SEATTLE, Dec. 1 (Ticker) --
The Utah Jazz became the latest team to be
victimized by the hot 3-point shooting of Vladimir Radmanovic
and the Seattle SuperSonics.
Radmanovic tied the game with a 3-pointer late in regulation and
Allen nailed a key shot from the arc in overtime as the
SuperSonics remained unbeaten at home with a 129-119 victory
over the Jazz.
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Allen scored nine of his 38 points in overtime and Rashard Lewis
and Radmanovic added 23 and 21, respectively, for the Sonics,
who improved to 8-0 at KeyArena this season.
Seattle trailed, 110-107, after Utah's Carlos Boozer
sank a pair
of free throws with 18 seconds left in regulation. But
Radmanovic tied it with a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with
10.5 seconds to play, clearing space for the shot by
"We wanted to go to Ray but two guys jumped on him and I was
open for a 3-pointer," Radmanovic said. "I knew Boozer was
going to jump after my head-fake and I shot it and it went in.
You don't have time to think about a shot like that."
"Vlade's 3-pointer was the biggest shot for us this year," said
Seattle center Danny Fortson
, who contributed eight points and
nine rebounds before fouling out for the third time this year.
Following a timeout, Utah's Howard Eisley
missed a runner high
off the left side of the glass, gathered the rebound but
misfired from the left baseline, sending the game into overtime.
Seattle held a 118-117 edge when Allen connected from the arc
with 2:14 remaining. Antonio Daniels
added a 3-pointer just
over a minute later to make it 124-117, and Utah did not
Sonics coach Nate McMillan was delighted with the way his team
fought back following a tough loss to Portland on Tuesday night.
"I thought those guys tonight kept fighting, kept scrapping and
making plays against a scrappy Utah team," McMillan said. "We
made some big shots. Ray made some big plays going to the
basket and, of course, the three by Vlade to send the game into
overtime, it was a huge shot."
Utah coach Jerry Sloan said his team may have gotten down on
itself after blowing a five-point lead late in the fourth
quarter to force the extra period.
"We felt sorry for ourselves a little bit when we went back out
there because we felt we had won the regular game," Sloan said.
"I think there was some disappointment there. That's where you
have to be tough mentally."
Boozer produced a career-high 36 points on 15-of-21 shooting and
scored 17 of his season-high 25 points after the
third quarter for the Jazz, who made just 2-of-11 3-pointers and
allowed the Sonics to connect on 13-of-29.
"I think we are playing a lot harder than a couple of games
previous," Boozer said. "I guess we have to stop making
mistakes and let other teams capitalize on them down the
Radmanovic was 4-of-8, Allen 3-of-7 and Luke Ridnour
the arc for Seattle, which shot 52 percent (42-of-81) overall.