Monday , Mar , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Seattle SuperSonics Team Report – March 28

=== Seattle SuperSonics Team Report – March 28 ===

(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics had their five-game winning
streak halted on Sunday at home. Larry Hughes had 31 points and 11 rebounds to
lead the Washington Wizards to a surprising 95-94 win over the Sonics at
KeyArena.

Ray Allen had 27 points and eight boards in the loss to Washington to lead the
Sonics, while Rashard Lewis added 16 points for Seattle, which lost for just
the second time in its last nine contests overall.

Seattle played the Wizards without forward Danny Fortson, who was suspended
for one game by the team for refusing to enter Friday night’s contest against
the New York Knicks despite the instruction from head coach Nate McMillan.
Fortson is actually expected to miss Seattle’s next two games because of an
ankle injury.

The Sonics are the third seed in the Western Conference, and have a
comfortable 9 1/2 game lead over the second-place Denver Nuggets in the
Northwest Division. Seattle, which is 48-21, has 13 games left on its schedule
and will play eight of them on the road. Nine of the Sonics’ final 13 contests
are against teams with records of .500 or better.

Allen leads the Sonics in scoring (23.9 ppg), while forward Reggie Evans is
averaging a team-best 9.3 rebounds and Luke Ridnour has posted a team-high 5.9
assists.

Lewis is averaging 23 points and five rebounds in his last two games. The All-
Star forward has averaged 22.3 points and six boards in his last 10 contests.

Seattle attempts to get back on the winning track on Tuesday, as it starts a
brief two-game road trip tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.
It is the third and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The Sonics
won the two previous contests, winning on November 14th at KeyArena and on
November 24th at Memphis. Five of the last six meetings in this series have
been decided by six points or less. Seattle has won five straight and eight of
the last nine contests between the clubs. The Sonics have won four straight at
Memphis.

The Sonics will visit the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday before returning home
to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. Seattle goes on the road on
Sunday to play the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena.

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