Sonics Give Blazers Tit for Tat
99-87 win comes on heels of hard-fought loss
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2008 5:26 AM CST
Seattle SuperSonics' Chris Wilcox, center, is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers' Joel Przybilla, left as he goes the basket between Pryzybilla and LaMarcus Aldridge, right, in a NBA basketball game during...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The night after a close Trail Blazers victory over the SuperSonics in Portland, the two teams moved to Seattle to battle again, and everything changed. The Sonics had little trouble dispatching the Blazers 99-87, combining 17 points from Kevin Durant with five other double-digit contributions in an all-team effort, reports the Tacoma News Tribune.

For Portland, the scoring came almost entirely from Travis Outlaw (26 points), LaMarcus Aldridge (23), and Brandon Roy (19). Shooting 37% as a team and just 4-for-18 from three-point range, the Blazers seem to have met an infrequent visitor to Seattle games: the Sonics' defense. "I just think we’re defending better in general," says coach PJ Carlesimo.