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

Lewis leads Sonics to rout of Jazz

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis had 22 points as the Seattle
SuperSonics blew out the Utah Jazz, 113-81, at Key Arena.

Ray Allen had 20 points and eight assists and Damien Wilkins added 14 points
and seven steals off the bench for the SuperSonics, who have won two of their
last three games.

Luke Ridnour added 12 points and nine assists for Seattle, which has taken the
last three games against Utah.

Carlos Boozer had 14 points and eight rebounds and Deron Williams added 12
points for the Jazz, who have lost two of their last three games.

The Sonics were in control of this game from the start. A 12-4 run in the
first quarter posted them to a 21-11 lead after Nick Collison hit a free throw
to complete a three-point play with 5:18 left. The Sonics led 27-21 at the end
of the quarter.

Seattle opened up the second with a 10-4 run and led 37-25 when Chris Wilcox
put in an alley-oop slam with 9:28 left until halftime. They led by as many as
16 points in the quarter and went into the locker room with a 61-47 advantage.

The Sonics hit 57.5 percent of their shots in the first half, compared to the
37.5 percent shooting for the Jazz.

“Everybody knows where they should be on defense,” said Allen. “When they are
not we know it. Guys are doing a good job of playing on defense.”

Seattle continued to pull further away in the third quarter. The Sonics
started the quarter on a 10-5 run completed by a Allen finger roll to make it
71-52 a little under four minutes in. The team took a 91-68 lead into the
final 12 minutes.

Utah never got close in the final quarter as Seattle continued the rout.

Game Notes

Seattle continues its five-game homestand against Memphis on Wednesday…The
Jazz return home for a game against Orlando on Monday…Wilcox finished with
10 points…Seattle had 38 fast break points compared to nine for the
Jazz…Seattle went 47-of-82 (57.3 percent) from the floor…Utah connected on
38.9 percent (28-of-72) of its shots…Utah won the battle of the boards,