The Grizzlies had their 7 game winning streak snapped with a last-second basket by Ray Allen that also ruined Pau Gasol's big night. Allen made an off-balance 19-footer with 0.3 seconds left, and the Seattle SuperSonics overcame Gasol's franchise-record 44 points to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 98-97 on Tuesday night. Allen led the Sonics with 20 points and five assists, one of seven Seattle players in double figures. Johan Petro finished with 15 points and four blocks, while Rashard Lewis added 14 before being helped off the court with an ankle injury with 3:12 left. Earl Watson had 13 points and six assists for Seattle, while Wilcox and Luke Ridnour each scored 11. Mikki Moore scored 10 points and was one of three SuperSonics with seven rebounds. Jones had 16 points for Memphis, while reserve Mike Miller added 11. Gasol, who was 17-of-28 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds. The Sonics scored seven straight points midway through the final period and held an 89-86 lead with 5:21 left. But Memphis retook the lead on Gasol's runner that broke the franchise record, and back-to-back baskets by Miller. The Grizzlies held a 97-93 lead when Miller scored again on a fadeaway 15-footer with the shot clock running down and 1:07 left in the game. Allen made his own 3-pointer with the shot clock running down to cut the lead to 97-96 with 41 seconds left. When Chucky Atkins' near turnover led to a shot clock violation against Memphis with 17 seconds left, Seattle had one more chance.
"Great 'D. Better shot," Jones said of Allen's winning basket. "That's the only thing I can say about it. (He) made a heck of a shot. Got to take your hat off to that." The Grizzlies' game plan was evident early, as the offense went through Gasol from the opening tip. In the first 4 minutes, the Grizzlies forward hit his first four shots and even had an assist as Memphis built a double-digit lead. Memphis scored the game's first 10 points and Gasol had 20 in the quarter, but Seattle still held the lead behind the long-range shooting of Ridnour with help from Lewis. The SuperSonics built the lead to 12 points in the second quarter as Allen provided an offensive spark, scoring all of his 12 first-half points in the period. Seattle shot 56 percent in the half and carried a 59-49 lead into halftime. Gasol had 26 points in the half. Seattle maintained the lead until Memphis closed the third quarter with a 16-5 run, keyed by inside baskets from Gasol and 3-pointers from Jones and Bobby Jackson, to take an 80-76 lead into the final period.
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