Seattle 122, Utah 114 F-OT
Seattle, Jan. 12 (AP) -- Ray Allen hit deep 3-pointers, flat-footed jumpers and scored on tough drives. He was also perfect from the free-throw line.
Allen scored a career-high 54 points to lead Seattle to a 122-114 overtime win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night, snapping the SuperSonics' six-game losing streak.
Allen's performance was second-best in franchise history to Fred Brown's 58-point outburst against Golden State on March 23, 1974, and easily surpassed Allen's previous career-high of 47 versus Charlotte in 2002 while Allen was with Milwaukee.
And Seattle needed every point on this night.
"The circumstances - us needing a win, going into overtime like we did, being down in the fourth quarter - it looked like we were heading in that direction where we've been headed in many games up to this point,'' Allen said.
Allen was 17-for-32 from the field, 12-for-12 at the line and grabbed 10 rebounds.
He changed what was appearing to be Seattle's seventh consecutive loss with a scoring burst in the closing minutes of regulation that carried into the overtime. Allen scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, 15 in the final 5 minutes. Seattle trailed 102-93 after Mehmet Okur's jumper with 2:32 left, before Allen really went to work.
"I'd say he was terrific,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "I don't know if it can get any better.''
Allen started with a driving three-point play, followed by a deep 3-pointer. Chris Wilcox added two free throws to pull Seattle to 102-101.
Carlos Boozer - who finished with 32 points and 16 rebounds - scored at the rim, but Wilcox followed with a dunk, setting the stage for the final seconds.
Seattle fouled Deron Williams, who made both free throws for a 106-103 Jazz lead. Allen then curled off a pair of screens and swished a 27-footer with Boozer's hand in his face with 8 seconds left, forcing the extra session.
"Ray's performance was one of the finest most people here tonight have ever seen,'' Seattle coach Bob Hill said.
Allen opened overtime making a flat-footed 15-footer as the shot clock ticked down. After Andrei Kirilenko's dunk, Earl Watson scored underneath and Allen hit a 20-footer to give Seattle a 112-108 lead.
Another jumper by Allen kept the Sonics' lead at four, but he then had the ball stripped by Kirilenko, who passed to an open Williams. Andre Brown, recently signed to a 10-day contract from Sioux Falls of the NBA Developmental League, hustled from behind to block Williams' layup attempt.
Nick Collison then scored and Kirilenko missed two 3-pointers in the final minute as KeyArena was energized for the first time in a lackluster season.
"Ray is a great player and great players need help too,'' Brown said. "I made it my point to come off the bench and get the team a spark.''
Utah tried a variety of defenders - Kirilenko, Derek Fisher, Gordan Giricek - but none of them were able to slow Allen. It was his first time scoring 40 or more since he had 42 at Phoenix last season.
"People want to know what the 'zone' is like, and if I could have a tape and show people, this is what it's like,'' Allen said. "You can't explain it. It just happens.''
Collison had his third straight double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Watson finished with a career-high 16 assists, many of them setting up Allen's jumpers.
Okur found his shooting touch in the fourth quarter, hitting 4 of 5 shots, and finished with 23 overall. But Okur didn't attempt a shot in overtime, while Kirilenko and Williams were a combined 1-for-7.
Leading 84-81 midway through the fourth, the Jazz went on an 8-2 run, with four of the points provided by Seattle. Wilcox was called for goaltending on Harpring's short jumper as he was fouled by Mickael Gelabale. Harpring completed the three-point play, then Utah got an unconventional three-point possession 45 seconds later.
Williams made the first of two free throws, but the second bounced off the front of the rim. As Collison went to grab the rebound, the ball bounced off his fingers and back through.
Notes: Seattle C Johan Petro left in the fourth quarter with a bruised right knee. ... Hill returned to the bench after missing Wednesday's 107-103 loss to Miami with a respiratory infection. Hill, who said he felt about 70 to 75 percent, said it was "weird'' watching Wednesday's game on television at home, but felt the coaching staff did a solid job. ... Sloan said C.J. Miles being sent to Idaho of the NBA Developmental League was simply to get the 19-year-old some more playing time. Miles started 12 games this season, but had played in just one of the last five.
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