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The Sonics needed both of their All-Stars at their best on Friday night, and Allen led the way with a season-high 40 points and Lewis scored 30 in a 109-101 overtime victory over New York.
"I was glad that he played tonight and to be able to stick it out like he did was great," said Allen, a five-time All-Star whose career high is 47 points.
"I know once you start playing and the adrenaline starts pumping, it's just getting it started. But sometimes it's tough getting it started."
Allen had eight points and Lewis six in overtime -- all 14 of Seattle's points in the extra session -- as the Sonics beat the Knicks for the second time in less than two weeks. Allen finished the game with six 3-pointers, including three in the fourth quarter when he had 12 points.
In his second game after missing one against Milwaukee at home Tuesday night because of a sprained right ankle, Allen played 47 minutes, one more than Lewis.
"I'm feeling a lot better," he said. "It's the same thing with me. You've just got to get it started. You walk in here and you feel locked up, but once you get started, there's no quitting."
The Northwest Division-leading Sonics, with their fifth win in a row and fourth straight at home, moved within one victory or a Minnesota loss to clinching a berth in the Western Conference playoff race. They can get that berth Saturday if the Timberwolves lose at New Jersey.
Lewis came out late in the first quarter after playing 10 minutes in a victory in Portland on Thursday night because his left knee was hurting him so badly.
"I woke up this morning with a whole different feeling," Lewis said. "You don't want to sit out just to be sitting out. I want to help my team win ballgames, that's the important thing. Me being a captain, I can't be a cheerleader on the sideline. I've got to be out there on the floor."
The Knicks dropped to 8-24 on the road.
Tim Thomas sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer for the Knicks with 9.5 seconds left in regulation.
But in the overtime, New York was only 3-for-11 from the field. Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 31 points.
Allen put the Sonics ahead with two free throws at 3:55 of the overtime after being fouled by Marbury and then made a 3-pointer with 2:01 on the clock before Lewis sank an eight-footer with 1:22 to go to give Seattle a 102-95 lead.
The Knicks missed their first seven shots in overtime before Thomas scored on an offensive rebound put-back with 1:06 to go.
"I thought it would go our way, but we didn't execute the way we should have," said Marbury, who made two meaningless baskets in the final 10.1 seconds.
With 38.8 seconds left, Malik Rose of the Knicks was whistled for a technical for kicking a hole in an ABC-TV sign at the scorer's table. After the game, Rose had calmed down.
"Ray Allen is an All-Star for a reason," he said. "You saw why tonight."
Rose said he lost his temper because of the officiating.
"It's frustrating when guards drive to the basket, get a little bump and they call a foul," he said. "It's not a consistency or anything. It's frustrating."
The Sonics led 78-70 after two free throws by Vitaly Potapenko with 8:41 left in regulation, but the Knicks went ahead 84-83 on two free throws by Malik Rose with 4:06 to go in the fourth quarter.
The Knicks had a 13-0 run in the first half and led 42-31 after two free throws by Marbury with 2:52 to go. The Sonics scored seven straight points to cut their deficit to 42-38 at halftime. New York led 69-66 after three periods.
Kurt Thomas of the Knicks and Lewis were game time decisions. Both started. Thomas missed the game against Boston in New York on Wednesday night because of a left elbow injury. ... Damien Wilkins, who scored 21 points in place of Lewis in Seattle's victory in Portland, had no points on 0-for-2 shooting in 6 minutes, all in the second quarter. ... Lenny Wilkens, who resigned as coach of the Knicks Jan. 21, was not at the game, although he lives in the Seattle area. He has been serving as a local television sports commentator and has been a spectator at the Key Arena since he left the Knicks. Wilkens was replaced by assistant Herb Williams as coach of the Knicks. ... The Sonics are 2-1 in overtime games and the Knicks 4-2.