Jazz blow another big lead, fall to sonics

Jazz blow another big lead, fall to sonics



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By DOUG ALDEN AP Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Rashard Lewis scored 28 of his 35 points in the second half and the Seattle SuperSonics rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 106-103 Saturday night.

The Sonics hit six of eight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when they outscored Utah 39-16 to hand the Jazz their third straight loss.

Earl Watson had 15 points and nine assists, and Nick Collison added 14 points and seven rebounds in helping the Sonics end a four-game losing streak.

The Jazz blew a 17-point lead the night before in a loss at Sacramento, then topped that Saturday at home after leading by 20 entering the fourth quarter.

Deron Williams had 24 points and 13 assists, and Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Utah, which leads Houston by one game for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Jazz could have increased the lead over the Rockets to two games had they been able to hang on in the fourth quarter.

But Seattle started hitting from outside and didn't stop until Lewis hit a 13-footer that put the Sonics up 102-101 with 21 seconds left. Collison added two free throws and Lewis hit two more from the line with 0.9 seconds left.

Utah had time for one last shot, but Derek Fisher had to rush after catching the inbounds pass and his 3-point attempt hit the top of the backboard as time expired.

Utah outrebounded Seattle 38-25, but also put Seattle on the free throw line 23 times. The Sonics hit 16 free throws, twice as many as the Jazz.

The Jazz led 87-67 entering the fourth quarter, but the Sonics went on a 15-4 run, cutting Utah's lead to 91-82 on Watson's layup. Mickael Gelabale made a 3-pointer to get the Sonics within 93-85, then Collison stuffed Fisher's layup attempt at one end and dunked it a few seconds later to cut the margin to six points.

Seattle continued to get closer and Watson's 3-pointer with 2:04 trimmed Utah's lead to 97-94 as the Sonics continued to hit almost ever shot they took from beyond the arc.

Gelabale's 3-pointer got Seattle within 101-100 with 54 seconds left. Matt Harpring made a bad pass for Utah and Watson came up with it, setting up Lewis' go-ahead shot.

Notes:@ Paul Millsap scored 12, and Harpring and Gordan Giricek had 10 points apiece for Utah. ... Jazz F Andrei Kirilenko sat out with a thumb injury. ... Sonics G Ray Allen, who is out for the season, had bone spurs removed from his ankles Saturday. ... The Jazz unveiled their 2006-07 Northwest Division Championship banner before the game.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-04-07-07 2207MDT

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