Friday , Mar , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Sonics headed for early vacation

(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics (26-39) are tied with the
Minnesota Timberwolves for third place in the Northwest Division. They are 10
1/2 games behind the division-leading Denver Nuggets.

Seattle trails the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings by 7 1/2 games for
the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The SuperSonics
have 17 games left on their scheduled and will play nine of the contests on
the road.

On Thursday, All-Star Ray Allen scored 26 points to lead the SuperSonics over
the Allen Iverson-less Philadelphia 76ers, 102-98, at KeyArena. Rashard Lewis
ended with 18 points, while Chris Wilcox netted 17 for the SuperSonics, who
have won three of their four games overall. Johan Petro and Earl Watson both
netted 12 apiece in the victory.

It was the second and final meeting of the season between Seattle and the
Sixers. On January 9th, Iverson netted 41 to lead Philadelphia to a 107-98 win
over the SuperSonics at the Wachovia Center. The 76ers had a four-game winning
streak at Seattle halted.

Allen leads the Sonics in scoring (25.1 ppg) this season. The Connecticut
product has scored in double-digits in 60 of the 61 games he has played in
during the campaign. Allen has logged 40 or more minutes in four straight
games and is averaging 29.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in that span.

The SuperSonics are 16-17 as the host this season and 10-22 on the road. They
have scored over 100 points in four straight contests.