PORTLAND - The Portland Trail Blazers got the win they needed.
Rasheed Wallace had 27 points and eight rebounds, and Dale Davis added 17 points and 14 rebounds as Portland beat Seattle 101-96 on Saturday night to snap a two-game losing streak.
"We simply needed a win," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "We needed a win to get our rhythm back."
Derek Anderson added 20 points and Bonzi Wells had 12 points for Portland, which has two games remaining on a five-game homestand.
"The simple fact is we needed a win badly," Davis said. "There were good times and there were bad times throughout the game. We just have to cut out our unforced errors and play a little smarter."
What many thought would be a blowout for Portland - the Sonics lost by 29 Friday at Sacramento - ended up a nail-biter.
The Blazers, who were the hottest team at the All-Star break with 22 wins in their previous 27 games, had an eight-point lead with just over a minute left, but the Sonics closed within one with 12.2 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Predrag Drobnjak.
After Anderson's two free throws with 10.9 left, Gary Payton missed a desperation 3 with a second to go. Wallace iced the game with a pair of free throws.
"Portland did a really good job of sniffing it out," said Brent Barry of Payton's last shot. "Gary's shot was a bit of a prayer, and as it's been in the last couple of weeks, our prayers haven't been answered."
Drobnjak had 23 points to lead the Sonics, who lost their sixth in a row. Payton had 19 points and seven assists, Desmond Mason had 14 points and Vitaly Potapenko 13. Seattle had a 28-4 advantage on the fast break.
"I thought we were pretty aggressive going to the basket," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "I thought we played a real good game, to be able to fight back and get back into the game and have a chance to win this game."
The Blazers - and Anderson in particular - got off to a fast start, leading by as many as 17 in the first quarter behind four 3s by Anderson.
"We got off to a good start, and we were energized," Cheeks said. "I'm certainly not glad with the way we about the way we finished the game, but overall I think we're still playing good basketball."
But Seattle chipped away and trailed by just six at the end of the first. Then a 15-2 run in the second quarter gave the Sonics the lead, and quieted a packed Rose Garden.
"Teams think that they can win here," Scottie Pippen said. "We haven't proved that we are dominant on our court yet."