NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Memphis
(Monday, December 18th)
Final Score: Memphis 134, Seattle 126 (2OT)
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Mike Miller scored a team-high 29 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists as the Memphis Grizzlies held on to beat the SuperSonics, 134-126, in the second overtime at FedExForum.
Seattle turned the ball over 22 times in the contest, leading to 31 Memphis points. Two of those bad turnovers decided the game in the final session.
Chucky Atkins came off the bench and scored 28 points as Memphis snapped a six-game slide and had six players in double figures. Rudy Gay donated 17 points, while Damon Stoudamire was the only Memphis player to not have at least one point in the effort.
Rashard Lewis scored 36 points and had 14 rebounds, but was one of the main reasons why Seattle ended its five-game road trip without a victory. Lewis had a chance to put the game away in the first overtime, but missed on a second free throw attempt with just four seconds remaining before Atkins hit a miracle three-point shot from close to mid-court to send the game into the second extra session.
Luke Ridnour netted 22 points and had 10 assists, while Earl Watson scored 17 points in a losing effort for Seattle.
Trailing 96-93 with 3:17 remaining in regulation, the Sonics cut their deficit to one as Chris Wilcox netted a tip shot and drew a foul at 2:46. He followed by bouncing a free throw off the rim, and both teams traded missed shots down the stretch.
Lewis' layup gave the SuperSonics a 97-96 lead with 37 ticks left, before Atkins buried a three-point shot with 17.2 seconds remaining. A huge put-back by Lewis tied things up, 99-99, to send the game into overtime.
Seattle went to work in the extra session, jumping on top 104-99 after Nick Collison and Ridnour hit back-to-back layups and Lewis followed with a free throw.
Miller answered with a trey at the other end, but Gay made just one of two from the charity stripe before Johan Petro's basket gave the SuperSonics a five-point cushion.
The back-and-forth battle continued, with Seattle holding a 114-112 lead with just twelve seconds remaining. However, Lewis missed his second free throw attempt and Atkins' trey beat the buzzer to make it 115-115.
The swing went the other way in the second OT, as a pair of turnovers by Ridnour proved costly.
Gay's reverse dunk and a pair of free throws gave Memphis a six-point lead, 126-120, with 1:33 on the clock.
Seattle pulled within five, 128-123, with 40 seconds remaining, but made just one more shot and couldn't stop the clock as the Grizzlies held on the rest of the way.
The Sonics shot 48 percent in the contest, to the Grizzlies 51 percent.
Pau Gasol scored eight of the Grizzlies' first nine points in the contest, using a finger roll, a layup, two free throws, and a dunk to put Memphis in front early on as part of a 12-0 run.
The Grizzlies held a 16-8 lead before Seattle reversed its fortunes with their own 13-4 burst, as they grabbed a 21-20 lead with 2:49 left in the first quarter and closed out the first 20 minutes with a 26-25 advantage.
The SuperSonics watched a seven-point lead evaporate in the second quarter and carried a 52-50 lead into the break. They also led 84-79 heading into the final stanza.
Seattle won the battle of the boards, 44-40...The Grizzlies improved to 4-7 at home this season...Memphis won three of its four games against Seattle last season.
12/18 23:49:05 ET