Tuesday , Dec , 26 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Sonics wrap up homestand versus Hornets

(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics close out a three-game homestand
tonight, as they welcome the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets to KeyArena.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 8th,
Chris Wilcox had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Seattle to a 94-74 win
over the Hornets at KeyArena.

The SuperSonics have won two of the last three contests in this series. The
Hornets have lost two in a row and five of their last six at Seattle.

The Hornets will host the Sonics on February 23, 2007 and April 4, 2007 in the
final two contests of the season between the squads.

Seattle is 1-1 on the homestand. On Saturday, All-Star guard Ray Allen
returned from a nine-game absence and scored 28 points, grabbed six rebounds
and dished out five assists to lead the SuperSonics past the Toronto Raptors,
110-97, at KeyArena.

Allen missed time with a bone bruise in his right ankle. The Sonics were just
3-6 without him in the lineup.

Luke Ridnour posted 18 points and six assists in the win over Toronto for
Seattle, while Nick Collison had 15 points and eight boards for the
SuperSonics, who snapped a six-game losing streak.

The SuperSonics are 7-7 at KeyArena this season. They will play their next two
games against Northwest Division rivals. Seattle is scheduled to visit Denver
on Thursday and Minnesota on Friday.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City will try and get back on the winning track this
evening. Tony Parker scored 19 points and handed out nine assists as the San
Antonio Spurs routed the Hornets, 112-77, on Saturday at the Ford Center.

Chris Paul scored 20 points in the loss to San Antonio for the Hornets, who
have lost five of their last six games overall. Rasual Butler ended with 16
points and Jannero Pargo added 11 off of the bench in defeat.

The Hornets are without three key players. Peja Stojakovic (lower back) is
expected to miss at least two months, and David West (right forearm/elbow) is
out indefinitely. Jackson has a cracked left rib and has not played since
November 28th.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City is 5-9 on the road this season. The Hornets will
visit Portland on Wednesday.