Allenís Big OT Effort Lifts Sonics
Seattle 107, Minnesota 102 (OT)
SEATTLE, Nov. 4 (Ticker) -- Dwane Casey is used to seeing Ray Allen hit big shots. This time, he wasn't happy about it.
Allen scored 11 of his 32 points in overtime to spoil Casey's return to the Pacific Northwest as the Seattle SuperSonics posted a 107-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Casey's new squad gave him a winning effort in his debut Wednesday at home over former Sonics coach Nate McMillan and Portland, and nearly did the same Friday, rallying from a 94-90 deficit late in regulation to force overtime.
Allen had a chance to end it in the fourth quarter but missed a fadeaway jumper as the buzzer sounded.
"I thought I rushed it a little bit," Allen said. "I got the shot I wanted and I just put a rush on it instead of just taking my time. It would have been great to knock that down."
Allen more than made up for it in OT to help Weiss to his first coaching win since 1994 with the Los Angeles Clippers, who defeated Seattle here Wednesday.
"How did we win a game with 23 turnovers and shooting 16 percent on 3-pointers?" Weiss wondered. "We must be doing something right."
The Sonics, who ranked second in the league with 666 3-pointers last season, were just 4-for-25 from long range, and Allen made just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in regulation.
However, that didn't stop him in OT, when he made 2-of-3 3-point tries.
"We all talked about it after the game, that the ball just didn't want to go in," Allen said. "Everybody felt good, so we decided to blame it on the ball."
After Minnesota's Wally Szczerbiak, who scored 12 of his 16 points after the third period, opened the extra session with a jumper, Allen began his onslaught. He tied it on a jumper seconds later and gave the Sonics the lead for good, 99-96, with a 3-pointer with 3:05 left.
Allen answered Marko Jaric's jumper with a free throw for a 100-98 lead and, after a series of empty possessions by both teams, shook off two defenders with a fancy dribble and drilled a 3-pointer for a five-point advantage with 90 seconds to go.
Luke Ridnour and Allen both hit a pair of free throws in the final minute, when the Timberwolves missed four straight shots before Szczerbiak's layup in the closing seconds.
Rashard Lewis added 19 points for Seattle, which got 40 points from its bench.
Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and keyed Minnesota's rally late in the fourth quarter, scoring on a jumper in traffic to make it 94-92 with 84 seconds left, then saving a loose ball to Szczerbiak, who raced in for the tying dunk.
"I am kicking myself because five turnovers is a lot for me," Garnett said. "I had some costly turnovers, like I hadn't even played the game of basketball before. I am pretty upset with myself for some of my decision-making."
Jaric added 20 points for the Timberwolves, who fell to 7-26 all-time in Seattle.
"I thought our guys competed hard, but you can't put them on the free-throw line 36 times and expect to win," Casey said. "Going into the overtime we got good looks, but we had a few breakdowns defensively by giving Ray a couple of (3-pointers)."
Neither team had a lead larger than eight points. Minnesota took a 78-73 advantage into the fourth but did not score until Garnett's jumper at the 8:21 mark. Seattle answered with a 7-0 run to take its largest lead, 88-80, midway through the period.