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March 11, 2008 4:14 PM

Indiana game thread

Posted by Percy Allen

THE STREAK CONTINUES --- Sonics lose 114-107 and their losing streak now stands at five games.

LATE-GAME LINEUP SHUFFLE --- P.J. Carlesimo has used a three-guard lineup with Luke Ridnour, Watson and Durant in the final minutes. It hasn't worked. Watson is outmatched defensively against Dunleavy or Marquis Daniels.

ALMOST OVER --- With 2:25 left, it's going to be difficult for the Sonics to pull off an upset. Indiana leads 11-98. Dunleavy has 32 points. Durant 25. Granger has been impressive with dribble drives and long jumpers. He's got 23 points.

DUNLEAVY DELIGHTS --- He's got 30 points and is nearing his career high 36, which he had three times this season.

HARD FOUL --- Collison is making the most of his fouls. With 10:11 remaining, he tried to stop Dunleavy from making a layup, but in doing so fell hard to the court and banged his hip. It was an ugly scene, but Collison walked to the bench and told players and trainers that he's ok.

THIRD QUARTER --- A strong finish allowed the Sonics to pull within four points. They are behind 86-82, which is a lot better than where this thing was going. Indiana was up 86-77 and were on the verge of staging a blowout before Collison drained a long jumper and Durant knocked down a three-pointer.

LOOK OUT! --- Petro forgot to tell Watson that David Harrison was setting a screen for Diener at the top of the key. Without that knowledge, Watson, 6-1 and 185 pounds, ran head first into Harrison who is 7-0 and 280 pounds. Watson fell hard to the court and he wasn't happy about it. Seconds later, he delivered an elbow to Harrison was charged with a technical foul.

HALFTIME --- Balanced scoring for the Sonics in the second quarter. Six players scored at least four points, which helped Seattle cut its deficit to 56-55. Durant leads the Sonics with 11 points. After a rocky start, Nick Collison has eight points off the bench. Watson also has eight points and Green did not score in the period and is stuck on nine. Dunleavy leads everyone with 14 points. Granger has 13 and Murphy 10.

DUNLEAVY IS BACK --- With 2:44 left, Dunleavy returns and the Sonics trail 51-47.

DUNLEAVY DOWN --- Dunleavy went up for a rebound and sprained his left ankle. No report from the PR staff, but they way he was helped to the lockerroom, it's unlikely that he'll return.

SAME 'OLE FLIP --- Former Sonics guard Ronald 'Flip' Murray hasn't lost anything on his trademark crossover dribble. He uses it to make opponents freeze or rocks them off balance before driving to the rim and pulling up for a mid-range jumper. He has six points on 3 for 4 shooting.

FIRST QUARTER --- Sonics trail 31-24. Mike Dunleavy leads Indiana with 11 points. Green is off to a fast start. He's knocked down 4 of 5 shots for nine points.

TOUGH DRAW --- Surprisingly, the Pacers are last in average attendance at 12,184. There's probably 9,000 or so here tonight. Co-owner Herb Simon has promised changes, which likely means O'Neal and Tinsley have played their last games with the Pacers.

SHORTHANDED --- Indiana is without All-Star forward Jermaine O'Neal (sore left knee) and guard Jamaal Tinsley (sore left knee).

STARTING LINEUPS

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

INDIANA
F -- Troy Murphy
F -- Mike Dunleavy
C -- Jeff Foster
G -- Danny Granger
G -- Travis Diener

Officials: Monty McCutchen, Lius Grillo and Zach Zarba

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