Rashard Lewis scored a season-high 37 points, and SuperSonics improved to 18-4 with a 108-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night in Seattle.
Seattle is off to its best start since beginning the 1993-94 season 20-2 on the way to 63 wins.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 35 points. Ray Allen added 26 points for Seattle as they went head-to-head for the first time since the two exchanged barbs during the preseason.
On Oct. 13, the day after the Lakers and SuperSonics met to open the preseason, Allen questioned Bryant's ability to lead the Lakers, wondering if Bryant's attitude would allow him to take a backseat some nights and let his teammates develop their games.
Bryant responded, telling a reporter not to put Allen's name in the same breath with his. During a later preseason game which Allen sat out, Bryant told Allen he would see him again.
Before last night's game, Bryant said he took Allen's words as an attack on his team and he hoped they would respond. But Bryant's supporting cast did little to back him up.
Caron Butler added 16 points for Los Angeles, but aside from Bryant's 12-for-23 performance, the Lakers made just 20 of 58 shots.
Kings 89, Bucks 86 -- Chris Webber took an inbounds pass from Mike Bibby and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Sacramento its victory over host Milwaukee. Bibby had 27 points and Webber finished with 23 for the Kings, who won for the 14th time in 16 games.
Sacramento is 8-0 against the Eastern Conference. Mike James made one of two free throws with 4.5 seconds left after being fouled by Webber to tie it. Bibby and Webber then connected on the winning shot.
Timberwolves 100, Trail Blazers 89 -- Wally Szczerbiak scored a season-high 28 points, including the 5,000th of his career, to lead Minnesota past visiting Portland. Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 19 rebounds for Minnesota, which won for the eighth time in 10 games. Sam Cassell had 19 points and 13 assists.
Warriors 111, Mavericks 107 -- Clifford Robinson scored a season-high 25 points, Jason Richardson had a key follow dunk in the final minute and Golden State snapped a 12-game losing streak in Dallas.
Dallas lost its third straight at home and sixth overall on its home court this season, one more than all of 2003-2004.
76ers 110, Nuggets 102 -- Allen Iverson had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and reserve Willie Green scored all of his season-high 17 points in the final 16 minutes, helping host Philadelphia overcome an 18-point second-half deficit and beat Denver.
Andre Iguodala scored 16 and Samuel Dalembert had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who have won three straight after losing six in a row.
Knicks 87, Nets 79 -- Jamal Crawford scored 30 points as New York held host New Jersey without a basket for 15 minutes in its victory.
Pacers 108, Hawks 97 -- Jamaal Tinsley scored a season-high 29 points and visiting Indiana snapped a seven-game losing streak, beating Atlanta in overtime.
Bobcats 94, Hornets 93 -- Emeka Okafor hit a pair of free throws with five seconds left in overtime to give Charlotte's new NBA team a win over its old one as the host Bobcats edged New Orleans, its 11th consecutive loss.
Jazz 93, Clippers 91 -- Mehmet Okur scored 19 points, hitting three free throws in the final nine seconds and Utah held off Los Angeles in Salt Lake City.