Sonics mess up Spurs

Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2004


  Seattle Sonics Vladimir Radmanovic (77) of Serbia-Montenegro blocks the dive of San Antonio Spurs Manu Ginobili of Argentina while Sonics Danny Fortson trails the play during first quarter action at the SBC Center in San Antonio Tuesday December 8, 2004. AP Photo, Doug Sehres

Seattle Sonics Vladimir Radmanovic (77) of Serbia-Montenegro blocks the dive of San Antonio Spurs Manu Ginobili of Argentina while Sonics Danny Fortson trails the play during first quarter action at the SBC Center in San Antonio Tuesday December 8, 2004.

AP Photo, Doug Sehres

SAN ANTONIO — Ray Allen scored 29 points, including a pair of 3-pointers late in the game, as the Seattle SuperSonics ended the Spurs' 21-game home winning streak with a 102-96 victory Wednesday night.

The game was a matchup of the NBA's winningest teams: San Antonio came in at 16-3 and riding an eight-game streak, while the SuperSonics were 15-3 and had won six of their last seven.

The SuperSonics, off to a surprisingly strong start this season, have beaten the Spurs twice in as many meetings. Both times, Seattle has scored more than 100 points, the only two times this season San Antonio has allowed that many.

Rashard Lewis added 16 for Seattle, and Antonio Daniels and Danny Fortson each had 14.

Tim Duncan scored a season-high 39 for the Spurs, and he grabbed 10 rebounds in the team's first home loss since March. The winning streak ended one game short of the team record of 22 straight in 1999.

Pistons 90, Raptors 86

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Richard Hamilton scored six of his 19 points in overtime as the Detroit Pistons held off the Toronto Raptors.

Rasheed Wallace added 16 points, while Ben Wallace had 15 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks for the Pistons, blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead, but recovered to win their third straight.

Timberwolves 119, 76ers 84

PHILADELPHIA — Eddie Griffin scored a career-high 27 points and Latrell Sprewell had 24 in his return from a one-game suspension for Minnesota.

Kevin Garnett added 19 points for the Timberwolves, who have won six of seven.

Nuggets 111, Wizards 105

WASHINGTON — Andre Miller had a season-high 34 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead Denver.

Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and Marcus Camby 16 points and nine rebounds as the Nuggets won the first of seven road games in 11 days, their longest trip since the 1987-88 season.

Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 28 points, and Antawn Jamison added 27 points and 11 rebounds as the Wizards' four-game home winning streak ended.

Grizzlies 97, Hawks 89

ATLANTA — Pau Gasol scored 24 points to lead Memphis over the Hawks, the Grizzlies' third win in four games under new coach Mike Fratello.

Mike Miller and Stromile Swift added 13 points, and Lorenzen Wright and Earl Watson each had 11 for the Grizzlies.

Antoine Walker scored 31 points for the Hawks, who snapped a nine-game losing streak Monday night. They kept it close despite missing their first 12 shots and falling behind by 11 points early.

Heat 101, Bucks 96

MILWAUKEE — Shaquille O'Neal scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for Miami.

O'Neal played just 21 minutes because of foul trouble, but made his presence felt down the stretch despite picking up his fifth foul with 8:23 left.

Udonis Haslem made all 12 of his free throws to finish with 20 points for Miami, which improved to 11-2 against the Eastern Conference. Dwyane Wade had 17 points and 10 assists, and Eddie Jones also scored 17 points.

Knicks 86, Hornets 79

NEW ORLEANS — Stephon Marbury had 22 points and nine assists to help the New York Knicks end a three-game losing streak and drop the New Orleans Hornets to 0-9 at home.

After shooting 2-of-12 in the Knicks' loss Tuesday night in Memphis, Marbury started 1-for-6 but made five of his next 11 shots, including four 3-pointers. His last basket, a driving scoop shot with about two minutes to go, stopped a 6-0 Hornets run that trimmed New York's lead — once as large as 24 — to 10.

Kurt Thomas scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Nazr Mohammed made his first five shots, finishing with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, to carry the Knicks to an early double-digit lead. Mohammed also had nine rebounds, while Tim Thomas scored 11 points.

Bulls 113, Cavaliers 85

CHICAGO — Eddy Curry scored 20 points and rookie Ben Gordon added 21 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a lopsided victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Tyson Chandler added 15 points and nine rebounds for Chicago, which snapped a three-game losing streak and ended Cleveland's three-game winning streak.

LeBron James scored 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting, and Cleveland shot just 36.3 percent overall.

Magic 106, Jazz 100

SALT LAKE CITY — Cuttino Mobley scored 26 points and hit a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute and the Orlando Magic extended Utah's losing streak to six games.

Steve Francis added 20 points and Grant Hill 18 for the Magic, who took command in the third quarter by making six of seven 3-pointers and held off the Jazz down the stretch for Orlando's first season sweep of Utah.

Utah has lost six in a row for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

Suns 113, Lakers 110

LOS ANGELES — Quentin Richardson's 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds remaining capped a 21-point effort and overshadowed Kobe Bryant's second triple-double in as many games.

Joe Johnson had 25 points and Amare Stoudemire had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who improved to 16-3, tying Seattle for the NBA's best record and equaling the best start in franchise history. The 1980-81 Suns also won 16 of their first 19 under coach John MacLeod and finished 57-25. Phoenix has won nine of 10 on the road and six straight — the Suns' longest road winning streak since 1997-98, when they won seven straight.

Bryant had 20 points, tied a season high with 11 assists and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds en route to his 12th career triple-double, third this season and second in two meetings with Phoenix. The Lakers are 29-8 when Bryant reaches double digits in assists, including 3-3 this season. This was his fourth straight game with at least 10.

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