Allen, Sonics Hold On To Beat Warriors
Seattle 111, Golden State 107
SEATTLE, Feb. 1 (Ticker) -- Whatever Seattle SuperSonics coach Bob Hill said to his team at halftime, it certainly worked - at least for one quarter.
Ray Allen scored 32 points and Rashard Lewis added 26 as the SuperSonics thoroughly dominated the third quarter before holding on for a 111-107 victory over the fading Golden State Warriors.
"We scored nine points," said Warriors coach Mike Montgomery, who was ejected in the final minute for the first time in his coaching career. "We just started shooting threes. We got stagnant and the ball wasn't going down and we didn't guard Ray Allen and it was just a stretch where it was worse than that."
The Sonics had runs of 12-0 and 10-0 in the decisive quarter.
"We said at halftime that the first one to play defense was going to win the ballgame," Lewis said. "We gave up a lot of points in the first half and we felt like we had to step it up on the defensive end."
Lewis scored nine points in the session, while Allen added seven as Seattle shot 52 percent (12-of-23) to carry an 85-71 lead into the fourth.
"There was such a difference between the first half and the second half," Allen said. "In the first half, they had us on our heels and they got every bounce. In the third quarter, it just seemed like it turned. It's amazing how you see the difference."
Golden State's Baron Davis, who scored a season-high 35 points, began the third quarter with a free throw before Seattle scored 26 of the next 30 points to take an 82-67 lead on a 3-pointer by Ronald Murray with 1:54 remaining.
"It's frustrating," said Davis, who made 11-of-26 shots and dished out nine assists. "We could have put that game away had we come with the energy we started the game with. It's up to every individual to come mentally prepared and ready to play. If that doesn't happen, we're not going to win."
Rookie Ike Diogu and Davis each connected on a pair of free throws for the Warriors late in the period before Lewis responded with a three-point play in the waning seconds to conclude the Sonics' most impressive quarter of the season.
"We changed a little bit at halftime and came from the perimeter and that probably had as big an effect as anything we did in the game," Hill said.
But Golden State, which shot 2-of-21 (9 percent) and was outrebounded by a 20-8 margin in the third quarter, came out firing in the fourth.
The Warriors poured in 36 points in the session, rallying from an 18-point deficit to close within 105-101 on two free throws by Davis with 1:29 remaining.
Allen answered with three free throws, including one resulting from a technical foul on Montgomery, to restore a seven-point lead.
"Ray was on a mission," Hill said. "He had that proverbial scowl on his face. He got a little anxious midway through the fourth quarter. He was getting open. He did a good job of getting open the entire game."
However, the determined Warriors kept on fighting as Davis drilled a pair of 3-pointers around two free throws by Luke Ridnour to slice Golden State's deficit to 110-107 with 12.3 seconds left.
"(In the fourth quarter), we put some people in who wanted to play," Davis said. "We got back to playing defense and moving the ball and going down low ... We have to do stuff like that. We have to play people that are going to produce."
Ridnour split a pair of free throws with 6.9 seconds to play, sealing the Sonics' fourth win in six games and clinching the Warriors' fifth straight road defeat.
"It feels good because we're getting the confidence that we can win close games," said Lewis, who made 9-of-19 shots from the floor and all eight of his free throws.
"We've lost so many close games in this building in the first 40 games of the season," added Allen, who connected on 12-of-20 from the floor. "We're learning some things about ourselves about being steady down the stretch. Things we want to do and things we want to see."