Allen Spoils Gasolís Career-High 44
Seattle 98, Memphis 97
MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 28 (Ticker) -- All-Star Ray Allen waited until the end of the game to flash his sharpshooting.
Allen scored 20 points, including the last five of the game, as the Seattle SuperSonics rallied for a 98-97 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies, who wasted a franchise-record 44 points by Pau Gasol.
"I think it helped us to go with some stuff that was not scripted," Sonics coach Bob Hill said. "We wanted to go with something they wouldn't expect."
Mike Miller, who scored 11 points, gave the Grizzlies a 97-93 lead on a floater with 1:07 left. Allen responded by nailing a high-arcing 3-pointer that beat the shot clock 26 seconds later.
"You've got to give him credit," said Grizzlies guard Eddie Jones, who scored 16 points. "Ray is clutch."
The SuperSonics needed a stop and got one, forcing a shot-clock volation as Chucky Atkins failed to get off a shot.
After a timeout, Allen drove the left side and was closely covered by Jones but still managed to hit the winning shot, which went off the glass and rattled around before dropping in with 0.3 seconds remaining.
"I'm just glad to be of service," said Allen, who shot 8-of-17 overall. "When we play bad, we aren't playing together. I tried to get my hands off the ball so they (refs) couldn't say I still had the ball in my hands. When I didn't hear a whistle, I was glad."
"Eddie was right on him on the last shot," said Memphis coach Mike Fratello. "He made it, and there's not much you can do."
The Grizzlies had a chance to win with a tip-in, but their inbounds pass was poorly thrown.
"I feel bad because I didn't help the team much on that last inbounds," Fratello added. "It was my fault. I felt badly that I didn't help them out as well as I could have."
Gasol and Miller combined to scored seven straight points in a minute for a 93-89 advantage with just over three minutes to go.
"Pau is doing a great job," Memphis forward Shane Battier said. "He's carrying the team and had a huge night."
Rookie Johan Petro scored 15 points and Rashard Lewis added 14 for the SuperSonics, who shot 49 percent (39-of-79) from the field. Seattle has won two in a row and seven of 10.
"He (Johan) made jump shots, and I thought that kid was ... for someone we considered putting in the D-League, he was pretty good," Hill said.
Playing 45 minutes, Gasol made 17-of-28 shots and 10-of-12 free throws, also grabbing nine rebounds. The All-Star power forward eclipsed his previous high of 39 against Washington on Feb. 27.
"I was trying to stay aggressive, but it's hard when you're playing 48 minutes every night," Gasol said. "If they were going to keep single coverage, I was going to play that way."
Lorenzen Wright pulled down 14 rebounds for Memphis (41-30), which shot 51 percent (39-of-77) and remained sixth in the Western Conference.