NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Golden State
(Friday, January 28th)
Final Score: Seattle 88, Golden State 85
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen scored 26 points and Rashard Lewis added 24, as Seattle held on for an 88-85 victory over Golden State at The Arena.
Luke Ridnour chipped in 14 points for the SuperSonics, who have won three of their last four.
Calbert Cheaney scored a season-high 21 points to lead the Warriors, who have dropped four straight and 13 of their last 14 overall. Jason Richardson added 20 points and kept his team close with clutch baskets down the stretch.
The Sonics scored the first 16 points of the first quarter, but that was as close as they would come to controlling the game.
Seattle led by 10 with 4:21 remaining in the game before the Warriors used an 11-2 run, highlighted by six points from Richardson, to pull within 86-85.
Cheaney scored the final point on a free throw with 1:09 left, but he missed the second attempt after a timeout. Lewis then hit a jumper at the other end to give Seattle its final margin with 46.2 seconds to play.
"It came down to getting shots and keeping it on the offensive end," Lewis said.
Golden State had one last chance to tie it with 9.9 ticks left, but a messy inbounds play resulted in a missed three-point attempt by Derek Fisher at the buzzer.
"A loss is a loss, don't get me wrong," Cheaney said, "but we showed a lot of competitive spirit, especially the way we started the game. It was unfortunate that we came up short."
The Warriors were just 4-of-17 (24 percent) from three-point range in the game and made only seven of their 14 free throws. They shot 42 percent from the overall.
The Sonics shot 42 percent from the floor, 7-of-25 (28 percent) from three- point territory and 15-of-20 from the line.
Seattle opened the game with a 16-0 run, but the Warriors ended the quarter with an 18-7 burst to pull within 23-18 heading into the second.
Golden State used a 9-2 spurt in the second quarter to get within one at 34-33. The Sonics went ahead by as many as seven points after that, but the Warriors got within one again and headed to halftime trailing just 44-43.
"I think we lost our focus," Lewis said. "We went out there thinking the game was going to be easy...that we were going to put them away. But they played hard and got back into the game."
Golden State took its first lead of the game at 57-56 on Richardson's bucket inside the 3:00 mark of the third quarter. The Warriors would lead once more after that before Seattle carried a 64-61 advantage into the fourth.
Seattle forward Reggie Evans collected a game-high 17 rebounds, but didn't score in 26 minutes...Golden State guard Speedy Claxton (knee) and forward Clifford Robinson (back) missed the game...This was the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On January 14th, the SuperSonics knocked off the Warriors, 103-84, at KeyArena.
01/29 01:53:45 ET