Wednesday , Apr , 18 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

NBA-best Mavericks finish regular season in Seattle

(Sports Network) – The NBA-best Dallas Mavericks and Seattle SuperSonics
finish their regular-season schedules tonight at KeyArena.

The Mavericks, who are the defending Western Conference champions, are the top
seed in the Western Conference and will have home-court advantage throughout
the playoffs, while Seattle did not qualify for the postseason for the second
straight year.

Dallas is 2-0 against the SuperSonics this season and has won eight in a row
in the series. The Mavericks have won five straight and six of their last
seven contests at Seattle.

The Mavericks do not know who their opponent will be in the opening round.
They will face either the Clippers, Lakers or Warriors.

On Tuesday, Mickael Pietrus scored 22 points off the bench and was one of
seven Warriors in double figures as Golden State inched one step closer to a
playoff berth by crushing the Mavericks, 111-82, at ORACLE Arena.

Maurice Ager poured in 20 points for the Mavericks, who rested four of their
key players. Jose Barea netted 13 and grabbed 10 boards, while Devin Harris
added 13 points off the bench and Devean George scored 12 in defeat.

The Mavericks rested MVP candidate Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard, Jerry
Stackhouse and Erick Dampier against Golden State.

Dallas is 30-10 as the visitor this season.

Seattle tries to halt a four-game losing streak before it goes into the
offseason. On Sunday, superstar Kobe Bryant poured in 50 points to lead the
Los Angeles Lakers to a 109-98 victory over the SuperSonics at the Staples

Rashard Lewis scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the SuperSonics,
who have dropped four straight and eight of their last nine games overall.
Mike Wilks scored 22 and handed out eight assists, while Chris Wilcox ended
with 20 points and 10 boards in defeat.

The SuperSonics are 20-20 at home this season. All-Star Ray Allen, who is
sidelined with a left ankle injury, averaged a team-best 26.4 points in 55
games this season.