NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Seattle
(Friday, November 24th)
Final Score: Sacramento 109, Seattle 100
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Kevin Martin posted a career-high 35 points, as the Sacramento Kings rolled to a 109-100 win over the Seattle SuperSonics at Key Arena.
Mike Bibby added 19 points and six assists and Kenny Thomas contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who shot 51 percent from the field, and snapped a three-game losing streak.
"You know when you get hot, so you just keep feeding off your teammates," said Martin on his big night.
Rashard Lewis hit 11-of-18 shots from the floor to post a team-high 26 points for the Sonics, who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.
Luke Ridnour added 20 points and eight assists, Ray Allen poured in 18, and Chris Wilcox scored 15 and grabbed 13 rebounds in a losing cause.
Sacramento bolted to a 12-4 lead early in the first, and both teams went neck- and-neck the rest of the way, with Seattle taking a 34-32 lead after one quarter on a Wilcox slam-dunk.
The Sonics faltered a bit in the second, letting the Kings rip off a 15-6 run to take a 47-40 advantage with 5:38 left. Seattle re-established itself down the stretch to take a three-point lead with under a minute remaining, but John Salmons hit two shots in the final 30 seconds to put the Kings up by one, 53-52 at the half.
In the third, Sacramento began to pull away. Corliss Williamson's open jumper from 18 feet gave the Kings their biggest lead to that point, 75-65, with 4:40 remaining. Seattle hung in but could only knock the deficit down to seven at the end of three, 82-75, on a pair of Nick Collison free throws.
Sacramento put the game out of reach, courtesy of a 15-4 run to open the fourth quarter. It was a 96-79 game with 6:20 left on a Williamson layup, and from there, the Sonics could not whittle the deficit below double-digits for the remainder of the contest until Earl Watson's uncontested three-ball with one second on the clock provided the final score.
"Losing is frustrating," Allen said. "I don�t care who was in or who was out (for Sacramento) because it�s frustrating losing the game knowing we had control of the game the first two quarters, but we put ourselves in situations where we kind of gave it away."
Sacramento has won four straight and five of six in the overall series dating back to April, 2005...Seattle is 2-4 at home this season...The Kings were without the services of forward Ron Artest...Seattle out-rebounded Sacramento, 40-38, but committed 20 turnovers to 17 for the Kings.
11/25 01:59:15 ET