Ridnour tied career high with 17

SEATTLE (AP) -- Even Ray Allen is surprised at what the Seattle

SuperSonics are doing.

Allen scored 20 points and Rashard Lewis added 18, leading the

Sonics to their fourth consecutive victory, 108-78 over the

Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Allen, a four-time All-Star, knows Seattle's roster isn't the

best in the NBA, but he and his teammates are outworking the


"Every year you talk about who's going to win the championship

and who's going to come in last place, but that's based on

talent," Allen said. "It's not who works the hardest, and who

works the hardest is going to win a game every night."

The Sonics, who won only 37 games last season and missed the

playoffs for the second straight year, got 16 points and 13

rebounds from reserve power forward Danny Fortson. His inside

presence has been a key to Seattle's 4-1 start.

With the addition of the 6-foot-8, 277-pound Fortson to their

bench, the Sonics are outrebounding their opponents by eight boards

per game. They outrebounded the Kings 54-39.

The Sonics were last in the NBA in rebounding last season.

"I'd have to say he's a big key," Allen said. "Most of the

teams we've played had strong, dominant post players. He's been

able to take them out of the game, bang with them and get rebounds.

Last year, we weren't getting second-chance points."

Fortson mixed it up with the Kings under the basket. He was

called for a technical, Brad Miller one and Greg Ostertag one.

"Those guys played physical, too," Fortson said. "You might

not see as much of them as you do me. I caught some elbows tonight,

but I'm not complaining or crying about it."

The struggling Kings, a 55-victory team that reached the Western

Conference semifinals last season, got 17 points from Miller and 16

from Peja Stojakovic.

But Chris Webber was limited to 11 points on 2-for-13 shooting

after getting 21 points and leading Sacramento (1-4) to its only

victory of the season Tuesday night at home against Toronto. All

the Kings' losses have come on the road.

Stojakovic, who averaged 24.2 points last season, shot 1-for-7

from 3-point range.

"We've got to do a better job than that," Sacramento coach

Rick Adelman said. "It was mostly our doing."

Webber thinks the Kings will start playing a lot better when

they start playing at home.

"Hopefully, the schedule will start catching up to some sort of

sanity for us," he said.

New Sonics starting point guard Luke Ridnour tied his career

high with 17 points, and teammate Vladimir Radmanovic had 14.

The Sonics led by 19 points early in the second quarter. They

were ahead by 14 at halftime and 18 late in the third period. The

Kings' only lead was 2-0.

The Sonics have scored more than 100 points in each of their

four wins, which have come after a 30-point loss to the Clippers in

Los Angeles in their season opener.

"I just like the way we're playing," Sonics coach Nate

McMillan said. "We're playing hard, we're playing together. For 48

minutes, that team is giving a solid effort."

The Kings won three of four meetings with the Sonics last

season.Game notes
The Sonics don't know when they're going to get G Ronald

Murray back. Murray was placed on the injured list Nov. 5 with a

strained left quad muscle, meaning he must miss five games. He

missed his fourth straight game Wednesday night. Murray played

eight minutes of the opener on Nov. 3 after missing all eight

exhibition games. "I don't really have a schedule," McMillan said

before the game. Murray was a key contributor to the Sonics last

season, averaging 12.4 points and playing in all 82 games.