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 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.