SEATTLE, Jan. 5 (Ticker) -- Ray Allen
again provided late-game heroics
for the Seattle SuperSonics.
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Allen scored 27 of his season-high 42 points in the fourth
quarter and overtime as the SuperSonics rallied for a 119-108
triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers.
"I wanted the ball in my hands and I'm sure the whole team
wanted the ball in my hands," Allen said. "It was just one of
those nights, it worked well for us."
"That's why we call him 'Big Play Ray,'" Portland forward Zach Randolph
said. "It's frustrating, real frustrating. We should
have won this game."
A three-time All-Star, Allen had seven points in the extra
period, when Seattle outscored Portland, 15-4. On Friday, he
scored 35 points and outdueled Kobe Bryant
as the SuperSonics
defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 111-109.
"I'm still getting to know Ray," Sonics coach Nate McMillan
said. "To see him perform and see what he did tonight, to look
at his effort in the Lakers' game ... you know when he is on, he
"I've seen him do that before, when I was in Philly," Trail
Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I've seen him make shots
like that, and it's not a good feeling."
added 21 points for Seattle, which has won
six of its last eight games.
Randolph led Portland with 28 points and 12 rebounds and Damon Stoudamire
scored 22 points. But the Trail Blazers have lost
three in a row and fell to 1-12 on the road.
"We have to take something positive out of this," Cheeks said.
"We know we are capable of playing the right way."
Coming off their most lopsided loss of the season, Sunday's
130-99 setback to Sacramento, the SuperSonics trailed by as many
as 23 points in the third quarter.
But Radmanovic nailed three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in
the fourth quarter, when Seattle used a 23-6 burst to forge a
96-96 tie with 3:20 remaining.
"It was a hell of an effort," Radmanovic said. "Everybody who
played gave a great effort."
A 3-pointer by Allen gave the SuperSonics a 104-102 lead with 19
seconds left, but Stoudamire forced overtime by drilling a
jumper with one second remaining.
Portland lost, despite a 49-33 rebounding advantage. The
SuperSonics overcame that disparity by hitting 15-of-33
3-pointers and shooting 54 percent (45-of-84)
overall. Radmanovic was 5-of-8 from the arc and Allen 5-of-12.
"Everything that I shot tonight in the second half, I knew it
was in, whether I made it or not," Allen said. "Straight up and
straight back down, I knew it was going in."
alley-oop layup off a pass from Allen put Seattle
ahead for good, 106-104, just 14 seconds into overtime.
Portland had just one basket in the final four minutes and shot
25 percent (2-of-8) in the extra period.
Portland guard Jeff McInnis
suffered a cut above his left eye in
the fourth quarter after colliding with Randolph. He left with
3:16 remaining and did not return.