NBA Game Summary - Portland at Seattle
(Monday, January 30th)
Final Score: Portland 116, Seattle 111
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph posted 32 points and nine rebounds, as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the SuperSonics, 116-111, at KeyArena in Nate McMillan's return to Seattle.
Juan Dixon scored 15 points, while Ruben Patterson notched 14. Joel Przybilla added 13 points for the Blazers, who snapped a four-game road losing streak.
Rashard Lewis scored 27 points and Ray Allen added 26 to pace the Sonics, who have lost six of their last nine contests. Luke Ridnour posted 14 points and 10 assists, and Damien Wilkins added 11 points in the loss.
McMillan returned to Seattle for the first time since he left the squad in July to become the head coach of the Trail Blazers. McMillan, who guided the SuperSonics to a 52-30 record and the Northwest Division crown in 2004-05, compiled a regular-season record of 212-183 during his tenure as the Sonics' coach. He was 8-8 in the postseason.
Under McMillan's leadership, Seattle reached the playoffs on two occasions, as it also appeared in the postseason in 2001-02. During that season, McMillan's first full campaign as the team's head coach, the Sonics went 45-37 and earned the seventh seed in the playoffs, where they lost to San Antonio in five games. He ranks second in franchise history in assists and steals, behind future Hall of Famer Gary Payton in both categories.
Lewis drilled a three from the right corner to keep Seattle close at 110-105 with 21 seconds left, but Jarrett Jack knocked down a pair of free throws at the other end to seal the victory for Portland.
"We have had some good wins," Dixon said. "We are coming together. Guys are learning. I think we have our units, our rotations are down, and guys are out there supporting each other and playing hard."
Portland took the lead 33-32 on a jam by Travis Outlaw 21 seconds into the second quarter, en route to a 7-0 run snapped by a pair of free throws by Ronald Murray.
The first half contained 12 lead changes and four ties between the two squads. Seattle edged Portland 32-31 after the first quarter, and trailed 58-57 at halftime.
Capping an 8-0 Sonics run, Johan Petro took a dish from Nick Collison for a slam, giving Seattle an 82-81 lead with 1:21 left in the third quarter. During the final minute, however, Theo Ratliff hit a free throw and Outlaw drained a jumper to put the Blazers back up, 84-82, heading into the fourth.
The Blazers took off on a 12-2 run snapped by two straight threes by Allen, who cut the Sonics' deficit to 104-99 at the 1:16 mark.
Randolph responded on the other end with a tip-in 22 seconds later. Ratliff retrieved a missed free throw by Jack with 45 seconds left and Dixon scored a pair of free throws five seconds later to put Portland up 108-101
The SuperSonics played the third of a four-game hometand, and are 10-13 as the host this season. They will host Jason Richardson and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in the finale of the stand.
Portland played the finale of a brief two-game road trip. The Blazers are 5-15 as the visitor this season.
This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 16th, Lewis finished with 37 points and Allen scored 24 as Seattle gave McMillan a rude greeting with a 111-99 victory at the Rose Garden...The Trail Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak against Seattle, and have won four of the last 10 games in this series...Portland outrebounded the Sonics, 47-33, and 20 of those boards were offensive for the Blazers.
01/31 01:20:36 ET