NBA Game Summary - New Orleans/Oklahoma City at Seattle
(Tuesday, February 28th)
Final Score: Seattle 114, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 104
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen led all scorers with 33 points, as the Seattle Supersonics held on for a 114-104 win over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.
Rashard Lewis added 25 points and Nick Collison contributed 14 points and seven rebounds, as all five starters scored in double figures for the Sonics, who snapped a two-game skid.
Chris Paul carried his team by scoring 25 points and dishing out 14 assists, while Rasual Butler totaled a season-high 23 points, including five three- pointers in the fourth quarter, for the Hornets, who saw their two-game win streak come to end.
With 4:58 left in the third quarter, Johan Petro's dunk ignited a 12-0 Sonics run that was capped off with a driving layup from Lewis to give his team a comfortable 22-point lead, 86-64. Seattle led 89-68 heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Hornets would not go away, however, and with 8:09 remaining in the game, Paul hit a pair of free throws to cap an 11-0 Hornets run and get them back in the game at 92-84.
Things would tighten up further when Butler's jumper with 4:23 to play pulled the Hornets to within three, 99-96.
The Sonics would re-establish control of the game with 2:22 remaining, as Lewis received a pass on the low block and spun off defender Linton Johnson for a layup and a foul. Lewis converted the free throw to give his team an eight-point advantage, 106-98.
Butler would answer with a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to get the Hornets within five, 106-101, but Luke Ridnour's jumper with under a minute to play secured the win as it put the Sonics up 10, 111-101.
With Seattle leading 8-7 early in first, Allen reeled off seven consecutive points to extend the Sonics' lead to eight, 15-7, and give them a slight 25-23 lead after one quarter.
A Lewis jumper with 2:15 to play in the half put Seattle up 54-46. Lewis would score seven of the Sonics' last eight points in the half as they held a 60-50 lead at the break.
Hornets guard Speedy Claxton missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle and will not play Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers...The Hornets won the first two meetings between the teams...Seattle has won six of the last eight against the Hornets at home...Ridnour tallied 10 points and nine assists...Marc Jackson scored 19 points for the Hornets.
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