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Follow the Sonics off and on the court with reporters Percy Allen and Jayda Evans.
Orlando game thread
Posted by Percy Allen at 7:17 PM
HOWARD NEARING CAREER HIGH --- His best is 35 points. He's got 30 after three quarters and Seattle trails 83-68. The Sonics are shooting 35.9 percent from the field. They just can't generate offense. The ball isn't moving. They have nobody to create a double team or run the pick 'n roll.
HOWARD VS SONICS --- The Orlando center has attempted twice as many FT as Seattle. He's connected on 12 of 16. The Sonics are 4 for 8. Hedo Turkoglu (10 points) is the only other Magic in double digit scoring.
REDICK SHOWS UP --- Orlando guard J.J. Redick scored his first points of the season on - you guessed it - a three-pointer late in the first quarter. Redick then added a layup. He's got 5 points on 2-for-3 shooting.
WALLY TO THE RESCUE --- If not for Wally Szczerbiak's 13 first-half points, this game wouldn't be close. The Sonics trail 57-45 largely because Howard is a monster. He's nearly got a double double already. He's got 20 points and 9 rebounds. Durant is struggling. He's still stuck on 7 points.
LEWIS GETS LUKEWARM RECEPTION --- Forgot to mention that when Rashard Lewis was introduced, he received a smatteirng of applause. I know someone wrote that they were going to boo the guy - and I believe fans have the right to cheer or boo - but I didn't hear any boos. Also that pregame tribute for Lewis was given by the Ronald McDonald House. The Sonics had very little, if anything, to do with that.
SEA OF RED --- Plenty of empty seats tonight. I'll be curious what the "official" attendance will be. My guess, 13K and change.
HOWARD HAVING HIS WAY --- Orlando big man Dwight Howard has 12 points on 2-4 shooting. He's also 8-for-8 at the FT line and Orlando leads 30-24 after the first quarter. The Magic have just four assists. Sonics swingman Kevin Durant has taken 7 shots and scored 7 points.
SCARY MOMENT --- Minutes before the start of the game, a fan suffered what appeared to be a seizure in the second row of the stands near the Orlando bench. Paramedics were called and the man was taken out of the building on a stretcher. Several Magic players watched the entire event unfold. No word on the condition of the fan or his identity.
BENNETT IN THE HOUSE --- Bumped into Sonics owner Clay Bennett in the hallways. We talked more the Oklahoma-Missouri game than anything else. I asked why he was in Seattle and Bennett said to watch the game. He didn't talk about any arena issues and I'm not sure if he'll meet with city leaders while he's in town.
I booooooooooed but there wasnt anyone there to hear me.
Posted by Matt at 10:43 PM, Nov 28, 2007