The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 February 2006

Sweepless in Seattle

The Sonics were a lot closer to Super tonight than they've been lately, shooting 60 percent most of the night. Then again, the Hornets were woefully short of sting, especially in the third quarter, in which they were outscored 29-18, and in which a frustrated Desmond Mason vented his frustration just loudly enough to get a technical. Unfortunately, it was his second T, and that was all for D-Mase.

And yet the Bees refused to go gently into that good Seattle night, cutting the 22-point deficit to a mere three before the Sonics caught on and finally finished them off, 114-104.

Best effort? Perhaps Rasual Butler, who got 23 points, a season high, including 15 from the three-line in that fierce fourth quarter. Or maybe Marc Jackson, who scored 19 off the bench. And yet another double-double for Chris Paul, with 25 points, 14 assists — and seven boards.

But Ray Allen pulled down 33 for the Sonics, including five treys, and if Butler hadn't tied him up during the fourth quarter, it could have been a lot more than that.

So 2-1 on the road trip, and the Clippers await tomorrow.

Posted at 11:31 PM to Net Proceeds