Wells leads Kings’ offensive eruption in win over Sonics
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Bonzi Wells scored a season-high 31 points and
grabbed eight rebounds as the Sacramento Kings used a decisive third quarter
to defeat the Seattle SuperSonics, 123-104, at KeyArena.
Mike Bibby poured in 24 points and Peja Stojakovic added 23 for the Kings, who
snapped a five-game losing streak.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim chipped in 17 points, while Brad Miller scored 15 points
and tied a season-high with 10 assists in the victory.
Ray Allen led the Sonics with 24 points and Rashard Lewis contributed 17
points for Seattle, which played without Danny Fortson, who was suspended one
game for verbally abusing an official during the fourth period of Seattle’s
106-90 victory over Utah on Friday.
Ronald Murray added 12 points, and Damien Wilkins and Luke Ridnour tallied 10
points apiece for the Sonics, who have lost two of their last three games.
Sacramento took control of the game during the third period behind a balanced
offense and suffocating defense.
The lead quickly escalated to double-digits, 69-59, on Stojakovic’s jumper
with just under 10 minutes remaining in the period.
Wells’ finger roll capped a 19-3 spurt that gave Sacramento a comfortable
88-64 edge with just over three minutes to go in the stanza. Wells also
converted a reverse layup and a three-point play during the run.
Sacramento scored 30 points during the period and clamped down on Allen and
Seattle’s perimeter offense, as the Sonics scored just 13 third-quarter
The Kings led 92-70 after three quarters and were never threatened during the
The Kings jumped out to a 13-2 edge as they connected on six of their first
eight shots. Stojakovic’s trey capped the spurt and put Seattle in a big early
The Sonics slowly dug themselves out and cut the lead to 31-29 going into the
Neither team could pull away during the second stanza, and Sacramento took a
62-57 lead into the locker room.
Wells led all first-half scorers with 16 points and Stojakovic added 15 for
the Kings. Allen led Seattle with 12 points.
Seattle is 6-5 at home this season, while the Kings are 2-5 on the
road…Sacramento snapped a three-game losing streak at Seattle…The Sonics
have still won four of the last six meetings despite the setback…The Kings
shot 58.1 percent from the floor and dished out 30 assists as a team.