NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Seattle
(Friday, March 28th)
Final Score: Charlotte 96, Seattle 93
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Jason Richardson finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and the Charlotte Bobcats edged the Seattle SuperSonics, 96-93.
Raymond Felton had 23 points to go with six assists, while Emeka Okafor scored 19 and pulled down nine boards for Charlotte, which has won two in a row and three of four. Richardson shot just 7-of-20 from the floor, but made 6-of-10 from three-point range.
Kevin Durant led Seattle with 18 points, but missed a chance to tie the game with under 10 seconds left. Earl Watson added 16 point for the Sonics, who have lost two in a row and 13-of-14 overall.
"Our main goal is, we're young, and we just gotta stay positive and continue to play hard," Seattle's Donyell Marshall said.
A close fourth quarter boiled down to the final plays, and Durant ushered the game into the last minute with a jumper than put the Sonics ahead 91-90 with 1:10 left.
But Felton responded with a jumper of his own moments later, pushing the Bobcats ahead by a point. Seattle looked to go back ahead on its ensuing possession, but Watson committed an unforced turnover to botch it.
As he dribbled near the three-point line, he pivoted quickly to pass, but lost control and left the ball bouncing by itself on the hardwood. Gerald Wallace recovered the ball with about half a minute left, and the Bobcats held for a shot.
Felton lofted a jumpshot that was off the mark, and a Sonics rebounder got his hand on the ball, but only ended up tipping it to Charlotte's Jared Dudley. After a timeout, Felton got the ball and was fouled with 9.6 ticks left, making both to give the Bobcats a 94-91 edge.
Still, Seattle had time to set up a good look at a three-pointer, and inbounded the ball to Durant near the top of the arc. Durant barely got the ball before wheeling around to face the basket and let fly a twisting, somewhat awkward attempt with a man in his face. The ball almost dropped through, but rimmed out, and Richardson got the rebound.
After being fouled, he made both free throws to put the game out of reach.
"We got out to an early start and thought that we could put them out early," Okafor said. "They fought back and it turned into a volley. Seattle had a lot of heart in the game."
Charlotte raced out to a 38-27 lead after the first quarter, but scored just 17 points each in the second and third quarters, as Seattle climbed back in the game. At halftime, the Sonics trailed just 55-53, and Seattle took a 76-72 edge into the final stanza.
In a close fourth quarter, the greatest margin was four points until Richardson's free throws with five seconds left put Charlotte ahead 96-91.
Wallace scored 11 for Charlotte...Damien Wilkins and Marshall each scored 10 for Seattle, while Nick Collison had 12...The Bobcats shot 10-of-19 from beyond the arc, while the Sonics were just 4-of-15.
03/29 02:01:54 ET