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Old 01-03-2007, 03:08 AM   #1
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Default Sonics weekly (Jan 3) - about to play Dallas, Houston, NY, Golden State

This Week’s Opponents

Dallas: Seattle will travel to Dallas for the first time this season after dropping the first meeting 103-95 at KeyArena on Dec. 20. The first matchup was marred by injury as Rashard Lewis left the game after just 1:06 of action with a strained tendon sheath in his right hand, while Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki suffered a sprained ankle later in the first quarter. Playing without either Lewis or Ray Allen (ankle injury), Seattle rallied to tie the game midway through the fourth before the Mavericks used a 10-0 run to regain control. Seattle leads 59-52 all-time but is just 1-6 in the last seven trips to Dallas.

Houston: The Sonics and Rockets will meet for the first of three games this season, making this year just the second in franchise history in which the teams will meet fewer than four times. The Sonics dropped three of four to the Rockets last season, but the lone win was a memorable one. Chris Wilcox filled the stat sheet with 26 points and 24 rebounds to post Seattle’s first 20/20 game in over a decade as the Sonics won 104-87 at KeyArena. The Sonics lead 93-80 all-time.

New York: The Knicks swept the two-game series last season, their third sweep of the Sonics in the last seven years. Rainier Beach alum Jamal Crawford led the way in the first meeting, scoring all of his game-high 31 points in the second half as the Knicks rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit. In the rematch, the Knicks overcame Vladimir Radmanovic’s career-high 30 points for a 120-116 victory at the Garden on 1/8/06. Seattle trail 59-48 in the all-time series but has won six of the last nine meetings at KeyArena.

Golden State: The Sonics and Warriors will meet for the third time already this season after splitting the first two meetings. In the most recent meeting, a 117-115 Sonics victory at KeyArena on Dec. 10, Seattle yielded a season-high 72 first half points before rallying for the win. Four Sonics reached the 20-point mark in the win, led by Luke Ridnour’s 26 points and nine assists. Seattle has played more games against the Warriors than any other franchise and leads 118-88 all-time.
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