CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ray Allen scored 26 points and Rashard Lewis added 19 of his 21 in the second half to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 99-85 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night, spoiling Adam Morrison’s first NBA start.

Lewis, who was 0-for-2 from the field in the first half, scored 11 points in the third quarter, when the Sonics outscored the Bobcats 35-19 to erase a four-point deficit.

Chris Wilcox had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Seattle, which overcame 18 turnovers to win on the road for the first time in four tries.

Emeka Okafor had 20 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks, while Brevin Knight added 19 points for the Bobcats before he was ejected. But Morrison struggled as he started in place of Raymond Felton, who missed the game with bruised ribs.

Morrison, the No. 3 pick in the draft, was just 3-of-12 against the team from his home state. The former Gonzaga star missed all three of his shots in the decisive third quarter, including a layup on a fast break during Seattle’s 9-2 run early in the period that put the Sonics ahead to stay. He also managed only one rebound and failed to get to the free throw line.

Morrison sat out the first seven minutes of the final quarter. When coach Bernie Bickerstaff finally sent him to the scorer’s table, the crowd responded with a sarcastic cheer. But Morrison’s next made shot came in the final minute as he failed to score in double figures for the first time.

The Sonics, who won just 13 road games last season and were coming off a last-second loss in Orlando on Wednesday, were never threatened in the final quarter, building a 17-point lead.

The Bobcats, who shot 40 percent, led by as many as six points in the first half behind Okafor, who had his third double-double. But the Bobcats, who lost their second straight, faded in the third quarter once the Sonics got the ball to Lewis, who was 6-of-10 in the second half.

Knight, who moved over to point guard to replace Felton, added seven assists, but was ejected with 2:21 left after referee David Guthrie hit him with consecutive technical fouls.

Notes: Seattle rookie center Mouhamed Sene was inactive for the game and coach Bob Hill indicated the first-round pick could be sent down to the NBDL. “I’m fearful Mo is sliding the other way,” Hill said. Sene is 0-for-3 from the field in three games. Newly signed Andreas Glyniadakis was active for the first time and did not score in two minutes. … With the NBA suspending assistant coach John-Blair Bickerstaff two games Friday for driving while impaired, the Bobcats were a short a man on the bench. “We just all pitch in. He’s still able to be with us at practice,” Bernie Bickerstaff said.

AP-ES-11-10-06 2134EST



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