Seattle led, 52-47, at the half but Charlotte came within 61-58 at 6:18 of the third. Charlotte then seized control with a 30-21 third quarter, and led by as many as 19 points in the fourth.
Jason Richardson scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half.
Seattle was led by Chris Wilcox's 24 points and nine rebounds. Damien Wilkins had 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals, while rookie forward Kevin Durant scored 16 points for the Sonics -- who were limited to 31 percent shooting, and had a modest two-game winning streak broken.
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