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Marion propels Suns past Sonics

Associated Press

Shawn Marion scored 29 points to lead the Phoenix Suns over the Seattle SuperSonics 113-81 in an exhibition game on Friday night in Phoenix.

Marion made 11 of 17 shots from the field and James Jones added 15 points, including 11 straight in the second quarter that helped the Suns take a commanding 58-42 lead at the half. Eddie House had 11 points, all in the fourth quarter.

Ray Allen led Seattle with 20 and Damien Wilkins scored 18.

The Suns have scored more than 100 points in all three of their preseason victories.

Phoenix scored the first six points of the second half on two baskets by Marion and one by Jones, and extended its lead to 64-42. Its biggest advantage was 35 points, 102-67, midway through the fourth quarter.

Rashard Lewis, who had scored 28 points in Seattle’s lone victory Wednesday night against Houston, missed all five of his field-goal attempts and both free throws, and committed three turnovers in the first half. He finished with seven points.

Steve Nash, who is averaging an NBA-best nine assists per game in the preseason, had seven against Seattle.

Celtics’ Allen charged with battery

Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen has been charged with aggravated battery stemming from a fight that escalated into a shooting outside a diner in Chicago’s West Loop two months ago.

Allen was released on a $150,000 bond. He will be allowed to travel only for work purposes and was ordered back to court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, said Tom Stanton, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office.

Allen’s attorney, Michael Zaslavsky, said the player is not considered a suspect in the shooting.

Zaslavsky said Allen has been in jail since Wednesday, when he voluntarily went to a Chicago police station to meet with investigators.

One man was shot in the left arm and left side Aug. 29 when gunfire erupted during an early-morning fight at the White Palace Grill, police said.

Allen was drafted by the Celtics 25th overall in 2004 and started 34 games as a rookie. He averaged 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Allen, who had a small piece of cartilage removed from his right knee in September, has not played in the preseason.

Ex-Pacer Miller takes on dual role with TNT

Reggie Miller retired in May after 18 years with the Indiana Pacers, and now he’s focused on becoming a clutch performer of a different kind. He has accepted a dual role as studio and game analyst for TNT’s NBA coverage.

TNT approached Miller after he retired and sister Cheryl lobbied for the network to add him to its roster. Turner Sports president David Levy didn’t need much arm twisting. He made Miller the first TNT employee hired to do both game and studio work.

Miller will join Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith in studio. Magic Johnson will be in studio when Miller is on the road.

“I hope I can come in and be a good all-star sub,” he said. “A lot of times, I think broadcast commentators can get bogged down with stats and personal agendas. (Smith, Barkley and Magic Johnson) are former players. They’ve probably seen every scenario. They speak on experience.”

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