AL HARRINGTON
Continued his road scoring binge with 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-7 from the 3-point line, adding eight rebounds and three assists.
RICK CARLISLE
"Defensively we were in the right position on that last play and Ridnour just hit a great shot. You live by the last second shot one day and you die by it the next. That’s how it can go in this league. It was another case where 20 turnovers during the course of the game really took its toll on us."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 50, Sonics 50
Fast-break points:
Pacers 15, Sonics 12
2nd-chance points:
Sonics 12, Pacers 9
Points off turnovers:
Sonics 22, Pacers 12
Starters scoring:
Sonics 87, Pacers 70
Bench scoring:
Pacers 33, Sonics 18
The Pacers shot 14-of-18 from the field in the second quarter (.778), yet lost their lead and were outscored 35-30 by the Sonics, thanks largely to numerous turnovers in the period.
The seventh back-to-back set of the young season concludes Saturday night in Denver (9:00) against high-flying Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets. After facing the second-highest-scoring pair of teammates in the NBA in Seattle's Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis the Pacers will face the highest-scoring duo tonight in Denver in Anthony and J.R. Smith (who combine for more than 48 points per game).
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  • SEATTLE 105, INDIANA 103
    Ridnour Beats Pacers At Buzzer

    At Seattle | Dec. 1, 2006


    Once again, it came down to the last shot. This time, however, it wasn't in the Pacers' hands.

    Luke Ridnour left the door open by missing a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left, but slammed it shut by flipping in an off-balance shot at the buzzer to lift the Sonics to a 105-103 victory over the Pacers Friday night in Seattle.

    Ridnour put Seattle ahead 101-99 with his team's first 3-pointer of the game (after 12 misses) with 43 seconds remaining but, after the teams traded scores, he blew the chance to lock it up at the line. With no timeouts remaining, the Pacers hustled the ball up the floor and into the hands of Jermaine O'Neal, who hit a jumper from the left elbow to tie it at 103-all. But the Pacers left 6.3 seconds on the clock, time enough for Ridnour to make amends for his errant free throws.

    The Pacers, who lost for the first time in eight games in which they've scored at least 97 points and the first time in six in which they've scored at least 100, dropped to 9-8 overall, 5-6 on the road. Seattle snapped a three-game losing streak, all at home, to improve to 7-10 overall, 3-6 at KeyArena.


    PLUSES

    The offense continued to thrive with the new lineup, topping 100 points for the third game in a row as Al Harrington stayed hot, scoring 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-7 from the arc. He also pulled eight rebounds and dished thee assists. Danny Granger scored 18 off the bench, adding six rebounds. Jamaal Tinsley scored 14 with six assists but committed four turnovers. O'Neal played just 18 minutes after missing most of the first half with a sore hamstring but managed another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with three assists and two blocks. Stephen Jackson also scored 13 with four assists and two steals but missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute. The Pacers shot well (.533), particularly so from the arc (8-of-17).
    MINUSES
    Though the Pacers defended Seattle's two primary scorers relatively well – Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis combined to shoot 12-of-35 from the field – they were beaten by the Sonics' role-players. Making his first start of the season at center, Nick Collison scored a career-high 21 points, adding eight rebounds. Ridnour scored 17 with six assists and Chris Wilcox had 13 points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes. Lewis scored 10 of his 18 at the free-throw line and Allen, who missed all five of his 3-point attempts, scored 18. The Sonics shot just 7-of-20 in the fourth quarter and committed five turnovers but outrebounded the Pacers 15-7, including six offensive boards. Indiana struggled against Seattle's pressure defense, committing 20 turnovers, seven in the third quarter when the Sonics built an 11-point lead.
    MOMENTS
    If not for 12 first-half turnovers, the Pacers might've had a substantial lead at the break. As it was, they trailed 62-58, primarily due to a brief but deadly lapse in which they committed five quick turnovers to fuel a 16-4 run that gave the Sonics a 54-48 lead. Turnovers continued to be a problem in the third period as the Sonics put together a 12-4 run to stretch the margin to 78-67. Once the Pacers regained control of the ball they were able to cut into the deficit, closing to 84-83 on Granger's 3-pointer to start the fourth period and taking a 95-94 lead on Harrington's layup at 4:04.

    O'Neal scored on a short jumper to give the Pacers their last lead at 99-98. Ridnour answered with a 3-pointer that put the Sonics up 101-99 with 43.7 seconds left. Jackson – whose 3-pointer with one second left beat Golden State Wednesday night – then airballed a right-corner 3-pointer and, after the Sonics couldn't control the rebound, missed a trey from the left wing. Lewis made a pair of free throws and Tinsley drove for a quick score to make it 103-101 with 21 seconds left before Ridnour was sent to the line, setting up the dramatic finish.


    TIDBITS
  • O'Neal missed most of the first half after tweaking his left hamstring midway through the first period. After getting treatment in the locker room, he returned for the second half.
  • Both teams had their highest-scoring first halves of the year, the Pacers with 58 points and the Sonics with 62.
  • The Pacers led after the first quarter (28-27) for just the fourth time this season. They're now 1-3 when leading after one and 8-5 when trailing.