Allen sparks Sonics to win in Boston
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored a game-high 32 points and
pulled down seven rebounds, as the Seattle SuperSonics used a big second
quarter to down Boston, 113-100, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Rashard Lewis poured in 22 points and Luke Ridnour posted 15 points and 13
assists for the Sonics. Nick Collison chipped in 19 points and 13 rebounds for
Seattle, which has won two of its last three. The Sonics snapped a six-game
skid in Boston.
Paul Pierce had a team-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting for the Celtics, who
have dropped two straight by nearly identical scores. They lost 115-100
Tuesday night at Detroit.
Ricky Davis added 21 points and nine assists, while Raef LaFrentz had 14
Leading by just three after the opening frame, the Sonics outscored
Boston 32-17 in the second quarter to amass a 63-45 halftime lead. Seattle
opened the period on a 10-2 spurt, which was capped by a Lewis alley-oop off a
feed from Mateen Cleaves to extend the Sonics to a 41-30 cushion.
Ridnour finished a Reggie Evans feed later in the quarter to up the lead to
17, and Lewis followed with a three-pointer from the baseline on the next trip
down the floor to stake Seattle to a 61-41 advantage.
Boston trailed 92-75 after three, but slowly cut into the lead in the fourth
quarter and the deficit was whittled to 12 with 3:55 left on a pair of free
throws from Ryan Gomes.
Allen, though, was fouled in the act of shooting on Seattle’s next possession
and sank both attempts from the charity stripe to make it 104-90 and keep the
Celtics at arm’s length. Boston couldn’t get closer than 10 points the rest of
Seattle won for fourth time in 14 tries against Boston…The Celtics, who
will close a brief two-game homestand against the Toronto Raptors on Friday,
are 3-3 in their arena this season…Boston won both matchups with the Sonics
last season and has still won eight of the last 11 in the series.