In tough-guy forward Danny Fortson, the Seattle SuperSonics finally may have added the muscle they long have needed under the basket.
Rashard Lewis scored 27 points and Ray Allen scored 24, leading the SuperSonics to a 113-94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs last night in Seattle.
The 6-foot-8 Fortson, acquired in a trade with Dallas during the offseason, had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Sonics, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Spurs. It was Seattle's first win over San Antonio since March 29, 2002.
"I love him, man," starting center Jerome James said of Fortson, an eight-year veteran with his fifth NBA team. "He's a dog down there in the paint, a big strong body. Even in practice, he's a tough guy to guard because he's so big and so nasty."
"We've got enough short, finesse dudes," James said. "We need some elbow-throwing dudes and Danny Fortson is one of them. I appreciate having him on the team."
The Sonics won their second straight at home, after losing their season opener by 30 points to the Clippers in Los Angeles last week.
Antonio Daniels added 14 points as a reserve for Seattle, 10 in the final quarter. Daniels's three-pointer gave Seattle a 99-85 lead with 3 minutes 36 seconds left. Allen's three-pointer with 1:59 remaining put the Sonics in front, 107-89.
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 21 points each. Brent Barry returned to Seattle after signing with San Antonio as a free agent during the offseason. He had eight points as a reserve, including two three-pointers.
* LAKERS 106, HAWKS 90: Kobe Bryant scored 24 points, Caron Butler added 22, and Los Angeles handed visiting Atlanta its third straight lopsided loss.
Chris Mihm had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots for the Lakers (2-2), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Tierre Brown had 13 points and five assists; Lamar Odom added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Jumaine Jones also scored 11.
* RAPTORS 101, TRAIL BLAZERS 97: Vince Carter had 25 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 4.8 seconds left, to help the 3-0 Raptors get off to their best start in franchise history.
The attendance of 13,863 was the smallest home crowd in the Raptors' 10-year history.
Carter, a five-time all-star who asked to be trade this past offseason, scored nine points in the final 4:28, including the fadeaway three-pointer that gave Toronto a 98-95 lead.
"That was an unbelievable shot," new Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "That's why Vince makes all-star teams and the fans love him, because he makes big shots like that."