The SuperSonics look to maintain their momentum as they face the Utah Jazz for the third of four meetings this season.
It took two overtimes and a last-second 3-pointer from Allen for the SuperSonics to snap their season-high four-game losing streak with a 152-149 win Sunday over the Phoenix Suns.
Seattle’s win was the league’s highest-scoring game in 11 years and the third-highest point output by Seattle in franchise history. The combined 301 points are the most since the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Houston Rockets 156-147 in double overtime on April 11, 1995.
Allen, who overcame a slow start, finished with a game-high and season-best 42 points after shooting 10-for-13 from the field and 8-for-10 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter and two overtimes. In the first three quarters, the Seattle star made just 4-of-15 shots and missed on all six of his 3-point attempts.
“One thing about Ray Allen, at some point he’s going to make shots,” Sonics coach Bob Hill said. “He didn’t have a great percentage until late in the game, but I got him open.”
Allen has twice scored more than 40 points in a game against the Jazz, once with Seattle and one with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Poor defensive play has been a problem for the Sonics. In their last eight games, they have allowed all but one opponent to score 100 or more points.
“Defensively, I felt we did as good a job as we can do to keep Steve (Nash) in front of us,” Hill added. “It’s a very good win for us and I hope it’s a breakthrough win for us and that we can build from here.”
“We stayed with our game. A couple of the previous games we were terrible, but tonight we did a terrific job. We were happy, we were moving and rolling,” Kirilenko said.
Kirilenko has yet to reach double-digits in field goals made this season. He is averaging only 11.2 points in 14 career games against the Suns.
Utah, which had lost four of its last five games, held an opponent to less than 80 points for the first time in 14 games.