Sonics try to remain hot against Knicks
(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics target their fourth consecutive win
this evening when they conclude a five-game homestand against the New York
Knicks at KeyArena.
On Sunday, Ray Allen poured in 25 points and added six rebounds and three
steals, as the SuperSonics knocked off the Indiana Pacers, 107-102. Rashard
Lewis added 23 points and six boards for Seattle, which has won six of nine.
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. After scoring a
combined 10 points in his first three games, Murray has reached double figures
in five of his last six contests.
The SuperSonics improved to 7-0 this season when scoring at least 100 points.
Seattle, which will head to Utah for a game with the Jazz on Thursday, is 6-3
in its arena this season.
The Knicks meanwhile enter on a sour note after giving up a late lead in a
102-99 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Stephon Marbury poured in 35 points for the Knicks, scoring 17 from the free
throw line. He also dished out nine assists. New York has lost two straight
and three of its last four games. Rookie Channing Frye added 25 points in
Center Eddy Curry returned to the lineup for the Knicks after missing the
previous five games with a calf injury. He scored only three points in just
under 14 minutes of action.
Tonight’s contest will also feature the return to Seattle for center Jerome
James, who was lured to New York by a mammoth free agent deal. James, though,
has struggled through injuries for the better part of the season and is
averaging just 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in limited action.
The Knicks, who will be starting a three-game road trip tonight that also
includes stops in Los Angeles (Clippers) and Phoenix, are 2-8 away from home
Seattle won both meetings last season and has won four of the last five
matchups. The Knicks have also struggled in the Emerald City, where they have
six of eight and seven of 10.