Wednesday , Dec , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lewis and Seattle crush Atlanta

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis powered his way for 29 points,
eight rebounds and four blocked shots, as the SuperSonics overcame the absence
of Ray Allen for a 102-87 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Allen, the team’s leading scorer at 25.3 points per game, was inactive for the
contest with a strained tendon in his right foot.

Lewis though picked up the slack by shooting 10-of-16 from the field and was
one of six Seattle players in double figures. Chris Wilcox tallied 18 points
and nine boards for the Sonics, who have won two of three overall and seven in
a row over the Hawks.

Joe Johnson had 34 points to pace Atlanta, which has dropped eight of its last
11 contests.

The Hawks were never really in the contest as the Sonics led the entire way. A
jumper by Lewis capped a 14-4 blitz to start the game and it was 29-18 after
12 minutes.

Seattle led by double digits most of the second quarter, on the way to a 52-39
halftime cushion.

A Johnson three-pointer brought Atlanta within 58-51 with 8:12 left in the
third, but the Sonics maintained control with eight consecutive points,
finished by Johan Petro’s hook shot.

Atlanta again tried a run and got to within 69-63 following Josh Smith’s
layup, but Lewis’ layup represented the final points of the third for a 77-63
margin.

The Hawks never got the lead under double digits in the fourth.

Luke Ridnour had 14 points, while Nick Collison totaled 11 points and nine
boards for Seattle.

Smith had 11 points and Zaza Pachulia scored 10 for Atlanta, which shot 38.6
percent.

Game Notes

Atlanta guard Speedy Claxton missed the game with sore knees…Atlanta has
lost 10 of 14 at Seattle…Damien Wilkins and Earl Watson each had 10 points
for the Sonics, who shot 55.3 percent…Seattle outrebounded Atlanta, 44-28.

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