Allen boosts Sonics to OT win at Atlanta
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen poured in 33 points, including the
game-winning layup with 1.2 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Seattle
SuperSonics to a 113-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
“We caught the defense in rotation and I just found a gap and I just went for
it,” said Allen.
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but Atlanta had a
four-game winning streak broken. The Hawks were trying to win five consecutive
games for the first time since 1999.
Josh Smith scored 24, and Zaza Pachulia scored 21 for Atlanta. Josh Childress
added 17 off of the bench for the Hawks, who lost for the first time since
opening night at Philadelphia.
Rashard Lewis scored 23 for Seattle, which won its second game in a row. Luke
Ridnour added 19 for the Sonics. Chris Wilcox had a double-double for Seattle,
scoring 12 and grabbing 15 rebounds.
A Johnson layup gave Atlanta a 112-111 lead with 22.4 seconds left in
overtime. The Hawks could not find an answer for Allen, though, who cut
through the defense to lay the game-winner in with just 1.2 seconds remaining
on the clock. Johnson missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won
the game for the Hawks.
“It was an exciting game, it would have been a lot better if we pulled out a
victory,” said Johnson. “We just didn’t come up with the key stops at the
Allen took the keys to the Sonics offense in the last five minutes of
regulation, scoring six of Seattle’s last eight points, including a lay-up to
put Seattle up 101-99 with 1:34 left.
Childress answered for the Hawks, tipping in a Johnson miss with 26.7 seconds
left to tie the game at 101-101. Ridnour and Johnson exchanged missed jumpers
that would have ended the game in regulation, sending the contest to overtime.
Two free throws from Ridnour gave the Sonics a 61-52 lead early in the third
quarter. The lead would be short-lived, however, as Johnson and Pachulia
combined on an 11-0 run that erased the nine-point lead. Johnson scored 12 in
the third quarter to help the Hawks cut the Seattle lead to two, at 82-80 at
the end of the third quarter.
Lewis scored 15 in the first half to help push the Sonics out to a 57-52
Without Pachulia the Sonics would have pulled away early, as he scored eight
of Atlanta’s first 12 points to help keep the Hawks within shooting distance
of Seattle, at 29-26 after the first quarter.
Two of Atlanta’s last three games have gone to overtime, as the Hawks defeated
the Cavaliers 104-95 in OT on Tuesday…Seattle holds a six-game winning
streak over the Hawks…Seattle did not have a turnover until eight minutes
into the second quarter, and only turned the ball over eight times in the