SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 1 (Ticker) -- Ray Allen brought the Seattle SuperSonics all the way back.

Allen scored 15 of his playoff career-high 45 points in the fourth quarter as the SuperSonics stormed back from a 19-point deficit to stun the Sacramento Kings, 115-102, and take a commanding 3-1 lead in their Western Conference first-round series.

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The third-seeded SuperSonics broke the mold of the first three games, which had seen the losing team fall behind by at least 19 points and stage a rally that came up short. Seattle can wrap up its first postseason series victory since 1998 with a win at home Tuesday.

"I thought we were just solid defensively the second half," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "You've got to make stops. Ray carried us on the offensive end of the floor. We had a few big plays that kept the momentum for us. But it just came down to getting defensive stops. Tonight we were able to stop them and go down and score."

"I told the team let's just do the simple things and get back in this game," Allen said.

The Sonics found themselves trailing, 41-22, early in the second quarter and on the verge of getting run out of raucous Arco Arena. Allen silenced the sellout crowd with a brief barrage that began the comeback and scored 11 points in the third quarter as Seattle closed to 84-80 entering the final period."

Allen opened the fourth quarter with a jumper and added a pair of 3-pointers and a lefthanded layup before a banked 3-pointer by Antonio Daniels gave Seattle a 95-88 lead with 7:32 remaining.

"When he's carrying the team on his back you've got to give him the ball and be his outlet, but the way he played tonight was unbelievable," Sonics forward Rashard Lewis said. "It didn't matter if he had a man in his face or not. This is one of those special nights that will go down in playoff history. I know I'm gonna always remember it. I'm sure he will, too."

"(Allen) had a great night," Kings forward Kenny Thomas said. "He was the deciding factor in the second half."

The Kings began shadowing Allen but could not dent the deficit. A free throw by Mike Bibby made it 104-98 with 1:27 to play before Allen dribbled left to right around the arc and fired a 3-pointer on the move over 6-11 Brad Miller that beat the shot clock and gave the Sonics a 107-98 lead with 62 seconds left.

Allen made 17-of-28 shots, including 6-of-14 3-pointers, and handed out six assists as he eclipsed his previous high of 41 with Milwaukee vs. Philadelphia in Game Six of the 2001 Eastern Conference finals.

Lewis ended his slump with 19 points and Jerome James continued his surprising series with 17 and nine rebounds for the Sonics, who shot 53 percent (39-of-73) and made 28-of-30 free throws.

"I think the biggest, most important thing was our rebounding," Allen said. "Jerome and Nick (Collison) got some big rebounds toward the end of the game and that's where we got the momentum."

Peja Stojakovic scored 27 points to lead six players in double figures for the Kings. Guard Mike Bibby had another poor shooting game, making just 4-of-17 from the field. But he certainly wasn't alone; after shooting 52 percent (27-of-52) in the first half, Sacramento wilted to 28 percent (10-of-36) in the pivotal second half.

"It was a tough loss, especially at home," Stojakovic said. "We've got to give Seattle credit. They made a lot of tough shots, especially Ray Allen."

"We still have life," Bibby said. "Nobody on this team is going to lie down. We have to get (the next one)."

Stojakovic scored 11 points in the first quarter as Sacramento closed with a 16-4 run and opened a 31-20 lead. A follow shot by Corliss Williamson made it 41-22 just over two minutes into the second period.

Allen scored eight points in a 22-6 run that cut the deficit to 47-44 with 4:50 left in the first half. But Seattle got lazy on defense and Sacramento rebuilt the lead to 68-56 at halftime, making it look like a replay of the first three games.