Friday , Feb , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Sonics welcome Hawks to KeyArena

(Sports Network) – The struggling Seattle SuperSonics try to halt a four-game
skid tonight, as they welcome the Atlanta Hawks to KeyArena.

Seattle, which returns home after it dropped all four of its games on a four-
game road trip, opens a brief two-game homestand this evening. On Wednesday,
Rasual Butler’s wide-open three with 15 seconds left put New Orleans/Oklahoma
City in front to stay, as the Hornets defeated the SuperSonics, 109-102, at
the Ford Center.

Rashard Lewis scored a game-high 34 points and Ray Allen struggled and ended
with 18 points on 6-of-21 shooting from the floor in the loss to the Hornets
for Seattle. Luke Ridnour and Nick Collison scored 12 points apiece for the
Sonics, who have lost 10 of their last 14 games overall.

The Sonics, who will host Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets on Sunday,
are 11-13 at home this season. They have won two of their last three at

Atlanta begins a four-game road trip. The Hawks enter tonight’s game off an
emotional victory. Joe Johnson’s bank shot with 7.5 seconds left gave the
Hawks a come-from-behind 99-98 upset victory over the Detroit Pistons on
Tuesday at Philips Arena.

Johnson scored a team-high 29 points and dished out five assists, while Zaza
Pachulia contributed 16 points and nine rebounds in the win over Detroit for
the Hawks, who have won four of their last five games overall.

Al Harrington finished with 14 points and rookie Salim Stoudamire netted 12
off the bench for the Hawks in the victory.

The Hawks, who will also visit Sacramento, the Lakers and Detroit on the
current swing, are 4-18 as the visitor this season. They have lost eight of
their last 10 on the road.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Hawks are
scheduled to host the Sonics on February 22nd at Philips Arena.

The Sonics have won three straight and four of the last five meetings in this
series. Atlanta has lost three of its last four at Seattle.