Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/23

Game 1: Tuesday, October 23rd
Warriors126Final
OT
SuperSonics122

Warriors 126

(6-2, 5-1 away)

SuperSonics 122

(1-5, 0-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 23, 2007

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    GS 31 30 18 34 13126
    SEA 26 42 19 26 9122

    X-rays negative on Durant's ankle; status unknown

    SEATTLE (ESPN.com news services) -- Rookie Kevin Durant, the second pick in the NBA draft, had 21 points for the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday but left with a sprained ankle.

    Durant was hurt in the final minutes of Seattle's 126-122 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that X-rays were negative, but the team did not know if he would travel with the team to Portland for Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers.

    In Tuesday's game, Brandan Wright put back a missed shot with 45 seconds left in OT for the win.

    Wright, a rookie forward out of North Carolina, did not even enter the game until the fourth quarter. He finished with seven points.

    "The whole game was good, bad and ugly. My best player on the court was Brandan Wright. He was just terrific and I wasn't even going to play him," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "He's got something special because he's so long and quick. He got to balls no one else on the team could have gotten."

    After Wright's basket, Wally Szczerbiak hit a shot with 20 seconds left to draw the Sonics within two points, but the Warriors (4-2) hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to hold on.

    "I'm always ready to play. When Coach calls me you have to go out there and do the best you can," Wright said. "When a shot goes up, you have to go to the boards. It's instincts and being able to use your athletic ability and quickness to get to the glass."

    Szczerbiak had a chance to give the Sonics (1-5) the lead with 25 seconds left in regulation. He had tied the game at 113 with a fast-break layup and was fouled, but missed the free throw. The Warriors couldn't get off a final shot in regulation.

    "That's [Seattle] not a good team and they almost beat us tonight,'' Nelson said. "So I don't know where that puts us. They're kind of a fun team but they're so young. They're going to suffer until those guys learn how to play. P.J. [Carlesimo] has a tough job. I really don't know what to expect from us."

    Damien Wilkins shot 10-of-21 and scored a preseason-best 27 points for the Sonics. Szczerbiak came off the bench to score 24 and Chris Wilcox had 22.

    Golden State had a balanced offense with eight players in double figures, led by Matt Barnes with 16. Baron Davis had 14 but he was held out of the entire second half by Nelson.

    The Sonics (1-4), 29th in team defense after allowing 106.8 points per game, had given up 126, 117 and 126 points in their last three games, all losses.

    The Warriors built an 11-point lead in the first quarter as Mickael Pietrus contributed seven points. But he hit the bench with 3:43 left with three fouls and didn't return until the fourth quarter.

    Pietrus' exit began the Seattle response, led by Szczerbiak. He scored 14 of his 16 first-half points in the second period. His 3-pointer with 9:35 left in the half gave the Sonics their first lead, 35-33.

    Sonics coach Carlesimo held out center Robert Swift and guard Delonte West.

    The Sonics closed the half with a 12-0 spurt in a span of 1:24 for a 68-61 lead at intermission.

    Seattle plays two more preseason games, Wednesday at Portland and Friday against Phoenix in Vancouver, British Columbia. Golden State finishes its preseason Friday at the Los Angeles Clippers.

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