Sonic boom: Allen leads Seattle to win over Jazz
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Ray Allen dropped in 22 points and
Luke Ridnour added 17 with seven assists as Seattle rolled to a 113-94 victory
over Utah at the Delta Center.
Three other players finished in double figures for the SuperSonics, who
carried the momentum from Sunday’s thrilling 152-149 victory over Phoenix and
dominated the Jazz from start to finish. Rashard Lewis contributed 16 points
while Damien Wilkins and Ronald Murray had 15 and 12, respectively.
Seattle shot an impressive 53 percent from the field and was even better from
three-point range. The Sonics made 7-of-13 tries from long distance, with
Allen making 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Andrei Kirilenko compiled 24 points and 10 rebounds while Mehmet Okur had 20
points and 13 boards in the loss, Utah’s fifth in seven games.
Seattle controlled the game right from the start, as the Sonics opened things
up with an 11-2 run and built a double-digit lead after Allen knocked down a
three-pointer midway through the first quarter to make the score 17-7.
Less than two minutes later, Ridnour hit a jumper to extend the margin to 13
points at 24-13.
The Sonics continued to pull away in the second quarter, as a three-point play
by Lewis followed by Murray’s outside bucket ended a 7-0 run that put the
visitors up 40-23 with 7 1/2 minutes left in the half. Seattle cruised into
the break holding a cushy 55-39 lead.
Utah scored the first seven points of the second half and got its deficit
under single digits on an Okur triple 2 1/2 minutes into the third quarter.
But the Sonics countered with an 11-1 burst and went up 66-47 on Mikki
Moore’s tip-in with around six minutes left in the period.
Five straight points from Wilkins put Seattle ahead 80-59 heading into the
final minute of the third quarter.
The Sonics led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Jazz
never got the margin under 14.
Utah guard Gordan Giricek did not dress because of tendinitis in his left
Achilles…Seattle won back-to-back games for the first time since December
16th and 19th…The road team has won all three games in the season series,
with the Sonics besting the Jazz twice in Salt Lake City…Seattle allowed an
opponent under 100 points for just the second time in nine games…Utah fell
to 10-11 at home this season…Seattle has won six of the last eight meetings
between the teams.