Thursday , Mar , 03 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Seattle SuperSonics Team Report – March 3

=== Seattle SuperSonics Team Report – March 3 ===

(Sports Network) – All-Star Ray Allen poured in a team-high 31 points as the
Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-86, on Wednesday at
Gund Arena. Allen ended 11-of-22 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond
the arc.

Rashard Lewis finished with 20 points, while Vladimir Radmanovic came off the
bench to contribute 19 points and seven rebounds for the SuperSonics, who have
won two in a row and five of their last six games.

Trailing 54-45 at the half, Cleveland fought back in the third courtesy of a
16-9 run to open the stanza, cutting the deficit to two points. Drew Gooden’s
inside bucket capped the spurt as the Cavs drew within a 63-61 score at the
7:00 mark of the frame. Moments later, Jeff McInnis’ jumper would even up the
contest at 67-67, but Seattle would then take control of the game by closing
the frame on a 11-2 run to take a 78-69 lead into the fourth.

The SuperSonics cushion would grow to 16, 98-82, on two free throws by Allen
with 3:42 remaining in the contest. Cleveland never recovered from that point

Seattle has won eight of its last 10 road games and improved to 20-8 as the
visitor this season.

Allen has scored 25 or more points in four of Seattle’s six games since the
All-Star break. He is averaging 25.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in
that span. The Connecticut product leads the SuperSonics in scoring at 24.1
points per game.

The SuperSonics return home for a four-game homestand. Seattle will host the
Detroit Pistons on Friday in the opener of the stand. The teams will play once
more this season, as the Sonics will visit the Pistons on March 16th at The
Palace of Auburn Hills.

Seattle will also play the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, the Houton Rockets on March
8th and the Chicago Bulls on March 11th during the homestand.