SuperSonics 88, Raptors 87
Vince Carter of the Raptors missed a driving reverse layup as time expired.
The Sonics (5-1) won their fifth consecutive game after a 30-point, season-opening road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Ray Allen, who fouled out with 5:20 to go and the Sonics trailing 76-75, led his team with 29 points, including five 3-pointers.
Daniels scored 16 points in reserve, including eight in the final quarter. Rashard Lewis had 15 points, and Reggie Evans had 13 and a season-high 16 rebounds, one shy of his career total, for Seattle.
A 17-footer by Matt Bonner put Toronto ahead 87-83 with 1:16 to go before Lewis sank a 3-pointer with 1:01 left to make it 88-86.
The Raptors trailed most of the game, but Carter put them ahead 73-71 when he made a 3-pointer with 6:14 left. It was Toronto’s first lead since 7-4 in the first quarter.
The Sonics led by 13 points in the opening quarter and were ahead by 14 at halftime. But the Raptors came back in the third and scored the final seven points in the last 2 1/2 minutes to cut their deficit to 66-62.
NBA Commissioner David Stern attended the game. Stern was in Seattle to talk to civic leaders on behalf of the Sonics. Sonics principal owner Howard Schultz has said his ownership group has lost “tens of millions” of dollars since buying the franchise from The Ackerley Group in the spring of 2001. The team has a lease to play at the Key Arena through 2010. Stern said before the game that the Sonics could sell every ticket to every game this season and still lose money because of the way its lease is written. But he said he thinks “a solution” can be reached to help the Sonics’ owners.