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
"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
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.
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