Wednesday , Feb , 16 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Seattle SuperSonics Team Report – February 16

=== Seattle SuperSonics Team Report – February 16 ===

(Sports Network) – The surprising Seattle SuperSonics attempt to go into the
All-Star break on a winning note, as they welcome the Golden State Warriors on
Wednesday to KeyArena.

This will be the third meeting of the season between the clubs. In the two
previous contests, the SuperSonics picked up a win at home and victory at The
Arena on Oakland. The teams will play once more in the 2004-05 campaign, as
Golden State will host Seattle on April 3rd.

The SuperSonics have won two straight after losing the last two meetings in
this series, while Golden State has won five of the last eight contests. the
Warriors have lost two of three and 16 of their last 18 at Seattle.

With a win on Wednesday, Seattle would be just one victory shy of its total
from 2003-04. On Sunday, Jason Terry’s three-pointer with 8.9 seconds left in
the game capped a huge comeback as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the
SuperSonics, 95-92, at KeyArena.

All-Star Rashard Lewis had 18 points in Sunday’s loss for the Sonics, who
coughed up a double-digit lead with five minutes left and had their win streak
end at five games. Seattle point guard Luke Ridnour had a solid game against
Dallas, as he scored 17 points and handed out a game-high eight assists in 31
minutes of action.

Forward Danny Fortson (suspension) is eligible to return against Golden State
for Seattle. Fortson had been suspended for two games without pay by the
league on February 11th for improper behavior following his ejection from last
Thursday’s victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Seattle is 28-2 when it allows under 100 points this season.

The Sonics are 19-7 as the host this season. Seattle is 4-4 in its last eight
games at KeyArena.

Seattle’s Ray Allen and Lewis will be in Denver on Sunday as reserves
for the Western Conference All-Star team. Allen will play in his fifth
NBA All-Star Game, while Lewis will be making his first appearance.

Seattle will resume its season after the All-Star break on Tuesday,
February 22nd on the road against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.
It will be the first of fours meetings between the clubs in the 2004-05

Allen is averaging 23.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his last 10
games. He has scored in double-digits in all 47 games that he has played in
this season.