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March 7, 2008 4:15 PM

Philadelphia game thread

Posted by Percy Allen

GAME OVER --- Sonics lose 117-83.

JUNK TIME --- The Sonics will lose this game and Carlesimo has emptied the bench. Green, however, is the only starter still on the court and it looks as if he will finish the game with the reserves.

DALEMBERT CHECKS OUT --- It's about time. He finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

DALEMBERT STAYS IN --- It seems obvious that Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks is keeping Dalembert in the game so he can get surpass his career high of 24 points. He's the only starter on the court.

MARSHALL, WILKS ENTER --- With 7:15 left, Donyell Marshall and Mike Wilks make an appearance.

BAD BODY LANUAGE --- The Sonics look physically and mentally whipped. There's no life whatsoever on the bench. No encouragment. No high fives. Little to no communication. Just blank stares into the crowd. At times, Durant stands up and waves a white towel to cheer on teammates, but he's the only one.

THIRD QUARTER --- What was once a competitive game has the makings of a blowout. The Sonics reduced their halftime deficit to five points (63-58), but the rest of the quarter was downright dismal. Seattle managed just eight points for the rest of the period and trails 88-66.

COLLISON STARTS --- Nick Collison started the second half in place of Petro. Petro wasn't bad in the first half. He had two points and three rebounds, but he did very little to contain Dalembert. Collison is two inches shorter than the Sixers center, but he knows how to play position defense.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION --- The Sonics have no problems scoring tonight. They shot 52.6 percent in the first quarter 60 percent in the second and 56.4 in the first half. The problem is their defense. Philadelphia is shooting 58.7 percent in the half. The Sixers also have 15 fastbreak points and 34 points in the paint.

HALFTIME --- The Sonics are down 61-52. Dalembert has 16 points and six rebounds. His season high scoring is 22 and his career high is 24. Wilcox scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the second quarter.

DAZZLING DISPLAY --- Dalembert is putting on a dunk show. He's just flushed his third dunk. This one came over Wilcox that put Philadelphia up 53-41.

PRESSURE --- After baskets, Philadelphia is pressuring the Sonics guards, espeically Luke Ridnour, in the backcourt. The ploy is causing Seattle fits.

GLASS CLEANING --- The difference in rebounding is beginning to show itself. The Sixers have 11 in the first quarter compared to seven for Seattle. Evans and Dalembert are rebounding monsters. Each has four. The Sonics need Wilcox to pay attention to the glass and box out.

FIRST QUARTER --- Sonics trail 33-22. Every Sixer in the starting lineup has scored. Iguodala and Evans each have seven points to lead Philadelphia. Durant has a game-high 10.

TICKET REQUEST --- Sparse crowd at the Wachovia Center. Several Sonics had large ticket demands tonight. Donyell Marshall who hails from nearby Reading, PA needed 16 tickets. Durant and Green, who are from Washington, D.C., each asked for 12 tickets. And Chris Wilcox also has a small contingency in the building.

STARTING LINEUPS

SONICS
F -- Jeff Green
F -- Chris Wilcox
C -- Johan Petro
G -- Kevin Durant
G -- Earl Watson

PHILADELPHIA
F -- Andre Iguodala
F -- Reggie Evans
C -- Samuel Dalembert
G -- Willie Green
G -- Andre Miller

Officials -- Tom Washington, Jason Phillips, Mark Ayotte

PRE-GAME NOTES --- Coach P.J. Carlesimo believes Thursday's day off will help the Sonics and give them fresh legs.

-- One of the keys to the game for the Sonics is containing Philadelphia's explosive backcourt, especially PG Andre Miller.

-- The Sixers are the No. 1 offensive rebounding team.

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