SEATTLE (AP) -- Portland and Seattle are the bottom two teams in
the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers looked nowhere near the
SuperSonics' class Sunday night.
Ray Allen scored 24 points to lead six Seattle players in double
figures and the Sonics handed Portland its 11th straight defeat,
The 39-point difference was Seattle's largest margin of victory
since a 38-point win over San Antonio on April 18, 2001. Seattle
led by as many as 42, and kept the Trail Blazers winless since
beating Phoenix at home on March 12.
"What I saw from my team out on the court, you shouldn't see
that in basketball," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "They
basically had their way with us tonight."
Portland, on its third-longest skid overall in franchise
history, also lost its 12th on the road since a win at Charlotte on
Afterward, McMillan classified the loss as Portland's worst
performance of the season and called a players-only meeting
immediately following. McMillan said it was the first players-only
meeting this year and yelling could be heard outside the Portland
"We just got some things off our chest as a team," Portland's
Joel Przybilla said. "It's everyone. We're all frustrated. Anytime
you lose ... it's not fun."
Allen made seven of 13 shots, including three 3-pointers to pull
within three of Dale Ellis for second place in NBA history for made
3s. Allen now has 1,716 in his career. He also had six rebounds and
The only downside for Seattle was word that center Johan Petro
broke his nose after catching an elbow from Przybilla midway
through the third quarter.
"Our defense was clearly the best it's been all season long,"
Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "We got a lot of points off our
defense and that was pretty much it. We took care of business."
While the Pacific Northwest neighbors are at the bottom of the
Western Conference, their play in the last month has been
strikingly opposite. Since the end of February and the acquisition
of Wilcox and Watson, Seattle has gone 9-7, while Portland is 2-15
during the same stretch.
Seattle never trailed and the only tie was at 2-2. Otherwise, it
was complete domination by the Sonics.
The Sonics scored 67 points in the first half and shot 65
percent. Seattle's 32-point halftime lead was one-point off its
largest lead at any time in a game this season.
It was a much more disappointing return for McMillan than his
first trip back to Emerald City, where he was a player and coach
with the Sonics for 19 seasons. On Jan. 30, the Blazers scored a
season-high in points in a 116-111 win over the Sonics in Seattle.
"We've talked about what we need to do to finish the season and
we can't just forfeit these games," McMillan said. "They just
came out right from the start and jumped on us. We made some of
those guys look like stars."
Sunday, Portland struggled to make anything, shooting 33 percent
in the first half and 39 percent for the game. Leading scorer Zach
Randolph played just 14 minutes, was 2-for-10 shooting and scored
five points, the third time in the last six games he's scored five
McMillan said he was told by Randolph and trainer Jay Jensen
that Randolph had a sore knee and didn't play in the second half.
About the only bright spots for Portland came from Sebastian
Telfair and Przybilla.
Telfair wasn't expected to play as McMillan continued to rotate
playing time late in the season among his glut of guards. Telfair
entered in the second quarter and scored 14 points in 22 minutes.
Przybilla had nine blocked shots, tying a franchise record for most
in a game.
"Tonight as a team we went out and didn't give any effort,"
Seattle native Martell Webster scored 14 playing for the first
time in his hometown.
The Sonics played without forward Rashard Lewis who is still
bothered by a sprained right ankle. His replacement was more than
adequate, as Wilkins made his first five shots and scored 15 points
in the first half.
Seattle C Robert Swift played with a protective mask for
the first time since breaking his nose in practice in late
February. ... McMillan received warm ovation during pregame
introductions, as did Webster.
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