Tuesday , Feb , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Seattle SuperSonics Team Report – February 8

=== Seattle SuperSonics Team Report – February 8 ===

(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics play the middle contest of a
three-game homestand, as they welcome the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday to
KeyArena.

This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. In the two previous
contests, Seattle picked up a pair of victories, winning once at New Orleans
Arena and once at home. The teams will play on February 23rd, as the Hornets
will host the Sonics.

These two teams have split the last six meetings in this series. The Sonics
have won six of the last nine meetings. The Hornets have lost three of four
and five of its last nine at Seattle.

The Sonics are expected to have head coach Nate McMillan back on the bench
tonight. The Seattle general had missed three games to attend to personal
matters in North Carolina as his mother had passed away at the age of 62.
Seattle was 2-1 under assistant head coach Dwane Casey, who filled in for
McMillan.

Seattle enters Tuesday’s game on a two-game winning streak. Ray Allen poured
in a game-high 25 points and Vladimir Radmanovic added 23, leading Seattle to
a 113-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday at KeyArena.

Rashard Lewis netted 18 points in the win over Charlotte, while Luke Ridnour
had 17 points and eight assists for Seattle, which has won five of its last
seven overall.

Seattle is 27-1 when it allows under 100 points this season.

The Sonics, who are scheduled to host Sacramento on Thursday, are a solid 17-6
at KeyArena this season. In 2003-04, Seattle was just 21-20 at home.

Seattle will visit the Phoenix Suns on Friday at America West Arena and will
host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

On Tuesday, Allen and Lewis were named to the Western Conference All-Star team
as reserves. Allen will play in his fifth NBA All-Star Game, while Lewis will
be making his first appearance. The game will be played on February 20th at
the Pepsi Center.

SEA