Rashard Lewis scored 19 points, made a turnaround jumper with 43 seconds remaining and hit two free throws with 10 seconds left, lifting the Seattle SuperSonics to a dramatic 85-81 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks last night.
The Sonics have slumped this month, opening the new year with six losses before an overtime victory Friday against Memphis. The Mavericks lost their third straight.
Peja Drobnjak scored 19 points in a rare reserve role for the Sonics, hitting 8 of 13 to break out of his three-game shooting slump. Kenny Anderson scored 13 points and made a key jumper from the left corner with 1 minute 49 seconds to play to tie it at 81.
Brent Barry scored 13 and Gary Payton had 12 for Seattle, while Lewis added 13 rebounds.
With the Sonics up 83-81, Lewis had a chance to extend the lead but missed a layup, then battled with Raef LaFrentz for the rebound. Lewis crashed into the Mavericks' bench, but officials ruled LaFrentz had touched the ball last.
Lewis was fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass and hit two free throws to put Seattle ahead 85-81 with 10 seconds left.
The Mavericks got one more opportunity. Steve Nash drove and missed a runner in the lane with four seconds to go, and Lewis grabbed the rebound.
* MAGIC 101, RAPTORS 93: Tracy McGrady had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists against his former team, leading Orlando in Toronto.
McGrady, who played three seasons in Toronto before signing with Orlando as a free agent, made 14 of 31 shots. The NBA's leading scorer was booed throughout the game.
"Thank you for booing me," he said. "You are doing me a favor really, because when they boo me like that it just gives me more motivation to play.
"I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy the boos. Keep on booing me every time I come back. Please, please, Toronto, please keep doing it."
Morris Peterson had 25 points for the injury-riddled Raptors, who have lost three straight and 15 of 17. Vince Carter missed his 21st straight game with a strained right knee.
Toronto's Lindsey Hunter acknowledged McGrady was the difference: "He is who he is. He took over the game when he had to."