Friday , Feb , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Magic host Sonics

(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics will aim for their second straight
win tonight when they continue their six-game road trip against the Orlando
Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre.

On Wednesday, Ray Allen scored 33 points as Seattle downed the Atlanta Hawks,
114-109, at Philips Arena.

Rashard Lewis posted 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Sonics, who halted a
seven-game road losing streak and ended the longest such skid since dropping
eight straight from November 24-December 22, 1991.

The Sonics, who are just 9-20 as the guest this season, won for only the
second time in 10 games overall.

In other team news, the Sonics were involved in a deal before the NBA’s trade
deadline. Seattle, Denver, Sacramento and the Portland Trail Blazers completed
a four-way trade.

Denver acquired Seattle forward Reggie Evans and Portland’s Ruben Patterson
and Charles Smith in exchange for sending guard Earl Watson and forward Byron
Russell, along with a future second-round draft pick, to the Sonics. Portland
received Denver guard Voshon Lenard and Seattle center Vitaly Potapenko, who
was immediately traded to Sacramento, along with forward Sergei Monia, for
forward Brian Skinner.

Orlando, meanwhile, started the post-Steve Francis era on Wednesday by losing
96-93 to the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena. The Magic played
with only nine members of the team after trading Francis to the New York
Knicks for Trevor Ariza and Anfernee Hardaway.

Keyon Dooling stepped it up for the Magic with a career-high 23 points and six
assists, while Dwight Howard added 17 points and six boards in Orlando’s
eighth setback in a row and 12th in 13 tries. The Magic also fell to 6-21 on
the road this season.

But Orlando will return home for Friday’s matchup with the Sonics. The Magic
sport a 13-13 mark at TD Waterhouse Centre this season.

Seattle won the previous meeting this season at home by a 113-104 score on
January 11. The Sonics have won two straight and seven of the last 10 meetings
in this series.