SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Seattle SuperSonics barely held on
for their first win. On Sunday, they try to get even with the
San Antonio Spurs in their Western Conference semifinal series.
The SuperSonics hung on for a 92-91 victory here in Game Three
on Thursday when Tim Duncan missed a short jumper in the lane
at the buzzer.
Free throw shooting was the difference in Game Three. The
Sonics connected on 28-of-33 from the line while the Spurs made
only 19 of their 34 attempts, including just 8-of-16 in the
Antonio Daniels, who scored 18 points, personified Seattle's
prowess at the line, making all 12 of his attempts. All-Star
Ray Allen was just 6-of-23 from the floor, but made all but two
of his nine free throws en route to a 20-point performance.
Seattle's other All-Star, Rashard Lewis, collected 12 points and
10 rebounds but had to leave the game with a sprained toe in
his left foot and is questionable for Sunday.
Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but also
struggled from the line, making just 9-of-15 attempts.
The guard tandem of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili scored 18
points apiece for San Antonio, which was held under 100 points
for the first time in the series on Thursday.