Saturday , Dec , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lucky Luke: Sonics beat Pacers at buzzer

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Luke Ridnour made up for two missed free throws
in the closing minute by making a desperation floater in the lane at the
buzzer to boost Seattle to a 105-103 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Ridnour ended with 17 points and went from goat to hero in the game in a
matter of seconds. He missed two foul shots with 19.3 seconds left, and
Jermaine O’Neal drained a jumper to tie the score at 103.

Ridnour then drove between Danny Granger and Jamaal Tinsley into the lane
before firing up the winning shot, helping the SuperSonics snap a three-game
skid, all at home.

Nick Collison had 21 points for Seattle, while teammates Ray Allen and Rashard
Lewis each scored 18.

Al Harrington scored 28 for the Pacers, who had a two-game winning streak
broken.

Ridnour’s three-pointer boosted the Sonics to a 101-99 lead with 43.7 seconds
left and Stephen Jackson then missed a pair of shots.

Lewis’ two free throws extended the Sonics to a 103-99 lead with 25.9 seconds
left, before Tinsley drove to the bucket to close the gap to two points to set
up the dramatic finish.

Chris Wilcox had 13 points for the Sonics, while Granger scored 18 and Tinsley
14 for Indiana. O’Neal ended with 13 points and 10 boards.

The Sonics bolted to a 9-2 lead in the opening quarter, but fell behind 28-27
after 12 minutes. Seattle established a 62-58 advantage after two periods and
was in front 84-80 going into the fourth.

Game Notes

Seattle has won four of the last five meetings…This was the fourth of a six-
game road trip for the Pacers, who will visit Denver on Saturday and the
Lakers on Monday…Jackson scored 13…The Pacers shot 53.3 percent, compared
to 47.1 percent for the Sonics, who were 1-of-13 from three-point range.

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