SEATTLE, April 19 (Ticker) -- Ray Allen
's record-breaking performance had
Seattle SuperSonics' fans chanting for more.
Allen scored 27 points and set the NBA's single-season record
for 3-pointers to lead the SuperSonics to a 109-98 victory over
the Denver Nuggets.
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Making 7-of-13 from the arc, Allen finished the campaign with
269 3-pointers, breaking the mark set by Dennis Scott in
1995-1996. He raised his career total to 1,755, second on the
all-time list behind Reggie Miller.
"I've had shots to win games, but nothing felt like this
tonight," Allen said. "It was special. If there was a perfect
ending to this up-and-down season, then this was it."
Allen sank five 3-pointers in the first quarter and scored 20
points in the opening half to help Seattle take a 55-35 lead.
"There was a part of me that wanted him to get it, but he got it
quicker than I wanted it to be," said Nuggets coach George Karl
, who coached Allen with Milwaukee. "He's a great shooter
and they were obviously going after the record very quickly. I
have a feeling he'll break it again next year."
"I'm so used to seeing Ray do things like that," Denver center
said. "It was no surprise to me. He usually does
it late in the game, but tonight he came out and did a nice job
of knocking it down."
With Allen on the bench in the fourth quarter, Denver began to
chip away at the lead. However, he was re-inserted into the
lineup with 4:20 left after fans chanted, "We want Ray!"
"That was just incredible what he did," Seattle coach Bob Hill
said. "I was happy for him. But it was so big, it kind of took
a little juice away from the game. I thought the fans brought
that back a little bit and I wasn't going to argue with them a
and Luke Ridnour
scored 15 points each and Earl Watson
added 14 off the bench for the SuperSonics (35-47), who
forced 25 turnovers and made 25-of-27 free throws.
Playing without Carmelo Anthony
, Marcus Camby
and Kenyon Martin
the Nuggets (44-38) dropped their fourth straight game. The
Northwest Division champions open the playoffs Saturday against
the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I love our chances," said Camby, who led the league in blocked
shots. "I think we have a team assembled that can win it all.
No one is really giving us a shot. Everyone is talking about San
Antonio, Dallas and the Detroit Pistons - and the other 13
teams in the playoffs aren't worth anything. I think we have the
team that can get the job done."
scored 22 points, Linas Kleiza
had 17 and Ruben Patterson
16 for Denver, which had a 45-30 rebounding edge.
"I'm close to calling (the season) great," Karl said. "I've
enjoyed it and now we have an opportunity to make some noise in
the playoffs against a good team."