The unofficial box score from tonight's game and PopcornMachine's GameFlow.
An outstanding win for the Sonics! A great team win, with excellent contributions from multiple players. Ray played well despite being blanketed by Larry Hughes most of the night, and in spite of a poor shooting percentage Ray stayed in the game and made some important plays. Chris Wilcox and Nick Collison both played excellent games, backing up Ray well and making plays to get the Sonics the opportunities needed to win the game. Mickael Gelabale also showed some great stuff. If you only read box scores, you'd have no idea how well Gelabale plays the game night in and night out. He is really developing and adapting to the NBA, and I'm really glad the Sonics drafted him.
LeBron was awesome as is to be expected. LeBron's drives to the basket are absolutely punishing. He's huge, fast and skilled and he goes full speed to the rim. After a big first half, the Sonics were able to limit Ilgauskas very nicely in the second half. Keeping the other role players from getting into a grove really helps keep the Sonics in this game.
|S. Brown||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|D. Gibson||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|S. Pollard||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|D. Wesley||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|I. Newble||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|D. Fortson||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|R. Lewis||DNP - Hand Injury|
|R. Swift||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|M. Wilks||DNP - Coach's Decision|
Ray Allen led the Sonics at +12 and was followed by Mickael Gelabale at +11. LeBron was -7 for the game. I think any time you keep LeBron in the negatives numbers you have a very good chance of beating the Cavs.
Help Value (hv=Reb+Ast+Blk+Stl-TO)
Earl Watson led the Sonics at +13 and Ray Allen was +11. LBJ was +14.