Saturday , Apr , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Allen hits for 38 in Seattle’s win at Portland

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Ray Allen poured in 38 points to lead the
Seattle SuperSonics to a 121-108 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Chris Wilcox also had a solid performance, scoring 20 points to go along with
10 rebounds and six assists. Earl Watson added 19 points and eight assists for
Seattle, which has won three consecutive games for the first time since early
December.

“We were just out there having fun, playing, executing, running the plays and
everything else was just falling for us,” Wilcox said. “I was trying to be a
playmaker tonight, getting everybody involved.”

Allen went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and moved into second place on the all-
time three-pointers made list with 1,723, passing Dale Ellis by four. Reggie
Miller is first with 2,560.

Nick Collison tallied 13 points off the bench. Luke Ridnour ended with 10
points, seven boards and six assists, while Damien Wilkins also netted 10
points in the victory.

Juan Dixon led the Trail Blazers with 28 points, while Sebastian Telfair
contributed 15 points and six assists. Theo Ratliff scored 14 points for
Portland, which has lost 16 of its last 18 contests. Zach Randolph tallied 13
points, while Darius Miles chipped in 10 points in the setback.

“We can blame turnovers and defense and you can blame Ray Allen also,” Telfair
said. “He hit shots like I can’t even explain.”

The Trail Blazers dominated the early stages of the first quarter, but the
Supersonics battled back with a 12-6 spurt to close out the opening frame down
just 29-26. The first six points in the second frame went to Seattle, as the
team controlled the second quarter en route a 58-52 halftime advantage.

Seattle continued its solid play over Portland throughout the third stanza and
closed out the quarter with a 14-4 run. The Sonics went into the final frame
with a 15-point lead and although Portland battled throughout the fourth
quarter, the Trail Blazers were unable to stop Seattle’s offense.

Game Notes

Both teams shot well from the field, as Seattle connected on 56.0 percent of
its shots from the floor, while Portland posted a 51.9 percent shooting
effort…Portland won the battle in the paint, 54-40, but the Sonics
outrebounded the Trail Blazers, 42-30…The Sonics played without Rashard
Lewis, who was suspended for one game after pleading guilty to reckless
driving.

POR SEA