Monday, November 01, 2004

Allen’s Final-Minute Fireworks Pushes Sonics Past Blazers

From NBA.com

SEATTLE, Oct. 29 (Ticker) -- Ray Allen did all he could to help the Seattle SuperSonics end their preseason on a high note.

Allen scored 32 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch to lead the SuperSonics to a 91-87 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the preseason finale for both teams.

An All-Star each of the last four seasons, Allen had been slightly bothered by a sore back in preseason, missing three games. He showed few effects vs. the Trail Blazers, making 6-of-9 from long range.

After a 7-0 run gave Portland an 85-82 lead, Allen hit a baseline jumper with 1:29 left to trim the deficit to one. He then grabbed a rebound on the Trail Blazers' next possession, dribbled down and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to put Seattle ahead 87-85 with 1:01 remaining.

Allen's last 3-pointer with 24 seconds left snapped an 87-87 tie and Luke Ridnour added a free throw for the final margin, finishing a 9-2 run by the Sonics, who snapped a six-game skid.

Ridnour scored 14 points and dished out six assists and Reggie Evans chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds.

Seattle wrapped up its exhibition schedule at 2-6. It travels to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Wednesday in the regular-season opener for both teams.

Ruben Patterson scored 22 points off the bench for Portland, adding six rebounds and five steals in just 33 minutes.

Sebastian Telfair, the Trail Blazers' 19-year-old first-round pick, made a solid contribution. While playing the entire second quarter, he scored five of his seven points and recorded all five of his assists, two on lob passes to Darius Miles. Portland finished the preseason at 4-4 and opens its regular season at Golden State on Wednesday.

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