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Radmanovic, Allen help tarnish Nuggets in OT

3/22/2003

SEATTLE (AP) -- If the Seattle SuperSonics have any hope of making the playoffs, someone has to share the scoring burden with Ray Allen.

Vladimir Radmanovic did his part with 17 points, including a
3-pointer with 1:14 to go in overtime, to help lead the SuperSonics
to a 101-99 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

"I just wanted to do something more than I usually do,''
Radmanovic said. "Rashard (Lewis) didn't have a good night and
somebody had to step up.''

Radmanovic's shot gave the Sonics a 100-97 lead.

"I think Vlade is a big moment player,'' Sonics coach Nate
McMillan said. "He wants to be the guy that has the ball late in
the game and take the big shot.''

Denver cut the lead to 100-99 on two free throws by Juwan
Howard, and that set up a strange ending.

With 2.4 seconds left in overtime, Brent Barry attempted to pass
the ball inbounds so Seattle could run out the clock. As Barry
looked for an open teammate, Denver's Nene Hilario was called for a
delay-of-game penalty for leaning over the inbounds line -- sending
Allen to the line and clinching the win.

"That call was the second time that happened to us,'' Denver's
Marcus Camby said. "We're not getting any respect. It should have
been 5 seconds, but I don't know what Nene did.''

Allen scored 38 points to lead the Sonics, with 27 coming in the
second half. Allen hit 7-of-10 3-pointers.

"You have to tip your hit to Ray Allen,'' Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "He made some big-time shots. He made those 3s and kind of stuck the dagger in our back.''

Seattle shot 46.8 percent from the field and was 12-of-23 on
3-point attempts.

The Sonics desperately needed the win to keep their slim playoff
hopes alive. They remain four games behind Houston and Phoenix for
the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Shammond Williams scored 22 points, Howard 20 and Rodney White
19 for Denver (14-55), which lost for the 18th time in 20 games.

Each team had a chance to win in regulation. With the score tied
at 91 and 25 seconds left, Denver attempted to run down the clock
and take the last shot. Radmanovic tipped a pass from Howard, and
Allen snared the ball and the Sonics called a timeout with 9.1
seconds left.

After the timeout, the Sonics weren't able to get a good shot as
Radmanovic's 3-point attempt at the buzzer was wide left.

Allen hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Seattle the lead
91-87 with 1:30 to play in regulation. White made a 3-pointer for
the Nuggets with 38 seconds left to tie it at 91.

The Nuggets, who are an NBA-worst 4-32 on the road, made eight
of their first nine shots to take a late 15-2 lead. The Sonics
didn't quit, however, rallying with a 16-7 run of their own to end
the first quarter trailing only 22-18.

The teams exchanged leads throughout with neither ever taking a
double-digit advantage.

Game notes
The Sonics lead the season series with the Nuggets 3-1,
including a 92-84 victory in Denver last Sunday. ... The Nuggets
have the second-worst record in the league. ... Denver is 4-32 on
the road, but the Nuggets are 3-7 on the road against Pacific
Division teams. ... Denver is last in the NBA in scoring at 83
points per game.