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Seattle at Utah

Lewis scores 35 to lead 22-point Sonics comeback win over Jazz

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Trailing by 20 entering the fourth quarter, the Seattle SuperSonics were hoping just to get out of Utah with a little dignity.

They left with quite a bit.

The Sonics outscored Utah 39-16 in the final quarter, rallying to win 106-103 Saturday and humbling the Jazz on the night they unveiled their division championship banner.

"Coming out of the huddle going into the fourth quarter, coaches said just keep fighting for the next five minutes," said Rashard Lewis, who scored 28 of his 35 points in the second half.

After that first five minutes, the Sonics had taken a blowout and made it interesting. After 10 minutes, what was once a 22-point margin was down to three, and in the final minute the Sonics completed the comeback by passing the Jazz and hanging on to win it.

Seattle was 6-for-8 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.

"We finally hit our rhythm and those 3s came up big," Lewis said. "We was able to pull within 10 and kind of took over the game from there."

Earl Watson had 15 points and nine assists, and Nick Collison added 14 points and seven rebounds in helping the Sonics end a four-game losing streak.

"You remember the season as a whole, but it is a good win," Collison said. "It's good for fans and people to see that we're still trying."

Seattle was playing on the day All-Star guard Ray Allen had surgery on both ankles to remove bone spurs. Guard Luke Ridnour didn't travel with the team because of a sprained ankle.

The Jazz blew a 17-point lead the night before in a loss at Sacramento, then topped that Saturday at home.

Deron Williams had 24 points and 13 assists, and Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Utah, which leads Houston by one game for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Jazz have lost three straight and are in jeopardy of having to start the playoffs on the road.

"We gave up 21 points on turnovers. Some of those were just totally unforced," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "It looked like we hadn't played with each other. That's what happens when the pressure gets on you a little bit. We've got to learn how to deal with it."

The Jazz could have increased the lead over the Rockets to two games had they been able to hang on in the fourth quarter.

But Seattle started hitting from outside and didn't stop until Lewis hit a 13-footer that put the Sonics up 102-101 with 21 seconds left. Collison added two free throws and Lewis hit two more from the line with 0.9 seconds left.

Utah had time for one last shot, but Derek Fisher had to rush after catching the inbounds pass, and his 3-point attempt hit the top of the backboard as time expired.

"I don't think we lost the game in last minute or last couple of minutes," said Mehmet Okur, who scored 10 for Utah. "If you look at the second half, we gave them what they want. They score every time they catch the ball. We cannot play this way in the playoffs."

Utah outrebounded Seattle 38-25, but also put Seattle on the free throw line 23 times. The Sonics hit 16 free throws, twice as many as the Jazz.

The Jazz led 87-67 entering the fourth quarter, but the Sonics went on a 15-4 run, cutting Utah's lead to 91-82 on Watson's layup. Mickael Gelabale made a 3-pointer to get the Sonics within 93-85, then Collison stuffed Fisher's layup attempt at one end and dunked it a few seconds later to cut the margin to six points.

Seattle continued to get closer, and Watson's 3-pointer with 2:04 trimmed Utah's lead to 97-94 as the Sonics continued to hit almost ever shot they took from beyond the arc.

Gelabale's 3-pointer got Seattle within 101-100 with 54 seconds left. Matt Harpring made a bad pass for Utah and Watson came up with it, setting up Lewis' go-ahead shot.

Notes

  • Paul Millsap scored 12, and Harpring and Gordan Giricek had 10 points apiece for Utah.
  • Jazz F Andrei Kirilenko sat out with a thumb injury
  • Lewis, Collison and Watson were the only players to score in double figures for Seattle. And none of the Sonics had more than eight rebounds.
  • Seattle and Utah tied the season series 2-2.
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Rashard Lewis sparks a shocking Sonics comeback with 28 points in the second half.  (Getty Images)
Rashard Lewis sparks a shocking Sonics comeback with 28 points in the second half. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Seattle (31-46) «30181939106
Utah (48-28) 27303016103
SEA:R. Lewis 35 Pts
SEA:R. Lewis 8 Reb
SEA:E. Watson 9 Ast
UTA:D. Williams 24 Pts
UTA:C. Boozer 13 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 13 Ast
Players of the Game
UtahSeattle

D. Williams

R. Lewis
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Seattle
R. Lewis, SF4412-195-782135
E. Watson, PG436-130-009215
N. Collison, C334-86-1074314
C. Wilcox, PF214-80-02118
D. Wilkins, SG194-70-01109
M. Wilks, PG262-34-41628
M. Gelabale, SF233-41-21229
J. Petro, C192-50-04014
A. Brown, PF112-20-01014
R. Allen, SGDid Not Play
D. Fortson, CDid Not Play
R. Swift, CDid Not Play
L. Ridnour, PGDid Not Play
M. Sene, CDid Not Play
Totals 39-6916-23252513106
 56.5%69.6% 
Utah
D. Williams, PG4210-172-3513424
M. Okur, C355-80-042210
D. Fisher, PG314-110-02329
C. Boozer, PF318-140-0134116
R. Brewer, SG185-72-231012
M. Harpring, SF304-61-132410
G. Giricek, SG224-91-140010
P. Millsap, PF175-62-332212
J. Collins, C70-10-00110
R. Araujo, C60-10-01010
A. Kirilenko, SFDid Not Play
C. Miles, SFDid Not Play
D. Brown, PGDid Not Play
Totals 45-808-10382817103
 56.2%80.0% 
Other Games
Bos 98 Final
Ind 105
Mem 89 Final
Orl 116
Wash 114 Final
NJ 120
NO 96 Final
Min 94
GS 99 Final
SA 112
NY 118 Final
Mil 113
Port 74 Final
Dal 86
Den 96 Final
LAC 93