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Lewis leads Sonics to ninth consecutive win

By wire services
Published November 20, 2004

TORONTO - The Sonics aren't satisfied with just having the NBA's best record.

Rashard Lewis scored 27 points and Ray Allen had 24 to lead the Sonics to their ninth straight victory, 101-94 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Seattle is 9-1.

"We have to get better. We have to start doing some things better to continue to win," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "We're not happy with just winning these games. It's a way we want to win. We're working hard and doing some good things, but to beat those good teams in the NBA you've got to have consistency in your defensive effort, your halfcourt execution, because teams will find ways to slow you down. We're finding ways to win games."

"I'm extremely happy, but we have another game Sunday and we don't want to get too comfortable and too satisfied," Lewis said. "A lot of teams are going to pay more attention to us."

Vince Carter had 21 points for the Raptors, losers of five straight.

Fans loudly booed Carter during introductions and almost every time he touched the ball. Carter asked for a trade this summer, and his agent traveled to Toronto on Friday to meet with Raptors general manager Rob Babcock, who is reportedly involved in trade talks with Portland.

"I don't know what's going on, I still don't," Carter said. "It's weird, they boo you, then you make a shot, they cheer, so that's why I'm happy."

SUNS 107, LAKERS 102: Amare Stoudemire scored 33 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 51.8 seconds remaining, to lift the host Suns. It was the third consecutive 30-plus game for the third-year power forward

NUGGETS 99, BULLS 81: Earl Boykins matched his career high with 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 18, helping host Denver keep Chicago winless.

MAVERICKS 103, KNICKS 101: Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead short-handed Dallas at home.

HEAT 107, JAZZ 105 (OT): Dwyane Wade capped a career-high 39-point night with a jumper over Raja Bell at the buzzer in overtime to lift the host Heat.

SPURS 92, CELTICS 84: Tim Duncan scored 26 points and the visiting Spurs capitalized on fourth-quarter turnovers to win.

NETS: Jason Kidd's recovery from surgery on his left knee is on schedule and the All-Star point guard hopes to practice next month.

[Last modified November 20, 2004, 01:05:22]


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