EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Luke Ridnour scored a career-high 32 points and Seattle opened a 28-point, first-half lead and then held off a late New Jersey Nets rally in posting a 119-113 victory on Monday night, giving the road-weary SuperSonics their third straight win.

Rashard Lewis added 27 points, Ray Allen and Chris Wilcox had 22 apiece for the SuperSonics who saw the Nets get within five points in the final 1:39 before Ridnour sealed the game with four free throws.

Vince Carter had a season-high 38 points, Nenad Krstic added 21 and Jason Kidd had 20 points, 12 assists and six rebounds.

The Nets, who came into the fourth quarter behind 96-80, whittled the lead to eight points in the opening three-plus minutes and they had it down to 113-108 when Kidd hit two free throws with 1:39 to play.

With the shot clock winding down, Ridnour got Nets rookie Marcus Williams off his feet and took a nudge, drawing a foul. He hit both shots with 1:15 to go.

A basket by Carter got New Jersey within 115-110 with 38 seconds to go, but Ridnour made two more free throws and the Nets never threatened again.

AP-ES-11-13-06 2201EST



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