SEATTLE (AP) _ Gary Payton had 25 points and 13 assists to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 99-81 victory over Miami on Friday night, leaving the Heat winless in 13 tries at Key Arena.
The Sonics (13-12), who moved past .500 for the first time this season, led by at least 12 points throughout the fourth quarter. They had a 17-0 run that bridged the end of the second quarter and start of the third.
Patrick Ewing had two steals and six points in the 8-0 early third quarter run that put the Sonics ahead to stay. He made his first seven field goal attempts and finished with 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting, in addition to 10 rebounds.
Rashard Lewis added 16 points for Seattle.
Anthony Mason led Miami with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Eddie Jones had 14 points but went only 5-of-16 from the field.
Miami’s frustration began to show in the fourth quarter, as Anthony Mason and Bruce Bowen were whistled for consecutive technicals after arguing a call with the Heat down 82-68.
Miami came in having won six of its last seven games to improve to 12-11.
The Sonics are 7-3 since Nate McMillan took over for Paul Westphal as head coach on Nov. 27.
Patterson scored all of his 11 first-half points in the second quarter, while Ewing had 10 points at the half _ on 5-for-5 shooting _ and six rebounds. The Sonics’ 9-0 run to close out the first half tied the score at 44.
Notes: The Sonics have a 21-5 overall edge in the series. ... The Sonics came into the game third in the league in points scored per game, while the Heat came in third best in points allowed. ... Expressing his admiration for Pat Riley’s coaching style, McMillan said, ``I’ve always felt like he was a hard-nosed, maybe dirty kind of guy who believed in physical play, in the aggressive, attack mode.″ ... Sonics guard Emanual Davis left the game with a sprained right ankle late in the third quarter and did not return.