ATLANTA -- Ruben Patterson scored all 15 of his points in the second quarter when the Seattle SuperSonics built a 22-point lead en route to a 95-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
The Sonics snapped a four-game losing streak and got back to the .500 mark.
Patrick Ewing, coming off the first scoreless game of his career in which he played at least 10 minutes, managed only six points. He still became the 13th player in NBA history to reach 24,000 for his career.
The Hawks missed their first six shots of the second period, allowing the Sonics to stretch a 26-20 lead to 39-20. Patterson started the spurt with an alley-oop dunk and Brent Barry finished it on a 20-foot jumper with 8:20 remaining in the half.
Playing the entire period, Patterson shot 6-for-8, made all three of his foul shots and grabbed five rebounds.
He played 19 minutes in the other three quarters, missing both of his attempts from the field, going 0-for-2 at the line and managing only three rebounds.
Seattle stretched the margin to 22 on a couple of occasions before settling for a 61-43 lead at the half. But the Sonics came out ice cold after the break, making only 4-of-23 shots in the third as the Hawks closed to 72-65 heading to the final quarter.
Atlanta couldn't get any closer than six in the fourth despite several excellent scoring chances in the waning minutes.
Roshown McLeod missed an open jumper, Dikembe Mutombo failed to convert a tip with the ball hanging on the rim and Brevin Knight, a 75 percent free throw shooter, missed two straight from the foul line.
Former Hawk Shammond Williams and Gary Payton each scored 16 points to lead the Sonics. Atlanta's Jason Terry was the top scorer with 27.
The Sonics have won five of their six last games in Atlanta. ... Payton attempted five free throws, giving him 2,151 for his career and passing Tom Chambers (2,150) on the Sonics' list. ... Ewing, who has 24,001 points in his career, receiving a standing ovation when his accomplishment was announced.
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