NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Seattle
(Friday, November 18th)
Final Score: Seattle 98, Chicago 84
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis each scored 27 points to lead the Seattle SuperSonics over the Chicago Bulls, 98-84, at KeyArena.
Allen also had eight rebounds and five assists for the Sonics, who scored 65 points in the second half to come away with their second straight win. Luke Ridnour tallied 10 points for Seattle, which began a three-game homestand with its third win in four games overall.
Luol Deng had 16 points and Mike Sweetney had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who wasted an 11-point halftime lead to fall to 0-3 on their annual "circus" road trip.
The Bulls embarked upon a six-game road swing because of the circus that is being hosted at the United Center. Last year, Chicago went 1-6 on its circus road swing.
After scoring just 33 points in the first 24 minutes of play, Seattle exploded for 33 points in the third quarter to gain control. Down by 11 points at halftime, 44-33, the Sonics went on a 20-5 run to start the half. Lewis' bucket midway through the stanza capped the run, giving Seattle a 53-49 lead.
Chicago stormed back to regain a one-point lead, 54-53, after a Ben Gordon three-pointer. The game would remain close until a Vladimir Radmanovic three- pointer late in the quarter sent Seattle into the fourth with a 66-63 edge.
Seattle then put the dagger in the coffin in the fourth. Following Deng's three-pointer that gave Chicago a slim 69-68 lead, the Sonics scored 28 of the next 34 points to take command. Allen had 10 points and Mateen Cleaves recorded all nine of his points during the burst, which gave the Sonics their largest lead of the game at 96-75 with under four minutes to play.
"I thought we just stayed aggressive," said Allen. "We missed a lot of easy shots early, but we stayed with it and did not put our heads down."
Andres Nocioni had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who fell to 0-4 on the road this season.
Kirk Hinrich and Gordon each had 11 points for Chicago...Nick Collison had eight points for the Sonics...Seattle improved to 2-1 at home...Seattle shot 48 percent for the game...Chicago hit just 38 percent of its shots.
11/19 01:16:40 ET