Sonics drop a heartbreaker to Kings, 103-101
Kevin Martin scored Sacramento's final five points, including a frantic race the length of the court for a 20-footer as the clock expired, and the Kings extended the Seattle SuperSonics' franchise-record losing streak to 14 with a 103-101 victory tonight.
The Associated Press
SEATTLE -- Kevin Martin scored Sacramento's final five points, including a frantic race the length of the court for a 20-footer as the clock expired, and the Kings extended the Seattle SuperSonics' franchise-record losing streak to 14 with a 103-101 victory tonight.
Damien Wilkins pulled the Sonics even at 101-all, hitting a challenged 3-pointer over John Salmons with 6.1 seconds left. Out of timeouts, Martin raced into the frontcourt, dribbling through most of the Seattle defense and into the deep corner. He leaned under the outstretched arm of Wilkins and nailed the shot, sending the Kings bench racing toward him at the other end of the court.
Officials reviewed the call to make sure the ball left Martin's hand before the buzzer, and the Sonics remained on the court, hopeful of getting a chance at overtime and snapping their skid. But it was clear Martin got the shot off in time, concluding a frantic final few minutes.
Martin finished with 26 points, one of seven Kings in double figures. He appeared to give the Kings the lead for good with an improbable tip-in with 17 seconds left, but Sacramento needed Martin's heroics at the end.
Kevin Durant led Seattle with 19 points, but missed 15 of his 20 shots, and Wally Szczerbiak added 16. Seattle has yet to win in 2008 and didn't help its cause by missing 10 free throw attempts.
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