NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Seattle
(Tuesday, January 29th)
Final Score: Seattle 88, San Antonio 85
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant stepped into the spotlight with the go-ahead jumper with 32.6 seconds to go, and Luke Ridnour added a pair of free throws later, as Seattle snapped a team-record 14-game losing streak with an 88-85 victory over San Antonio.
Durant's final two points proved huge for the SuperSonics, who won for the first time in 2008. The Texas product scored 26 points with seven rebounds and five assists, Chris Wilcox scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Nick Collison joined the double-double club with 14 points and 10 boards.
"We took care of the ball," said Seattle head coach P.J. Carlesimo. "I thought Kevin (Durant) played a great game, made some shots."
Wilcox's turnaround jumper with 55.8 ticks to go found nothing but net, giving Seattle an 84-82 lead. Manu Ginobili answered with a three off a high ball screen to push the Spurs back on top.
Ginobili, pushed into the starting lineup with Tony Parker sitting this one out thanks to a nagging bone spur, led the way with 29 points and Tim Duncan totaled 27 points and 12 rebounds.
"Obviously they finished the game better than we did," said Duncan. "It's a 48-minute game, and we had our chances to lead and secure the win and we did not."
Durant answered Ginobili's three with his 16-footer from the left elbow and Francisco Oberto, who reached double figures with 12 points, couldn't convert inside. Ridnour drained a pair from the stripe, but San Antonio still had a chance to force overtime.
The ball found Ginobili's left hand, but the sharpshooter misfired with four ticks to play and the batted ball went out off San Antonio to hand Seattle the long-awaited win.
The Spurs have lost three straight while in the midst of a season-long nine- game road trip.
San Antonio slipped to a 26-25 lead after 12 minutes and a 48-46 edge at the half.
For the third straight period, the Spurs scored one more point and took a 66-63 advantage into the final period.
Seattle quickly claimed the edge with six straight capped by Johan Petro's bucket with 8:40 remaining. San Antonio went in front by six points at 77-71 on Duncan's jumper with 4:42 to go, but an 11-4 stretch gave Seattle the lead again with Kurt Thomas' bucket for an 82-81 game.
Thomas scored 10 points with six rebounds...Seattle surrendered a season-low 85 points...San Antonio had won six straight in the series and three in a row at Seattle prior to the contest...Seattle didn't miss a free throw (13-of-13 on the contest)...The SuperSonics took care of the basketball, committing just six turnovers...Attendance 13,295.
01/30 01:26:22 ET