Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Friday, November 11th
SuperSonics96Final
Wizards137
Game 2: Monday, December 19th
Wizards101Final
SuperSonics111

SuperSonics 96

(1-4, 0-3 away)

Wizards 137

(4-1, 2-1 home)

7:30 PM ET, November 11, 2005

Verizon Center, Washington, DC

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 25 24 24 2396
WSH 29 42 35 31137

Top Performers

Seattle: L. Ridnour 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Washington: G. Arenas 32 Pts, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

Arenas scores 32 as Wizards look Super against Sonics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bob Weiss ran out of ways to chastise the Seattle SuperSonics after they allowed the Washington Wizards' most points in 11½ years, so he left the locker room and told his players to hash it out themselves.

Then the first-year coach began contemplating how to fix things, saying lineup changes might be in store after three straight lopsided losses. The latest was Washington's 137-96 victory Friday night, behind Gilbert Arenas' 32 points in 31 minutes.

Weiss kept the locker room closed for 25 minutes afterward, then gave a sampling of what he told his beleaguered team, 1-4 after reaching the playoffs last season.

"It was an embarrassment. We have to become accountable. We've got to become more aggressive. We've got to take it personal," Weiss said. "We're letting teams manhandle us. We've got to get more physical. We have to get after people. We've got to have more pride. We're just in a funk. We're out there stumbling around. We're not competing. It was just completely unacceptable."

Reserve Caron Butler led a strong effort at both ends for the Wizards, scoring 24 points and getting his teammates, the sellout crowd of 20,173 and even coach Eddie Jordan excited. After feeding Antawn Jamison for a dunk while Washington pulled away in the first half, Butler reached out to slap palms with Jordan.

"Coach is a player's coach," Butler said. "He gets real involved in what's going on, so I had to give him a little high-five."

Jamison added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and rookie Andray Blatche -- shot during an attempted carjacking in September -- made his NBA debut, scoring five points.

Washington (4-1) outscored Seattle 42-24 in the second quarter, when the SuperSonics were 3-of-16 on field-goal attempts. The Wizards went up by as many as 25 in the first half and led 71-49 at the break en route to their highest output since a 142-100 victory over Boston on April 17, 1994.

The Wizards hadn't broken 100 points in a full game this season but reached that mark with 2:04 left in the third quarter, on a running jumper by Butler. It's the first time since a Feb. 22, 2000, game against Milwaukee that Washington scored at least 100 before the fourth quarter.

"There's no sympathy in this league ... not for a team that came in here limping a little bit," Jordan said. "They have taken their lumps on the road the last three games now, and it's a been a tough stretch for them."

Talk about understatement.

Seattle is on a season-long six-game road trip and dropped the first three -- by 25, 27 and 41 points.

"I never experienced this ever in my career. Not just my NBA career, but my career overall," said Reggie Evans, a fourth-year forward. "It just gets worse. It seems like we can't stop the bleeding. Just constant, constant, constant bleeding. We haven't found a Band-Aid to patch it up yet."

The SuperSonics shot 40 percent for the game; they haven't topped 45 percent this season.

Rashard Lewis, who left Wednesday's defeat at Cleveland with a left shoulder injury, started Friday and scored 17 points.

Ray Allen also had 17, but he was 4-for-14 from the floor, 1-for-9 on 3-pointers -- stifled in large part by former teammate Antonio Daniels.

"Mentally it just got worse," Allen said. "And physically, you're just running up and down the floor and it seemed like everything just went their way. Again, I know we'll recover from this."

Weiss spent a good chunk of the first half working the refs (he was charged with a technical foul, one of four in the game), calling timeouts and shuttling players in and out -- anything to try to get his team going.

Nothing worked.

"We're going to watch this entire tape," Weiss said, "and we're going to take responsibility, all of us, to see what we're doing wrong."

Game notes


Seattle's Vladimir Radmanovic sought out Weiss for a private meeting before the game to clear the air. Radmanovic complained to reporters Tuesday that he wasn't getting enough minutes. "He wants to put all that stuff aside," Weiss said. ... Washington hosts San Antonio on Saturday; it's the first time the Wizards have played home games on consecutive nights since March 4-5, 2003. ... Washington outrebounded an opponent for the first time this season, 41-38.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
WSH
Points 96 137
FGM-FGA 31-78 (.397) 48-82 (.585)
3PM-3PA 7-23 (.304) 8-17 (.471)
FTM-FTA 27-37 (.730) 33-41 (.805)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-38 13-41
Assists 20 31
Turnovers 17 12
Steals 6 10
Blocks 1 2
Fast Break Points 12 30
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 33 (2/0) 27 (2/0)
Largest Lead 1 41

Top Performers

Seattle
Washington
Luke Ridnour Ridnour
Points: 16
Reb: 3
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Gilbert Arenas Arenas
Points: 32
Reb: 0
Ast: 7
Stl: 1
Blk: 0