Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/26

Game 1: Thursday, October 26th
Warriors107Final
OT
SuperSonics111

Warriors 107

(5-1, 3-1 away)

SuperSonics 111

(4-4, 2-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 26, 2006

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    GS 35 25 26 12 9107
    SEA 39 24 23 12 13111

    Sonics beat Warriors in OT, Richardson probable for opener

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The owners may be new and old faces may be leaving but Nick Collison says the SuperSonics will be fine if players just keep taking care of business.

    The Seattle forward did his part Thursday night, scoring 19 points to help the Sonics beat the Golden State Warriors 111-107 in overtime.

    The victory helped Seattle (4-4) finish up the exhibition season with three consecutive wins.

    Ike Diogu scored 25 points and Monta Ellis added 20 for the Warriors, who finished the preseason 6-1. Golden State rested Baron Davis and Mike Dunleavy, suiting up just nine players.

    Damien Wilkins scored 18 points for Seattle. Johan Petro added 16, and Rashard Lewis had 15 in the game played at the Spokane Arena.

    The game came just hours after Sonics' team president Wally Walker announced that he will resign when the franchise's sale to the Professional Basketball Club LLC is completed on Tuesday. Walker has served as team president and CEO since 2001.

    The sale of the Sonics and the WNBA Storm to Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett's group was approved by the NBA Board of Governors on Tuesday. Bennett has stated the future of the franchise in Seattle will depend on the group's ability to develop a replacement for the current KeyArena. Bennett's preference is to develop a new arena complex, either in Seattle or one of the surrounding suburbs.

    "We really can't be concerned" about the possibility of the team leaving, Collison said. "When you agree to play in the NBA, you know you don't have control over where you're going to live."

    "I believe the new ownership is committed to finding a solution in Seattle," Walker said after the game.

    He watched from courtside as the Sonics nursed small leads most of the game, leading 39-35 at the half. The score was tied at 86 after three quarters and 98-98 at the end of regulation.

    Petro's hook shot snapped a 107-107 tie with a minute left in overtime.

    "I thought we really played well tonight," Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "I thought everyone gave a great effort."

    The Warriors lost guard Anthony Roberson with a sprained ankle late in the second quarter.

    Nelson said there's a good chance Golden State star Jason Richardson will play in the season opener next Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Richardson, who led the Warriors with 23.2 points per game last season, missed the entire preseason while recovering from knee surgery.

    Seattle coach Bob Hill said he expects starting center Robert Swift to miss the Sonics' season opener next Wednesday against Portland, but declined to speculate further on the extent of Swift's knee injury. Swift was injured in Wednesday's win over Sacramento.

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