Follow the Sonics off and on the court with reporters Percy Allen and Jayda Evans.
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March 24, 2008 10:39 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
What a strange game. Here's the Associated Press game story.
The Sonics had no business winning this one because of their injuries and yet, they pull out an impressive victory. The difference was their second-half defense, which hasn't been better this season.
They allowed Portland just 10 points in the third quarter, which is four shy of the team record, and 31 points in the second half, which is a season record. The Trail Blazers shot 13.6 percent (3 of 22) in the third quarter and 26.8 percent (11 of 41) in the second half.
When you play defense like that, then you don't have to score many points. The Sonics were efficient shooting 50 percent from the field and they outrebounded the Blazers 41-35.
It's difficult to determine how much the fans influenced this game. Nearly every Sonic who was asked said they received a boost from the group behind the Portland bench that chanted throughout the game. Only 11,292 were in the building, but it was the loudest crowd of the season.
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