Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 3/13

Game 1: Sunday, March 13th
SuperSonics90Final
Knicks80
Game 2: Friday, March 25th
Knicks101Final
OT
SuperSonics109

Knicks 101

(29-38, 8-24 away)

SuperSonics 109

(48-20, 24-11 home)

Coverage: MSG

7:30 PM ET, March 25, 2005

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 OT T
NY 19 23 27 26 6101
SEA 23 15 28 29 14109

Top Performers

New York: S. Marbury 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

Seattle: R. Allen 40 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Sonics tandem lowers the boom in extra time

SEATTLE (AP) -- Ray Allen scored a season-high 40 points and Rashard Lewis added 30 to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 109-101 overtime victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

Allen had eight points and Lewis six in overtime as the Sonics beat the Knicks for the second time in less than two weeks.

The Northwest Division-leading Sonics, with their fifth win in a row and fourth straight at home, moved within one victory or a Minnesota loss to clinching a berth in the Western Conference playoff race. They can get that berth Saturday if the Timberwolves lose at New Jersey.

The Knicks dropped to 8-24 on the road.

Tim Thomas sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer for the Knicks with 9.5 seconds left in regulation.

But in the overtime, New York was only 3-for-11 from the field. Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 31 points.

Allen put the Sonics ahead with two free throws at 3:55 of the overtime after being fouled by Marbury and then made a 3-pointer with 2:01 on the clock before Lewis sank an eight-footer with 1:22 to go to give Seattle a 102-95 lead.

The Knicks missed their first seven shots in overtime before Thomas scored on an offensive rebound put-back with 1:06 to go.

The Sonics led 78-70 after two free throws by Vitaly Potapenko with 8:41 left in regulation, but the Knicks went ahead 84-83 on two free throws by Malik Rose with 4:06 to go in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks had a 13-0 run in the first half and led 42-31 after two free throws by Marbury with 2:52 to go. The Sonics scored seven straight points to cut their deficit to 42-38 at halftime. New York led 69-66 after three periods.< ^Notes: Kurt Thomas of the Knicks and Lewis were game time decisions. Both started. Thomas missed the game against Boston in New York on Wednesday night because of a left elbow injury. Lewis came out late in the first quarter after playing 10 minutes in Portland on Thursday night because of tendinitis in his left knee and did not return. ... Damien Wilkins, who scored 21 points in place of Lewis in Seattle's victory in Portland, had no points on 0-for-2 shooting in 6 minutes, all in the second quarter. ... Lenny Wilkens, who resigned as coach of the Knicks Jan. 21, was not at the game although he lives in the Seattle area. He has been serving as a local television sports commentator and has been a spectator at the Key Arena since he left the Knicks. Wilkens was replaced by assistant Herb Williams as coach of the Knicks.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NY
SEA
Points 101 109
FGM-FGA 35-84 (.417) 36-81 (.444)
3PM-3PA 2-18 (.111) 9-25 (.360)
FTM-FTA 29-36 (.806) 28-34 (.824)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-41 13-47
Assists 17 18
Turnovers 11 16
Steals 8 7
Blocks 3 5
Fast Break Points 8 18
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (2/0) 24 (0/0)
Largest Lead 11 10

Top Performers

New York
Seattle
Stephon Marbury Marbury
Points: 31
Reb: 3
Ast: 6
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Ray Allen Allen
Points: 40
Reb: 9
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 1