SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics have always been able to
find a way to beat Golden State.
Gary Payton's 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left gave Seattle a
91-88 victory Tuesday night and extended its winning streak against
the Warriors to 14 games.
Golden State has not won in Seattle since March 6, 1995, another
streak of 14 games.
"We thought we were going to come in here and win," Warriors
guard Gilbert Arenas said. "We don't come into any arena and think
we're going to lose. That is the kind of confidence that we have."
The Warriors fought back from deficits of 18 points in the first
half and 17 in the fourth quarter, but fell just short.
After Golden State tied it at 88 on a layup by Arenas with 25
seconds to play, the Sonics came through on their final possession.
Desmond Mason missed a jumper but gathered his own rebound and sent
a pass out to Payton for the game-winner.
"They left me open a few times tonight on the weak side. I took
the shot, but it fell a little short,'' Mason said. "I was able to
follow my shot and tap it to the big man's hands."
Golden State's final attempt to tie the game failed when Arenas'
jumper was off the mark with one second left.
"We were in control of the game for three quarters," Sonics
coach Nate McMillan said, "but closing games out has been trouble
for us. We seem to play tight down the stretch."
Rashard Lewis led five Sonics in double figures with 14 of his
22 points in the first half. He also pulled down a season-high 15
rebounds. It was his 10th double-double of the season.
Payton was not available for comment after the game.
"You know that Gary is one of the best point guards in the
league right now," Arenas said. "He's still kicking at 34 or 50,
I don't care how old he is. He's always going to be a danger out
there on the floor."
The Warriors, whose three-game winning streak was snapped, were
led by Arenas' 28 points _ including 16 in the fourth quarter.
Antawn Jamison scored 19, Bob Sura had 13 and Troy Murphy added
seven points and 15 rebounds.
"I think this is a game of runs," Warriors coach Eric
Musselman said. "We haven't struggled to score points in a long
time, but tonight we struggled to score points."
The Warriors shot only 37.6 percent from the field. They also
made only 18-of-33 from the free-throw line, which wasn't much
better than Seattle's 20-of-34 from the stripe.
Seattle led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter, but
Golden State stormed back in the third when Arenas and Sura scored
seven apiece. With 2:18 left in the third quarter, the Warriors
closed to 64-62 on a pair of free throws by Sura, but the Sonics
responded with a 17-2 run over the next five minutes.
James was especially active in the first quarter, which ended
with the Sonics holding a 22-20 lead. He scored eight points on
4-of-5 shooting and pulled down six rebounds.
Following a three-point play by Mike Dunleavy that cut the
Seattle lead to 34-32 with 7:22 remaining in the half, the Sonics
went on an 18-4 run for the remainder of the half and led 52-36 at
While the Warriors were struggling through their second-quarter
scoring drought, Lewis was finding his touch. He scored Seattle's
final seven points of the half, hitting a 20-footer, a short jumper
off the glass and a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left.
Warriors C Erick Dampier, who did not practice Monday
because of a sore lower back, started and scored five points in 22
minutes. ... With an 8-6 record in January and only one game
remaining in the month, the Warriors secured a winning month for
the first time since February of the 1995-96 season. ... Seattle F
Vladimir Radmanovic, who sprained his left ankle in practice on
Monday, was placed on the injured list. F Reggie Evans was
activated. ... Sonics G Brent Barry did not play because of his
lingering problem with tendinitis in his left knee. His next game
will be the 500th of his NBA career. ... Seattle has used 10
different starting lineups in the last 13 games.