PORTLAND – While Rashard Lewis probably didn’t realize his play on words, his comments after Seattle beat Portland couldn’t have been more appropriate.
“The first quarter we really came out blazin’,” he said.
Lewis scored 37 points, 20 in the first quarter, and the SuperSonics beat the Trail Blazers and former coach Nate McMillan 111-99 Friday night.
It was the first time McMillan had faced his former team in the regular season, and it got bad quickly with the Blazers trailing by as many as 33 points in the first half.
Ray Allen had 24 points for Seattle, which snapped a three-game losing streak that included a 104-98 loss at home to Houston the night before.
Portland managed to narrow the margin to 104-96 on Steve Blake’s 3-pointer with 1:17 left in the game, but the rally didn’t last.
The Blazers had a long closed-door meeting after the game.
“It was me talking to this team, not only about this game, but where we stand as an organization,” McMillan said.
The Blazers, who have lost nine of their last 10 games, were without starting point guard Sebastian Telfair, who has a sprained ligament in his right thumb. Blake took his place in the starting lineup and finished with 19 points and 13 assists.
The Sonics led 37-16 at the end of the first quarter. Lewis’ 3-pointer put the Sonics up 57-27 midway through the second quarter and Seattle led 67-46 at the half.
It was the most points the Sonics have scored in the first half this season, and the most points Portland has given up.
“I really was feeling like I was in a rhythm and every time I shot the ball it was going to go in,” Lewis said.
McMillan wore a frown throughout the game.
He spent 19 seasons with the Sonics as a player, assistant and head coach. He was so popular he earned the nickname Mr. Sonic and his jersey hangs in the rafters of KeyArena.
McMillan was hired by the northwest rival Trail Blazers in the off-season after he failed to agree to a contract extension with the Sonics.
Allen said it wasn’t that strange to play against McMillan rather than for him.
“For us to come here it’s not that big a deal, but when he comes into our building he’s going to get a big standing ovation,” he said.
The Blazers were clearly going to give him new challenges this season. The young team has won just six games.
Portland also was struggling without forward Darius Miles, who has been on the inactive list since Dec. 4 with cartilage damage in his right knee and had arthroscopic surgery Friday.
Zach Randolph’s 23 points and eight rebounds topped Portland.
Sonics 111, Trail Blazers 99
Percentages: FG .534, FT .808. 3-Point Goals: 12-18, .667 (Lewis 6-8, Allen 5-7, Murray 1-1, Ridnour 0-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 14 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Lewis 2, Allen, Ridnour). Turnovers: 13 (Allen 7, Murray 2, Lewis, Collison, Ridnour, Wilkins). Steals: 9 (Ridnour 4, Allen 2, Lewis, Murray, Collison). Technical Fouls: Defensive Three Second, 4:38 first; Defensive Three Second, 6:06 third.
Percentages: FG .591, FT .619. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Smith 3-5, Blake 2-4, Randolph 1-1, Monia 1-2, Khryapa 1-3, Webster 0-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Team Turnovers: 20 (26 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Ratliff 2, Przybilla 2, Randolph, Blake). Turnovers: 20 (Przybilla 4, Randolph 4, Blake 3, Patterson 2, Jack 2, Ratliff, Khryapa, Monia, Smith, Webster). Steals: 10 (Khryapa 4, Patterson 2, Ratliff 2, Blake 2). Technical Fouls: None.
A—14,023 (19,980). T—2:11.
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