Sonics fight past Magic

Associated Press
Published January 12, 2006

SEATTLE - Rashard Lewis scored a season-high 45 and the SuperSonics overcame the ejection of Ray Allen for a 113-104 win over the Magic on Wednesday night.

Lewis was 12-of-18 from the field and 17-of-20 from the free-throw line. It was his best game since scoring 41 in an overtime win against Toronto in November. Seattle is 13-5 when Lewis scores 20 or mores.

Luke Ridnour added 23 points for Seattle.

The Sonics played much of the game without Allen, who was ejected for fighting with Orlando's Keyon Dooling with 10:53 left in the second quarter.

After Jameer Nelson missed for the Magic, Allen pulled down the rebound and replays showed that he caught a glancing blow in the chin from Dooling.

At the other end, the two collided as Seattle ran a set play and Allen appeared to give Dooling a short elbow to the chest before running along the baseline. Dooling ran at Allen and pushed him to the ground. Allen got up and tackled Dooling into the first row of seats along the sideline and onto some fans.

The two briefly scuffled and Dooling threw a punch that missed. The two were separated with Orlando's Stacey Augmon pulling Allen away from Dooling.

Underneath the stands, Dooling briefly ran toward the Sonics locker room and yelled at Allen, but team officials and police kept the two apart.

Nelson led the Magic with a career-high 32 points off the bench. Hedo Turkoglu added 16, but was no match for Lewis defensively, and fouled out with 3:22 left.

DeShawn Stevenson added 15 for Orlando, which dropped its sixth straight road game.

Orlando forward Grant Hill sat out his third straight game with a strained groin. Hill had a precautionary MRI taken on Wednesday and is expected to try to practice today.

KNICKS 117, MAVS 115 (OT): Stephon Marbury scored 28, Antonio Davis provided a spark in overtime, and host New York blew an 18-point lead before winning its fifth straight.

Jamal Crawford added 25 points and Eddy Curry had 21 for the Knicks. Davis had four points and three rebounds in overtime, and played tough defense on Dirk Nowitzki. New York led by at least eight from midway through the first quarter until early in the fourth, but shot 7-of-21 (33 percent) in the fourth.

Nowitzki had 32 points for the Mavericks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and lost to the Knicks for the first time in eight games.

Nowitzki missed a 3-pointer just before the end of regulation.

BLAZERS 113, LAKERS 103: Host Portland overcame Kobe Bryant's 41 points, ending his streak of 45-plus games at four, and ended a six-game skid. Bryant, who had 23 points at the half, was accidentally hit in the eye by Ruben Patterson midway through the fourth quarter. Bryant collapsed, but returned. Zach Randolph didn't start, because Portland's top scorer was reportedly late for a shootaround. But Randolph quickly entered when center Theo Ratliff committed two fouls in the first 30 seconds.

TIMBERWOLVES 99, BULLS 93: Kevin Garnett had 28 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, his 500th career double double, and host Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak. Garnett's double double total is second among active players to Shaquille O'Neal's 640. Chicago went nearly six minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter and struggled offensively for most of the game. "I didn't notice them stepping up the defensive pressure," said Chicago's Ben Gordon, who missed nine shots in a row after not hitting the rim during a 6-for-6 start. "I just noticed my missing shots." Kirk Hinrich had a career-high 17 assists for the Bulls.

RAPTORS 95, BOBCATS 86: Chris Bosh had 29 points and 10 rebounds for host Toronto. Charlotte was missing Emeka Okafor (sprained ankle), Kareem Rush (sprained ankle), Sean May (sore right knee) and Melvin Ely (sprained ankle). Point guard Brevin Knight didn't play in the second half because of back spasms.

WIZARDS 103, HAWKS 72: Before the game, Washington coach Eddie Jordan introduced a "hustle board" in hopes of inspiring his team in aspects besides scoring, and it seemed to have an impact. The board included deflections, charges drawn, offensive rebounds and steals. The host Wizards had a 52-31 rebounding margin, allowed a season-low point total and had 27 second-chance points. Brendan Haywood and Antawn Jamison, the only Wizards to start every game, were scratched from the starting lineup. "Eddie didn't say anything to me about it," Haywood said. "I probably would have liked to have it done a different way, come talk to me, sit down and tell me why that's happening. But he still hasn't said anything to me about it. Probably won't. I guess that's his M.O."

KINGS 88, ROCKETS 80: Mike Bibby and Corliss Williamson scored 19 apiece for visiting Sacramento. Kings guard Peja Stojakovic re-aggravated a back injury and left late in the third quarter. He says he is day to day. Juwan Howard had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Houston and Dikembe Mutombo had a season-high 18 rebounds. For the second straight game, the Rockets had six players out with injuries, including Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. McGrady's bad back will be re-evaluated Friday and Yao is out at least three more weeks after toe surgery. Rose Bowl MVP Vince Young of Texas, a Houston native, had a courtside seat next to Rockets owner Les Alexander.

JAZZ 110, 76ERS 102: Mehmet Okur scored 25 and Andrei Kirilenko added 23 as visiting Utah overcame Allen Iverson's 46 points. Philadelphia's Chris Webber wasn't feeling the effects of a back injury that forced him to miss two of the previous three games. He scored 18 in the first half and finished with 21. Iverson scored 40-plus points for the ninth time this season and 68th in his career.

HEAT 110, WARRIORS 96: Dwyane Wade had 32 points, 11 assists and five rebounds for visiting Miami. Shaquille O'Neal bounced back from two subpar games to finish with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, which won easily despite shooting 8-of-19 from the line - 1-for-11 by O'Neal.

PACERS 112, BUCKS 88: Host Indianapolis held Michael Redd to 13 points and shot 56 percent to hand Milwaukee its fourth loss in five games. Redd, who was averaging 25 points, shot 4-for-15.

PISTONS: Reserve guard Carlos Arroyo was suspended for one game without pay for bumping an official while protesting a call. He will miss tonight's game against the Spurs.