Sonics leave Jazz singing road blues

Boozer records 21st double-double, but Utah loses 122-105 in Seattle

Posted: Monday, January 24, 2005

SEATTLE - When Rashard Lewis gets on a roll, it's sure tough for anyone to slow him.

Lewis scored 36 points, barely missing a season high, and Antonio Daniels added 24 points and eight assists, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 122-105 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.

This was a physical game, with plenty of bumps and collisions.

"We did a good job of playing through the contact and using it to our advantage, getting to the foul line and making things happen," Daniels said.

Ray Allen added 20 points, and Vladimir Radmanovic had 12 for Seattle, which shot 59 percent (38-of-64) from the floor to snap a two-game losing skid. Luke Ridnour added 13 points and seven assists.

Lewis had a solid game, answering every time the Sonics needed him. Utah got to 109-101 and forced a timeout with 3:39 to play after Matt Harpring scored on consecutive possessions, but Lewis restored order.

Bomb threat called into Sonics game


SEATTLE - Police ordered the evacuation of KeyArena immediately after Sunday night's Seattle SuperSonics NBA game, after a caller to the building's security office phoned in a bomb threat.

"They think it's a crank, but you never know," Sonics general manager Rick Sund said. "For security purposes, we're going to clear the building. The police are coming in and they'll sweep it."

The threat was called in by a man around 8:30 p.m., as the crowd was already leaving the building, police spokeswoman Debra Brown said late Sunday.

There was no official evacuation. Ushers ordered people out and the locker rooms and other areas were quickly cleared.

"The Seattle Police Department is currently conducting a precautionary sweep of the arena," Brown said. "I do not anticipate that there will be anything new to report."

Seattle beat the Utah Jazz 122-105.

Lewis, who scored a season-high 37 against the Clippers on Dec. 14, hit a 3-pointer and made a steal before swishing another 3-pointer that put Seattle ahead 115-103 with 2:20 left.

"What can you say? Rashard was just being Rashard," Seattle center Jerome James said. "When he's going like that, there's not too many people in this league that can guard him."

It was over moments later after Allen beat the buzzer with a jumper and added a 3-pointer.

"First, they killed us with the pick-and-roll," said Harpring, who scored 16 points. "Then when we tried to get people on the perimeter to defend, we couldn't do much the way they were shooting."

Carlos Boozer, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate who scored a career-high 36 points the last time the Jazz came to Seattle on Dec. 4, led Utah with 20 points and 12 rebounds for his 21st double-double this season. But Boozer's play couldn't stop the Jazz from losing for the fourth time in five games.

Andrei Kirilenko scored 14 points and blocked two shots in 14 minutes in his second game back after missing 26 with a sprained knee. He had two points and blocked two shots in 12 minutes in Saturday's loss to Memphis. Mehmet Okur scored 19 points and Gordon Giricek 10 for the Jazz.

This was a real whistle-fest, with officials Mark Wunderlich, Dan Crawford and Tony Brown assessing eight technical fouls. Utah was called for 38 personal fouls and Seattle 32.

The Sonics also shot a season-high 45 free throws, making 33 to improve to 13-1 when they attempt at least 30 free throws.

Utah cut it to 84-80 late in the third period after a three-point play by Boozer and a technical free throw by Okur.

"That's the way Utah plays," James said. "They like to grab. They like to hold. That's the type of team they've been since back in the day. They're going to play hard and they just kept coming."

Boozer drew a fifth foul against Seattle's Danny Fortson, who then was assessed a technical after throwing the ball at the standard in frustration. A questionable call, perhaps, but it seemed to pick Seattle up.

The Sonics opened the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run and led 99-82 with 9:41 remaining. After Boozer's jumper, Ridnour sliced the lane and found Lewis for a nice reverse dunk that put Seattle up 101-84 with 9:08 to go.

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