Great win all the way around for the Sonics.
Defense was good when you consider how good the Cavs offense is.
Rebounding was the key. Sonics get 77% of the defensive rebounds and 33% of the offensive boards.
Flip Murray finished the game and was terrific. He played within himself and didn't commit a turnover.
The Sonics played solid defense on LeBron all night despite his 34.
THIS IS THE CHART I KEPT ON LEBRON'S SHOOTING OPS
1st Q 2nd Q 3rd 4th Q
Jumper 3 for 4 1 for 5 1 for 4 2 for 5
FB 2 for 2 1 for 1 1 for 1 0 for 0
Contained 1 for 1 0 for 0 1 for 2 0 for 0
Penetration1 for 1 1 for 1 2 for 2 1 for 1
Sonics 102 Cavs 98 with 3:14 left in the 4th Quarter
The Sonics kept the Cavs out of transition for most of the game until now. The Cavs are getting free in transition here in the 4th Q
The Sonics have Murray, Allen, Lewis, Radman and Wilkins on the floor.
Wilkins has the assignment on LBJ.
Sonics 94 Cavs 93 with 5:47 left in the 4th Quarter
Nick Collison has five fouls. When will Weiss go back to him?
The Sonics are getting most of the hustle plays.
This game could go a long way to defining the season.
Sonics 89 Cavs 85 with 8:00 left in the 4th Quarter
Here is the amazing thing. I think the Sonics have defended LBJ very well.
He still has 32 points on 11 of 23 shooting. The dude is the whole deal.
Ray Allen is just 5 of 16. Last year against Hughes he was 13 of 40.
Sonics 81 Cavs 79 at the end of the 3rd Quarter
On the final play of the quarter Flip Murray didn’t impede Larry Hughes progress at all and allowed him to get the ball to Marshall for a three at the buzzer.
The Cavs are living at the line
Cavs hit three straight threes to close the quarter and we have a ball game
Sonics 77 Cavs 64 with 2:16 left in the 3rd Quarter
Sonics have taken LBJ out of the game with the zone defense and their double teaming.
Great job from the coaching staff on their game plan.
If the Sonics get anything close from their bench that they got in the first half this is their game.
Sonics 71 Cavs 61 with 3:55 left in the 3rd Quarter
Danny Fortson just got ejected from the game. He pushed Z out of bounds with a harsh elbow and then the confrontation continued and as always Danny couldn’t let it go and got ejected.
Sonics 68 Cavs 57 with 5:49 left in the 3rd Quarter
Cavs in the bonus at the 6:13 mark
The Sonics have been very physical with the Cavs tonight. Let’s see how that plays later in the game.
The Sonics half court offense has been ignited by great screens
The Cavs last 5 points have come at the free throw line.
Sonics 65 Cavs 53 with 6:59 left in the 3rd Quarter
LBJ is 1 for his last 7 on jumpers
The Sonics have only allowed LBJ to drive into the paint three times out of the half court all night.
LBJ’s only misses are on jumpers. Otherwise he has scored every time.
Sonics shooting in this game has been out of the world
The Sonics are very poor at the free throw line 6 of 12.
Seattle 58 Cavs 48 at the half
Seattle is 7 of 11 from 3
LBJ is 1 for 5 on jumpers in the 2nd Quarter
The best half of basketball this season by the Sonics.
Lewis and Allen were great, but the story was the bench
Wilkins was great on LBJ.
Every guy on the team was on top of their game.
Brilliant play call to close the half with Allen and Lewis picking for each other and getting Lewis a mismatch in the post.
Sonics 50 Cavs 41 with 2:17 left in the quarter
Flip checks out with 10 points. He has been brutal in the +/- all year. Tonight he was +11 in his span on the floor.
The bench has been great. Without question the Sonics are getting their best night of the year from the bench. Murray, Wilkins and Fortson have all been excellent.
Sonics have a 21 to 5 bench advantage.
LBJ is just 1 of 4 on his jumpers in the Quarter. That is the game plan.
Cleveland’s offensive rebounding is causing problems.
Sonics 42 Cavs 36 with 6:04 left in the 2nd Quarter
Danny Fortson has brought a ton tonight.
Wilkins has the match-up on LBJ
Cavs only have one stop in the quarter as of the 7:00 mark.
The Sonics are being very physical with the Cavs. This will wear on them later in the game.
Flip Murray is bringing a ton. He has buried two open jumpers off the pick and roll when the Cavs have gone under. In addition, he has been great in transition.
Sonics 35 Cavs 32 with 8:36 left in the 2nd Quarter
Sonics are getting a really good outing from Danny Fortson.
Fortson got their first offensive rebound around the 9:30 mark of the 2nd Quarter
Fortson just got Zydrunas Illgauskas to get a T with his antics
Flip Murray playing well also.
The Sonics are riddling the Cavs defense or lack their of.
Cavs 30 Sonics 26 at the end of the 1st Quarter
The Sonics first bucket was from Collison. The next 22 points came from Lewis and Allen.
Lewis is doing his best to match LBJ in his quiet fashion. Lewis has 14 to match LBJ.
Fortson makes his first appearance in some time.
Cavs lead 28 to 24 when Allen goes to the bench.
Cavs 23 Sonics 20 LeBron 14 with 3:47 left in the 1st Quarter
LBJ is the whole show right now. He is burying the J, hit the drives and finishing the fast break. He has 14 points already.
LBJ has hit 6 in a row
Sonics have answered the LBJ run with 4 straight 3 point shots
This is an offensive extravaganza.
1) Cavs are amazing rebounding the basketball.
2) Force LeBron into the jumper.
3) Defensively can the Sonics handle the #1 offense in the NBA. Anything under a rating of 110 is acceptable.
Sonics inactives: Mikki Moore, Rick Brunson and Johan Petro