SEATTLE (AP) – Kevin Martin blitzed the Seattle SuperSonics with an array of long jumpers and difficult drives, scoring a career-high 35 points in the Sacramento Kings’ 109-100 victory on Friday night.

With Ron Artest back in Sacramento resting his aching lower back, Martin took on an even larger chunk of the Kings’ scoring. He made all five of his shots in the third quarter and seven straight at one point in the second half, including three 3-pointers. Martin scored 24 after halftime as the Kings (6-5) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Six Kings scored in double figures. Mike Bibby shook off a sore right thigh that knocked him out of Wednesday’s loss to Utah, and scored 19 points. Reserve Corliss Williamson added 13 and Kenny Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Rashard Lewis led Seattle with 26 points, scoring 19 in the first half as Artest’s replacement, John Salmons, couldn’t match up. Lewis made eight of 11 shots in the first half, but scored just two points in the third quarter as the Kings took control.

Luke Ridnour added 20 and Chris Wilcox scored 18 for Seattle (6-8), which fell to 2-4 at home. Ray Allen scored 18 points – five in the final two minutes – but missed 16 shots.

AP-ES-11-25-06 0054EST


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