PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Wide open or contested, the Seattle SuperSonics hit 3-pointers from all over the court.
The Sonics are off to their best start since opening 10-0 in 1993. They haven’t lost since dropping their opener to the Los Angeles Clippers by 30 points after going 2-6 in exhibition games.
“Everybody stepped up and played their part,” Allen said. “We had it working on all cylinders.”
Seattle, which came in with an NBA-best 58 3-pointers, shot 18-of-39 from beyond the arc, tying a team record for 3s. Allen finished 12-of-24 from the field, including 7-of-12 on 3-pointers. Radmanovic went 6-of-11 on 3s.
Antonio Daniels had 19 points off the bench for Seattle, which got 41 points from its reserves.
“This team is playing the game the right way,” Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. “We are getting play from our first and second units. We’re getting solid play from 10 guys.”
Willie Green put Philadelphia ahead 72-64 in the third quarter with a dunk off a behind-the-back pass from Iverson that went around Allen. But the Sonics answered with 13 straight points to end the quarter, taking a 77-72 lead on consecutive 3-pointers by Lewis.
Another 3 by Allen capped an 18-0 run, giving the Sonics an 82-72 early in the fourth. Overall, the Sixers went 6:30 without scoring before Iverson made a driving layup to cut it to 82-74.
“They have way too much firepower from the 3-point line,” Sixers coach Jim O’Brien said. “They generally have four great shooters at once and they use the pick-and-roll well.”
After a three-point play by Samuel Dalembert cut the deficit to 92-85, Radmanovic’s sixth 3 gave the Sonics a 10-point lead with 4:32 left. The Sixers didn’t get closer than nine until the final seconds.
“The game was ours to win. We just broke down,” Iverson said.
Both teams came out firing, combining to make 15 of their first 21 shots. Allen scored 12 of Seattle’s first 14 points, hitting three 3-pointers in that stretch.
The Sixers scored the last nine points in the second quarter to take a 55-53 halftime lead. Korver made an alley-oop pass to Dalembert for a dunk, then hit a 3-pointer to tie it.
Seattle closed the first quarter by outscoring the Sixers 18-7 the last six minutes to take a 34-25 lead.
“They have a lot of good shooters,” Korver said. “Ray Allen is a great player, but you can’t just focus on him.”
F Glenn Robinson rejoined the Sixers after being away for a family issue. Robinson, on the injured list, is unhappy he hasn’t been traded. … Sixers G Aaron McKie has a tear in his left shoulder. He’ll be out at least another two weeks. … This was the opener of a six-game, 10-day road trip for Seattle. … Sonics F Danny Fortson returned after being suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for a flagrant foul last Friday night. … Seattle has scored at least 100 points in six of its last seven games.