SEATTLE, Nov. 12 (Ticker) --
When all-star Ray Allen
fouled out, there
were a lot of questions for the Seattle SuperSonics. Antonio
Daniels came through with the answers.
Daniels scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including a
go-ahead runner with seven seconds remaining, to help the
SuperSonics to an 88-87 triumph over the Toronto Raptors.
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After Allen fouled out on a questionable call with 5:20
remaining, Rafer Alston's
jumper gave the Raptors a 78-76 lead.
"I don't think I even touched him," Allen said of his offensive
foul on Morris Peterson. "I think the referee just saw him fall
over and didn't have a clear look at the play."
Seattle, which extended its winning streak to five games, took
the lead on a 3-pointer by Luke Ridnour
with 4:50 remaining. But
Peterson replied with a 3-pointer just 20 seconds later to give
Toronto an 81-79 edge.
extended the Raptors' lead with a breakaway dunk,
but Daniels answered with his second 3-pointer of the quarter
with 3:18 remaining to pull Seattle within one.
, who scored six of his 10 points in the final
quarter, hit a pair of jumpers around a free throw by Ridnour to
give the Raptors an 87-83 lead with 85 seconds remaining.
hit his third 3-pointer on the ensuing possession
to bring Seattle within 87-86 before Alston missed a jumper and
Carter shot an airball. Daniels, who scored 16 points, followed
with the winning runner in the lane.
"We played great as a team," Daniels said. "It was a test. We
didn't shoot the ball well, but we've been saying from day one
that it will show a lot about the team when we don't shoot the
With Seattle shooting 41 percent (33-of-80) - four percent lower
than its season average - Daniels believed the victory was
indicative of the Sonics' defensive effort. "We forced them into
some tough shots," he said. "We won that game on the defensive
end of the floor."
Carter, who shot just 5-of-17 from the field, scored 15 points
but missed a potential game-winning reverse layup as time
"I think I let the team down," Carter said. "I had a couple of
plays that I wasn't ready to shoot. I feel in my mind that I
hurt the team, but the great thing is that we have a game
With Carter playing just seven minutes in the first half due to
foul trouble, the SuperSonics took advantage.
Allen scored 19 of his 29 points and Lewis added 10 of his 15 to
give Seattle a 48-34 lead at halftime.
"I'm getting tired of the way we are starting the game," Raptors
coach Sam Mitchell said. "It's not making me happy. If we
have to make some changes in the starting lineup, then that's
what we are going to do."
Toronto chipped away at the lead in the second half. Bonner
scored four points during a 9-0 run between the third and fourth
quarters that reduced the Raptors' deficit to 64-62.
Mitchell was openly displeased with the play of some of his
"The guys that do the things that we ask them to do offensively
and defensively are going to find minutes," said Mitchell, who
did not single out anyone in particular. "The guys that are
doing the things that they want to do are just not going to
Entering the game, Seattle had won by an average of 22.5 points
during its four-game winning streak.
"The four games we won, we won by a large margin," Allen said.
"It's easy to play when you are ahead, but tonight we played
behind and I think it built character in the team."