
12/03 02:03:51 ET