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Follow the Sonics off and on the court with reporters Percy Allen and Jayda Evans.
Indiana game thread
Posted by Percy Allen at 8:21 PM
BIG NIGHT FOR DURANT --- The rookie finished with a career high 35 points on 12 of 20 shooting. He also sank 8 of 12 FTs and had 5 rebounds, which negated his 7 turnovers. Gotta run now and check out the post-game press conference, but I'll file some notes after writing the game story for the paper.
GOOD WIN --- Durant came up big in the fourth quarter. He took over in the end as the Sonics witthstood a blistering attack from Jamaal Tinsley who almost led a comeback. The Sonics win 95-93 and improve to 3-14.
FOURTH QUARTER LEAD --- Seattle is up 70-65.
UNDER 100? --- Unless the Sonics give up a 35-point fourth quarter (which is quite possible), the will hold Indiana under 100 points, which is something they've done in just two other games. The Sonics are allowing 108.5 points per game so anything less than 100 is impressive. Indiana is averaging 102.9. Still keep in mind, the Supes gave up 37 fourth quarter points to the Clippers on Nov. 4.
NICE BLOCKS --- Johan Petro and Durant had a pair of nice blocks on the same defensive possession. The sequence ended with Durnat knocking down a 15-foot jumper that gave Seattle a 68-64 lead. Petro and Durant each have 3 blocks.
THEY'RE CLICKING --- Kevin Durant has a game-high 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, Kurt Thomas has a game-high 12 rebounds and Earl Watson has a game-high 7 assists. Seattle is shooting 45% from the field and has connected on 66.7% (4 of 6) of its treys. That's a great start that explains why they're leading 49-48.
FIRST QUARTER --- Late start for me guys. My apologies. I'm working double duty today as the Storm beat writer and had to write the Anne Donovan resignation story. Anyway, I'm back at it and the Sonics it appears as if the Sonics are competitive early on. They essentially played Indiana even in the first quarter and trailed by just two points (24-22) after 12 mintues. This is a very winnable game, partly because Indiana is starting a rusty Jermaine O'Neal and partly because the Supes are getting contributions from nine players.