Allen leads Sonics past Bobcats
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen tied a season high with 32 points,
as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 104-94, at
Rashard Lewis poured in 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Luke Ridnour
added 14 points and 12 assists for Seattle, which snapped a three-game losing
Primoz Brezec led the Bobcats with 21 points and Kareem Rush chipped in 20
Emeka Okafor notched a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards for
Charlotte, which has lost two of its last three games.
Brevin Knight contributed 18 points and dished out 11 assists in the loss.
Leading 30-24 after the opening 12 minutes, the Sonics built a 44-32 edge with
just under seven minutes left in the half.
Six different Sonics scored during the stretch, and after Nick Collison’s baby
hook in the lane, Lewis increased the lead to a dozen with a driving slam off
a dish from Ronald Murray.
The Bobcats trimmed the lead to four, 48-44, later in the period, but Seattle
increased the lead back to double-digits, 56-46, by halftime.
After Lewis drained two free throws, Allen slipped into the paint for a lay-
in. Then Lewis converted two slams to cap a 7-2 spurt to end the half.
Charlotte started the second half on a 10-3 run to trim the advantage to
59-56. Gerald Wallace made a layup, then after Rush converted a technical free
throw, Wallace stepped outside and drained a three-pointer at the end of the
The lead slowly climbed back to 10 on a 7-0 Seattle scoring streak. Collison
converted a dunk, Ridnour buried a mid-range jumper, then Allen drained a
trey for Seattle. The Sonics took a 83-70 lead into the final quarter.
Seattle’s lead grew to as many as 18 points in the final quarter. Charlotte
trimmed the deficit to seven in the waning moments of the game, but could
get no closer.
The Bobcats’ Jake Voskuhl left the game with a knee injury…Knight was
ejected in the closing minute after picking up his second
technical…Charlotte forward Sean May did not play…Wallace tallied 12
points in defeat…Reggie Evans grabbed 13 boards for Seattle…Seattle has
won all three meetings between the two teams.