Huge game by both Agent Zero and Chris Wilcox. That final shot by Arenas was why he gets paid the big bucks. He lost Earl on a crossover, and then beat two other Sonics to get the shot off. I can live without Zero's theatrics following the basket, but give the guy credit for putting that team on his back and dragging them to a victory tonight.
Wilcox went for 27 points and 22 boards, Rashard Lewis 26 and 10, and Nick Collison 10 and 10. Six Sonics scored in double figures.
This is one of those game that it is hard to believe the Sonics lost (in spite of not having the services of Ray Allen). The Sonics pulled down 55 rebounds, 20 of them offensive, and 20 more total than Washington. That alone is a significant advantage that few teams could overcome. The Sonics shot and made more freethrows, and had more shots attempted for the game. Where the Sonics lost it was turnovers and a poorer shooting percentage, plus 3 fewer 3 point baskets made. Damien, Nick and Rashard all had poor shooting nights. Any one of those three hits 50% from the floor and the Sonics win.
|C. Butler||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|J. Hayes||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|D. Taylor||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|M. Hall||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|M. Wilks||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|R. Allen||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|D. Fortson||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|R. Swift||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|M. Sene||DNP - Coach's Decision|
Washington - B. Haywood 1.
Mickael Gelabale was +3 and Chris Wilcox +2 to lead the Sonics. This game was tightly contested, and no Sonic was over +3 or under -4.
Help Value (hv=Reb+Ast+Blk+Stl-TO)
Chris Wilcox was a big time +23, Rashard Lewis was +13, and Luke Ridnour was +10 for the game.