Okur’s late three-pointer lifts Jazz over Sonics
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur drilled the game-winning
three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in regulation to lift Utah past Seattle,
109-107, at EnergySolutions Arena.
Okur, who finished with 12 points, received the ball after Ray Allen hit a
driving layup to put the SuperSonics up, 107-106 with seven seconds remaining.
The Jazz held an 82-70 advantage after three quarters, but Rashard Lewis
drained a jumper to give Seattle its first lead of the frame, 103-102, at the
After two Matt Harpring free throws, Lewis answered with a pair from the line
before Carlos Boozer’s layup made it a 106-105 contest in favor of Utah with
11 seconds to play.
Boozer scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists
while Deron Williams donated 18 points with nine helpers for the Jazz, who
have won two of their last three.
Utah finished 51.3 percent shooting.
Paul Millsap netted 16 points with 10 boards and Derek Fisher, Andrei
Kirilenko and Matt Harpring each added 11 points in the last-second win.
Allen finished with 33 points, 20 of which came in the fourth quarter, despite
shooting 8-of-19 from the field for the SuperSonics, who have lost four of
their last five contests. Lewis added 27 points and eight rebounds.
Luke Ridnour and Chris Wilcox each finished with 13 points in defeat.
Millsap converted twice from the charity stripe to cut Utah’s deficit, 26-25,
after one quarter of play. The Jazz, trailing by two at the 6:03 mark in the
second, scored 14 of the next 21 points en route to a 52-47 lead at the break.
Johan Petro’s dunk got Seattle within three, 64-61, with 5:50 left in the
third, but Utah doubled up on the SuperSonics with an 18-9 scamper to go up
82-70 on Boozer’s hook shot.
Seattle shot 46.5 percent from the field.
The game featured 14 lead changes…Allen converted 13-of-14 from the charity
stripe…Utah hosts Milwaukee on Tuesday while Seattle welcomes Atlanta.