SuperSonics 120, Trail Blazers 114
SEATTLE (AP) _ Xavier McDaniels’ dunk with 2:12 left in the game gave the SuperSonics a 109-108 lead and Seattle hung on for a 120-114 NBA victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night.
McDaniels finished with 32 points, and Dale Ellis and Tom Chambers each added 25 as Seattle sent Portland to its fifth straight loss, the longest losing streak for the Blazers since February of 1986.
Kiki Vandeweghe led the Trail Blazers with a season-high 41 points.
Seattle led 54-52 at the half. Ellis, who had only two points in the first half when he was saddled with foul trouble, scored 13 in the third quarter as the Sonics opened up their biggest lead of the game, 85-75, with 1:55 left in the third period.
Portland closed to 86-82 at the end of the third quarter and took its first lead of the second half at 100-99 on two foul shots by Jerome Kersey with 5:25 left in the fourth period.
McDaniel scored on a driving layup with 3:11 left in the game to pull Seattle to 106-105. After McDaniels’ dunk gave Seattle the lead a minute later, Chambers hit two 20-footers and Ellis sank one from 22 feet to give the Sonics a 115-110 lead with 40 seconds left.