Sedale Threatt's steal and free throw with 1.8 seconds led the Seattle SuperSonics to a dramatic 100-99 victory Friday night over the San Antonio Spurs.
Threatt, who scored 19 points, made his fourth steal of the game with three seconds remaining, stripping the ball from Spurs center David Robinson, who was called for fouling Threatt as he broke for the basket. Threatt made the first free throw and the Sonics rebounded his miss for the win.Following the game, Spurs coach Larry Brown ranted and raved as he approached official Gary Benson, who had made the call on Robinson. But Brown's assistants got between him and the official, moving him toward the locker room.
The win was Seattle's fourth in a row and put them over .500 at 39-38 for the first time since they were 30-29 in early March. The Spurs, 51-26, had a four-game road winning streak snapped.
Robinson led all scorers with 24 points, added a game-high 13 rebounds and blocked five shots. Sean Elliott added 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Terry Cummings and Willie Anderson each scored 14 for the Spurs.
Seattle's Ricky Pierce scored 10 of his 21 team-high 21 points in the fourth. Benoit Benjamin added 14 and Eddie Johnson 13.
The game's scenario was that of the Spurs making a lightning run (8-0 three times) and the Sonics then slowly battling their way back.
But four points by Derrick McKey helped the Sonics break from a 73-73 tie after three to lead all of the fourth. Pierce scored nine consecutive Sonics points to give them an 86-80 lead with 7:28 left in the game.
The Spurs stayed close, however, thanks primarily to 10 points by Robinson - eight straight from the foul line - during the first six minutes of the fourth. They finally tied the score at 97-97 on David Wingate's layin off a Robinson pass with 1:42 left in the game.
The Sonics regained the lead on Johnson's 20-foot jumper after Threatt had driven the lane and kicked the ball back out. But the Spurs tied it at 99-99 when Willie Anderson hit a 10-foot jumper with 32 seconds to go.
The Spurs got the ball back with 7.1 seconds to go when Benjamin was called for an offensive foul as he tried to score over Robinson with a rebound. But the Spurs were stymied by Seattle's defense, leading to Threatt's steal.
The Sonics played one of their best defensive games of the season, blocking nine shots and stealing the ball 17 times. Shawn Kemp had three blocks, while Benjamin had four steals and two blocks. Gary Payton led both teams with five steals.
The first half was a defensive standoff, ending in a 50-50 tie. The Spurs and Robinson dominated the paint, the 7-foot-1 center getting all of his five blocks in the first half.
But the Sonics, after trailing most of the half, turned thieves near the end of it and rallied behind Threatt's 14 points. Seattle had 10 steals, six by Payton and a pair by Benjamin and Threatt.