NBA Game Summary - Portland at Seattle
(Monday, March 24th)
Final Score: Seattle 97, Portland 84
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant scored a game-high 23 points with nine rebounds, as Seattle used a big second half to down Portland, 97-84, at KeyArena.
Damien Wilkins added 20 points and seven rebounds and Jeff Green totaled 16 points and six rebounds for Seattle, which snapped an 11-game losing streak. It had lost 14 in a row earlier in the season from December 31 to January 27.
The SuperSonics accomplished the feat without the services of Earl Watson (bruised right calf) and Chris Wilcox (sprained right pinkie finger).
"Our last three games, our last couples of practices, we been picking it up defensively and it showed tonight and we got the win," Durant said.
Portland saw its two-game winning streak come to an end despite 22 points from Martell Webster and 13 points off the bench from Travis Outlaw. Brandon Roy struggled to 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting.
"We had open looks, but we just missed our shots," Roy said. "I don't know what happened. We just went flat there in the third quarter. They did a good job of making their shots."
The Trail Blazers held a 53-49 lead at the half, but struggled to just 10 points in the third period.
Green's three followed by a Durant free throw brought Seattle even at 56-56 early in the third stanza. Durant's trey with 6:03 on the clock gave the Sonics a 59-58 edge and eight straight points -- four by Durant and four by Johan Petro -- capped a 15-3 stretch for a 71-61 advantage with 1:28 to play.
Green drained another three in the fourth to push the edge to 84-73, and Durant's jumper with 3:12 to play made the score 92-79.
The Sonics cruised from there.
Seattle made 50 percent of its shots from the floor and from beyond the arc...Nick Collison scored 13 points with 11 rebounds, Petro added 10 points and Luke Ridnour donated 15 points with nine assists for Seattle...LaMarcus Aldridge totaled 10 points and Jarrett Jack also scored 10 for the Trail Blazers...Portland shot 38.4 percent from the floor...The game featured six ties and four lead changes...Attendance 11,292.
03/25 02:05:26 ET