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Spurs Toppled in Seattle

From Associated Press

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 added 24, leading the SuperSonics to a 113-94 victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night.

The 6-foot-8 Fortson, acquired in a trade with Dallas during the off-season, had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the SuperSonics, who ended 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.

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“We’ve got enough short, finesse dudes. We need some elbow-throwing dudes and Danny Fortson is one of them.

“I appreciate having him on the team.”

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 off-season. He had eight points off the bench.

Tim Duncan had a subpar shooting game for the Spurs, finishing with 17 points on four-for-16 shooting.

Toronto 101, Portland 97 -- Vince Carter had 25 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 4.8 seconds left, to help the Raptors start 3-0 for the first time with a victory at Toronto.

Zach Randolph had 33 points and 15 rebounds for Portland.

The attendance of 13,863 was the smallest home crowd in the Raptors’ 10-year history.


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