Collison, Seattle Squeeze by Kings
Seattle 106, Sacramento 104
SEATTLE, Nov. 20 (Ticker) -- Nick Collison put the Seattle SuperSonics on his back down the stretch.
Collison had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Seattle SuperSonics squeezed out a 106-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings, their third straight triumph.
With 36 seconds left, Collison nailed a 20-foot jumper over Brad Miller to give Seattle a 103-101 lead. Sacramento had a chance to tie, but Miller - an 86 percent free-throw shooter - missed a pair from the line.
"I haven't had very many of those opportunities, so on that one, I just let it fly," said Collison, who started for the fifth time this season. "As you get to play more, you get to play to your strengths and that's what I'm starting to do now."
"(Collison) has been working hard on his shot," Sonics coach Bob Weiss said. "He drilled it and that was a big, big shot."
Sacramento trailed, 106-104, and had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds. Instead of going for the tying shot, guard Mike Bibby fired a 3-pointer from top of the key that bounced off the back rim to seal a Seattle victory.
"I thought it looked good when it left my hand," said Bibby, who was 2-of-6 from behind the arc. "I had a good look."
Ray Allen scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half and Luke Ridnour added 10 and 13 assists for Seattle. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 17 points off the bench.
"Some of the easy shots that I had in the first half, they went in and out," said Allen, who added seven assists. "It's still early in the season."
"(Allen's) a really hard cover," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "You have to keep showing on him. What it comes down to with a great player is a lot of times he's missing shots or he's making them. In the second half, he made shots."
Bibby and Peja Stojakovic scored 25 points each and Bonzi Wells added 13 and 11 rebounds for the Kings, whose two-game winning streak came to an end. Stojakovic tied a franchise record with six 3-pointers in the first half. But he did not score after halftime, taking just four shots.
The teams were meeting for the first time since Seattle eliminated Sacramento in five games in the first round of the 2005 playoffs.