Raptors edge Sonics in OT
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – T.J. Ford scored 25 points, including nine
down the stretch in overtime, and dished out 13 assists, as the Atlantic
Division-leading Toronto Raptors downed the Seattle SuperSonics, 120-119, at
Air Canada Centre.
After Chris Bosh hit a pair of jumpers in the opening two overtime minutes,
Ford scored nine straight Toronto points.
Trailing by six with about 30 seconds left in overtime, Rashard Lewis had the
ball stripped from his hands by Juan Dixon in the post, and Ford converted a
free throw with 18 seconds left.
Damien Wilkins scored on a three-pointer with 6.7 seconds to go to cut the
Toronto deficit to 119-116, but Anthony Parker hit the eventual game-winning
free throw on the front end a second later.
Wilkins, though, raced downcourt and got off another three as time expired,
for the final margin.
Bosh posted 27 points and 10 boards for Toronto, which has won back-to-back
games. Andrea Bargnani scored 19 points, and Parker and Dixon added 11 apiece
for the Raptors, who are 22-9 at home this season. They will visit Michael
Redd and the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday at the Bradley Center.
Ray Allen scored 36 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and hit the buzzer
beater in regulation to send the game into overtime. Lewis posted 26
points and 13 rebounds for the Sonics, who concluded their four-game road
trip with three straight losses.
Johan Petro had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Wilcox and Wilkins both
added 12 for Seattle, which is a dismal 7-25 on the road this season. The
SuperSonics return home to host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday and the Golden
State Warriors on March 17th at KeyArena.
With the game tied at 102, Lewis gathered a rebound and layed it back up with
20 seconds left in regulation.
After Ford missed on a layup, Lewis blocked a putback attempt by Bosh. But,
Toronto got the rebound and Bargnani nailed a three from the top of the key,
and got fouled. He added the free throw for a rare four-point play with 9.3
The Sonics inbounded the ball to Allen, who came off two screens in the post
to receive the pass at the foul line. He came up short on a jump-shot attempt,
but followed his shot, grabbed the rebound and floated a second attempt that
swished through the net as the buzzer sounded.
The teams traded baskets in the opening minutes, until Toronto took off on a
14-4 run capped by a Bargnani trey with 2:31 remaining, and led 25-19 heading
into the second.
The Sonics came back in the second on a 10-2 spurt finished by a Lewis trey
with 3:19 left, and led 49-47 at halftime.
With the score knotted at 67, the Sonics closed the stanza on an 11-4 run for
a 78-71 lead heading into the fourth.
Seattle had a two-game winning spurt at Toronto stopped, but has captured five
of the last seven contests in the series…This was the second and final
meeting of the campaign between the squads. On December 23, Allen scored 28
points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists to lead Seattle past
the Raptors, 110-97, at KeyArena.