Monday , Feb , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Sonics could turn it around

(Sports Network) – Even though Seattle is just 19-28 this season, it still
can turn around its season and make the playoffs. The SuperSonics trail the
first place Denver Nuggets by six games in the Northwest Division.

On the flip side, the SuperSonics are just 1 1/2 games ahead of the last place
Portland Trail Blazers in the Northwest.

The Supersonics play the third of a four-game road trip on Monday when they
visit the Charlotte Bobcats. It is the second and final meeting of the season
between the squads. On November 30th, Ray Allen finished with 32 points, as
the SuperSonics defeated the Bobcats, 104-94, at KeyArena. Seattle has won all
three meetings between the clubs.

Seattle started off its swing with two straight losses. On Saturday, Josh
Howard scored 23 points and added eight rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks swept
their season series with Seattle by recording a 110-91 win over the Sonics at
American Airlines Center.

Allen ended with 17 points in the loss to the Mavericks for Seattle, which has
lost three of its last four games overall. Damien Wilkins netted 14, while
Luke Ridnour and Robert Swift each scored 12 in defeat.

Seattle, which lost to Houston, 100-77, in the opener of the current trip, is
8-15 on the road this season. The Sonics closeout the swing on Wednesday at
the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

The Sonics will play the Hornets for the second time in the campaign. On
November 26th, David West had 21 points to lead a balanced attack, as New
Orleans/Oklahoma City downed Seattle, 105-99, at KeyArena.

Allen leads the Sonics in scoring (24.8 ppg), while Reggie Evans is the top
rebounder (7.0 rpg) and Luke Ridnour has dished out a team-best 6.5 assists
per game.

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