Trail Blazers 97, SuperSonics 80
Feb. 08, 2001
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Damon Stoudamire scored 21 as the Portland Trail Blazers entered the All-Star break with a two-game lead in the Western Conference by defeating the Seattle SuperSonics 97-80 Wednesday night.
Steve Smith added 19 points and Dale Davis had 13 rebounds for the Blazers (35-15). Portland began the day with a one-game lead over Sacramento, which was routed at Minnesota.
Rashard Lewis had 21 points to lead the Sonics, who have lost three of five and remained stuck in the ninth spot in the West.
Vin Baker added 13 points, and Patrick Ewing had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Gary Payton, who missed the last two games with an abdominal strain, had 11 points in 27 minutes.
The Blazers, who had three days off to ponder their loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, struggled on offense but started to pull away late in the third quarter on Smith's 3-point heave at the shot clock horn.
That put Portland ahead 65-58, and the Blazers began the fourth period with six straight points. Arvydas Sabonis picked up a loose ball and banked a shot in, then Smith put back Stoudamire's miss and made two free throws for a 71-58 lead.
Seattle got no closer than nine the rest of the way.