Sunday , Dec , 04 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Allen keads Sonics past Indiana

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen poured in 25 points and added six
rebounds and three steals, as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Indiana
Pacers, 107-102, at KeyArena.

Rashard Lewis added 23 points and six boards for Seattle, which has won three
straight. Ronald Murray netted 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting off the bench,
while Luke Ridnour posted 13 points and seven assists in the victory.

Ron Artest led all scorers with 30 points for the Pacers, who have dropped two
of three. Center Jermaine O’Neal chipped in 22 points and Sarunas Jasikevicius
had 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the loss.

The Sonics started the second half on a 12-2 run to turn their three-point
lead at the break into a 61-48 advantage.

Indiana’s defense quickly stiffened, and Artest’s steal and subsequent layup
with 5:09 left in the third quarter whittled Seattle’s edge to just four

An Artest free throw moments later made it 72-69, but Seattle finished the
third strong to push its lead to 82-73. Murray hit a driving layup with 1:09
remaining and Lewis nailed both of his free throws with just over five ticks
left to make it an nine-point game.

That lead soon ballooned to 13 points, as Vladimir Radmonovic put home an
alley-oop dunk off an inbound pass from Lewis with 8:58 left remaining in the

Artest helped make it a seven-point game with just over a minute left with a
baseline jumper and O’Neal nailed a rare three-pointer to make it 104-98 in
the closing seconds. It was too little, too late, however as the Sonics held
off Indiana.

Allen scored 16 first-half points to stake the Sonics to a 49-46 after the
opening 24 minutes.

Game Notes

Indiana forward Austin Croshere (hip flexor) did not play…Seattle is 7-0
this season when it scores 100-plus points…Seattle, which will close its
five-game homestand against the Knicks on Tuesday, is 6-3 in its arena this
season…Indiana, which wrapped up a five-game road trip, is 5-4 away from
home this season.