SEATTLE – Back in his hometown, Jamal Crawford scored all of his season-high 31 points in the second half, and the New York Knicks rallied for a 104-101 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday night.
Crawford (Rainier Beach High) was 8 of 11 from the field and made 11 of 12 free throws in the second half, as the Knicks won the opener of a three-game West Coast road trip.
Rookie Channing Frye added 18 points and Stephon Marbury had 16. Nate Robinson, also a Seattle native, added 10.
Crawford’s 3-pointer with Ray Allen’s hand in his face gave him 25 points and the Knicks a 94-86 lead with 2:35 left.
Allen scored seven straight, before Crawford’s scoop shot in the lane gave the Knicks a 98-93 lead with 1:18 remaining. Vladimir Radmanovic made a 3-pointer for Seattle, but after Marbury’s miss, Allen made a bad pass on the Sonics’ next possession.
Marbury made a 23-footer with 26 seconds left. Rashard Lewis and Crawford exchanged free throws, and Radmanovic’s fifth 3-pointer got Seattle to 102-101.
Crawford made another pair of free throws and Allen missed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left.
Allen led Seattle with 23 points but continued to struggle with his shooting, going 9 of 28. The Sonics failed in their second chance this season to eclipse the .500 mark.
Knicks 104, SuperSonics 101
Percentages: FG .493, FT .733. 3-Point Goals: 5-6, .833 (Crawford 4-4, Robinson 1-1, Hardaway 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 18 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Frye 2, James, Marbury, Butler). Turnovers: 18 (Marbury 5, Rose 3, Curry 3, James 2, Crawford, Taylor, Frye, Robinson, Davis). Steals: 6 (Marbury 2, Hardaway, Ariza, Robinson, Curry). Technical Foul: Frye, 1:52 fourth.
Percentages: FG .425, FT .848. 3-Point Goals: 11-25, .440 (Radmanovic 5-7, Lewis 3-5, Allen 3-12, Ridnour 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 15 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Radmanovic 2, Allen, Murray). Turnovers: 14 (Allen 4, Ridnour 3, Lewis 2, Potapenko, Evans, Murray, Collison, Fortson). Steals: 8 (Lewis 2, Evans 2, Allen 2, Collison, Ridnour). Technical Fouls: None.
A—16,288 (17,072). T—2:32.
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