Oklahoma City (13-2) at Portland (7-6)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Tue Nov 30, 2004
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Off to their best start in 11 years, the Seattle SuperSonics seek their first win at the Rose Garden in more than two years when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Sonics, who opened 16-1 in 1993-94, haven’t won on the Blazers’ home court since March 2002, losing in each of their last four visits to Portland.

Seattle rides a four-game winning streak into this meeting after beating Eastern Conference-leading Indiana 103-95 on Sunday.

Rashard Lewis scored 22 points, Ray Allen had 19 points and a season-high nine assists and Seattle’s reserves outscored the undermanned Indiana bench 45-4. Allen made two free throws and Lewis one in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.

“We just tried to push the ball and keep pressure on them,” Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. “We knew they had a short bench and hoped that would be a factor. I thought the second half, they looked like they were a little fatigued.”

The Sonics, fifth in the league with 98.8 points per game, shot 50 percent from 3-point range (11-for-22) to help them improve to 7-0 at home.

Lewis played with a strained left shoulder that was packed in ice after the game.

“It was sore,” said Lewis, who was 9-for-19 from the field. “I knew I could go out and still be capable of things I’m able to do because I shoot with my right hand. But the main thing was just trying to be careful going for rebounds with my left hand.”

Seattle returns home Wednesday to face Utah before hosting the Blazers on Saturday.

Portland returned from a 2-1 road trip to post an ugly 83-71 win over struggling New Jersey on Sunday.

After playing in one of the lowest-scoring games in NBA history—a 64-60 New Jersey win on Nov. 9—the Blazers and Nets once again struggled offensively, combining to shoot just over 36 percent. The last meeting was five points off the record for combined scoring futility.

Zach Randolph had 23 points and 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and Derek Anderson added 21 points to help hand the Nets their ninth straight loss since beating Portland.

The Blazers led 30-25 at the half, tying the NBA record for lowest first-half total. The mark was set Dec. 11, 2003, when host San Antonio led Houston 30-25 at halftime.

“Well, it was a win,” Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. “It started out looking like the game in Jersey. We couldn’t score, but they couldn’t score either. But in the second half, we got a couple of easy baskets that turned the game around.”

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