NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Portland
(Friday, December 16th)
Final Score: Seattle 111, Portland 99
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Rashard Lewis delivered 37 points and Ray Allen scored 24 as Seattle gave former head coach Nate McMillan a rude greeting with a 111-99 victory at the Rose Garden.
Lewis finished 12-of-19 from the field and made 6-of-8 three-point shots, while Allen went 5-of-7 from beyond the arc as the SuperSonics put an end to a three-game losing streak.
McMillan faced the organization in which he had spent the previous 19 seasons, including 12 as a player and the last five as head coach, for the first time. He spurned a contract extension from the Sonics in the offseason and took the Trail Blazers' head job shortly after.
"It�s always good to get that first win over your old coach, especially in their building, " Lewis remarked. I still talk to (McMillan) and I have tremendous respect for him."
Zach Randolph had 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the loss, Portland's ninth in 10 games. Steve Blake recorded career-highs of 19 points and 13 assists for the Blazers, while Viktor Khryapa also ended with 19 points.
The SuperSonics shot better than 62 percent in the first half and opened up a lead as big as 33 points over the opening 24 minutes.
Seattle held a slim 17-14 edge after the first 7 1/2 minutes of play, then overwhelmed the Blazers the remainder of the first quarter.
Lewis drained back-to-back three-pointers and then hit an outside jumper to begin a 20-2 Sonics' run. After Nick Collison's three-point play put Seattle up 28-14, Lewis canned another shot from long distance after Portland's Theo Ratliff's basket to extend the margin to 15 points.
"We got off to a terrible start," McMillan said. "The first and the second quarter, offensively and defensively we just didn't execute. We didn't get our assignments down. You can't come out flat like that."
The Sonics opened up a whopping 37-16 advantage at period's end after Lewis, who poured in 20 points for the quarter, knocked down a shot at the buzzer.
"Guys on this team can recognize who has the hot hand," Lewis said. "It seemed like every time I got the ball and shot the ball it went in. I thought I might have got 50 (points) tonight, but I didn't get there."
Seattle continued to pour in on during the second. The lead reached 30 points when Lewis buried another three-pointer to make the score 57-27 with 6:48 remaining before intermission. Allen followed with a trey a minute later to give the Sonics their largest margin of the night.
Portland would finally cut into the deficit late in the first half. Charles Smith netted eight points during a 17-2 burst that pulled the Blazers within 64-46, but Allen's three-pointer at the horn sent Seattle into the break with a decisive 21-point cushion.
The Sonics were up 87-61 with four minutes left in the third quarter, but Portland would make another surge before the start of the fourth. Ruben Patterson had six points during a 9-0 run that trimmed Seattle's lead to 87-70 with under a minute to play in the period.
The Blazers continued to chip away and closed within 104-96 after Blake hit a three-pointer with 1:15 to go, culminating a 12-1 flurry. However, the Sonics made 7-of-8 foul shots down the stretch to keep the hosts at bay.
Portland's Darius Miles, the team's leading scorer, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday and will be sidelined indefinitely. The Blazers are 1-6 since he left the lineup...Blake was subbing for Sebastian Telfair, who missed the game with a sprained right thumb...Portland shot a season-best 59.1 percent for the game and also set a season-high in points...Seattle won for only the third time in its last 10 trips to the Rose Garden.
12/17 01:31:22 ET