Thursday , Feb , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Allen leads Sonics past ailing Suns

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen dropped in 31 points and grabbed six
rebounds as Seattle defeated a short-handed Phoenix team, 114-90, at

The Suns played without two key contributors in Steve Nash and Boris Diaw.

Nash, the two-time reigning league MVP, has missed four straight games with a
sore right shoulder and will also miss Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. Meanwhile,
Diaw missed his second straight tilt with back spasms.

Nick Collison added 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 15 rebounds for the
Sonics, who have won three of their last four games. Rashard Lewis chipped in
with 20 points, while Earl Watson had 12 points and dished out seven assists.

Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and 13 boards for the Suns, who dropped their
third straight. Marcus Banks tallied a team-high 21 points and Leandro Barbosa
finished with 16 points and five assists but had six turnovers.

The Suns found themselves down by 11 at the half and tried to chip away early
in the third quarter. Barbosa’s jumper midway through the frame cut the Sonics
lead to six, 70-64.

But, Seattle recovered and closed the stanza strongly to take back control of
the contest. Allen scored the final six points of the quarter for the Sonics
and the team took a comfortable 92-77 cushion into the final quarter.

Seattle continued to pull away early in the fourth. Watson hooked up with
Andre Brown with on an alley-oop to make it a 20-point game, 102-82, with 6:59
to go.

Phoenix never seriously threatened from there as the Sonics coasted to the
finish line.

The Sonics raced out to a 30-21 advantage after the opening 12 minutes and
continued to play frontrunner, 63-52, at intermission..

Game Notes

The Suns are still an impressive 19-7 on the road this season…The
SuperSonics are now 14-13 at home this season…The Sonics had 26 assists to
just 16 for Phoenix…Allen finished 5-of-9 from long range in the game.