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

Sonics thrilled to have Allen back on the court

(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics are just 11-17 and are in the
cellar in the Northwest Division. They close out a three-game homestand on
Tuesday when they welcome the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets to KeyArena.

It is the second meeting of the season between the Sonics and Hornets. 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 the 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. The Connecticut product leads Seattle in
scoring (25.4 ppg).

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. The Sonics will be playing the Nuggets
and Timberwolves for the first time this season.

Seattle suffered a big loss when forward Rashard Lewis suffered a sprained
tendon in right hand on December 20th during a 103-95 loss to the Mavericks.
Lewis is expected to miss up to eight weeks with the injury. Lewis is
averaging 21.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 27 contests this season.