The SuperSonics had lost their first eight games of the year, the worst start in team history. The struggles came as rumors heated up that the team would be moving to Oklahoma City.
The result spoiled the season debut of Miami's Dwayne Wade, who made his return from shoulder surgery. He did not start, but scored 15 points in 24 minutes. Miami has won only once this year.
Miami was led by 19 points from Ricky Davis.
Seattle saw a 21-point lead during the third period reduced to 12 by the end of the quarter. The Sonics then opened the fourth on an 11-0 run.