KeyArena is slowly becoming the Typhoid Mary of NBA arenas.
For the second consecutive game, an all-star caliber player sat in street clothes and watched the Sonics win. Last time it was Tony Parker and the Spurs; last night it was LeBron James and the Cavs.
Whatever the cause, Sonic fans will take the result, thank you very much. For the fourth time this season, the Sonics have a two-game win streak, courtesy of some well rounded offense - and the fact the lead they had at one point (81-58) was so big even the Sonics couldn't give it away.
The Cavs went on a 16-2 run in the fourth quarter to make it interesting, but Carlesimo let the starters back in, and they managed to right the ship in time. Kudos to Earl Watson, Kurt Thomas, Chris Wilcox, Jeff Green, and Kevin Durant for solid efforts. The Sonics finished with twice as many assists (34-18) as the Cavs, with the Earl picking up 12 on his own.
Most satisfying was seeing Jeff Green finally post positive numbers. After a disastrous game against the Spurs when he might has well have stayed in the locker room, Green came out shooting 8 for 8 with 17 points, including 1 for 1 from long-range.
On a side note, lest you think the Sonics' win over the Spurs was tainted because of Parker's absence, take note that those same Spurs went into Phoenix last night and stole a win from the Suns.