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Allen's 40-point effort not enough

2/26/2004

SEATTLE (AP) -- Just like John Stockton and Karl Malone used to
do, Andrei Kirilenko produced for the Utah Jazz when it counted.

Kirilenko scored seven of Utah's nine points in overtime with
three critical baskets and the Jazz beat the Seattle SuperSonics
for the second time in two nights, 93-92 Wednesday.

The first-time All-Star from Russia hit a 3-pointer from the
corner to put the Jazz ahead 91-89 with 1:28 to go, then got an
offensive rebound after a miss by Tom Gugliotta and scored with
nine seconds on the clock.

The 22-year-old forward also scored on a tip-in after getting an
offensive rebound with 3:49 left that tied the score at 89.

"You know, I was just trying to be active," Kirilenko said.
"In the last seconds, you know every move was important. That's
how I play basketball, especially at the end of the game."

Seattle's Antonio Daniels made a 3-pointer as time expired.

The Jazz won despite a 40-point outing by Ray Allen, seven short
of his career-high and the third time he's had 40 or more points
this season. He tied a franchise high with six 3-pointers.

The Sonics fell a season-worse five games under .500.

"I accept the challenge," Allen said. "I'm trying to help
this team win and fight through all the negatives that might happen
out there on the floor."

Kirilenko finished with 24 points and Carlos Arroyo added 16 for
the Jazz, who beat the Sonics for the third straight time this
season.

Kirilenko is a lanky 6-foot-9, 225-pounder who doesn't play
skinny.

"My bones are strong," he said with a grin.

Sonics coach Nate McMillan said his team is going to have to
learn to focus on Kirilenko better, especially on offensive
rebounds.

"You can't lose him," he said. "When the shot goes up, we
need everyone in the paint to look to find him."

Rashard Lewis had 15 points for the Sonics.

Allen was fined $10,000 by the NBA Wednesday for criticizing
officials after Seattle's 94-92 loss last Friday at Golden State.

He wasn't happy with the officials after Wednesday night's game,
either. He shot nine free throws and made eight of them.

"A lot of guys were putting their hands on me," he said.
"Referees have to take notice of what's a foul and what's not a
foul."

Utah coach Jerry Sloan's teams play physical defense.

"He is just a wonderful player to have to try to deal with,"
Sloan said of Allen. "You just have to have a little bit of
luck."

The Sonics led by nine -- 74-65 -- after a 3-pointer by Allen with
1:41 gone in the final quarter before the Jazz went on a 13-0 run
that began with a 20-footer and two layups by Gordan Giricek. That
gave Utah a 78-74 lead with 5:42 remaining.

The game wound up in overtime after Arroyo made two free throws
with 32.9 seconds left to tie the score at 84 after Allen's fifth
foul. Arroyo had a chance to win the game in regulation, but missed
a short shot.

Allen's 17-point quarter, including three 3-pointers, helped the
Sonics take a 69-63 lead at the end of the third quarter. Seattle
outscored the Jazz 21-7 in the final 5:28, with Allen scoring 10 of
the points.

The Jazz led 40-36 at halftime despite missing their first nine
shots and not scoring their first basket, a 15-footer by Kirilenko,
until 6:47 was gone in the opening period.

Utah led by as many as nine points in the second quarter -- 30-21
-- after a 19-footer and a layup by Maurice Williams.

Game notes
Sonics F Reggie Evans, whose strength is rebounding,
started his fifth game of the season. Evans did not play in
Seattle's 99-86 loss Tuesday night in Utah in a game in which the
Sonics were outrebounded 46-36. Evans finished with six rebounds in
21 minutes. Seattle outrebounded the Jazz 43-41. ... The Jazz are
2-2 in overtime games and the Sonics are 1-3.