played nine seasons in Seattle before Thunder general manager Sam Presti
traded the All-Star forward in a sign-and-trade deal to Orlando. Lewis still owns a house in Seattle but has it on the market.
"This is so different it doesn’t even feel like I’m playing against my old team because we’re in Oklahoma City,” Lewis said. "Obviously, there’s a lot of guys like Nick Collison, Chris Wilcox,
Robert Swift and Damien Wilkins
and a few others I played with. They’re great guys, great teammates.”
The Thunder bench was 0-of-16 from the field in the first half... Forward Chris Wilcox (sprained knee) was inactive. He’s listed as day-to-day but probably is doubtful for this weekend’s games... Jameer Nelson
, the St. Joseph’s point guard on the team OSU beat in the Elite Eight 2004, had a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds). Mickael Pietrus
added 17 points... Center Mo Sene
made his debut in the waning minutes.
Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy
on his first game in the Ford Center: "They may have the best fans in the league. It will be a difficult place to play. They have one of the best home-court advantages in the league.”
BY MIKE BALDWIN