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Martin lowers a Sonic boom

SEATTLE -- Kevin Martin stood with his hand in the air, teammates racing toward him to celebrate, after he joined Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady in adding to the Seattle SuperSonics' misery with late-game theatrics.

The Sonics' record-setting 14th straight loss, thanks to Martin, might be the most painful, and there is no end to the skid in sight.

Martin scored Sacramento's final five points, including a frantic race the length of the court for a 20-footer as the clock expired, and the Kings extended Seattle's losing ways Sunday night with a 103-101 win.

"They all (stink), all 14 of them," Seattle's Damien Wilkins said. "There are no moral victories. We worked too hard for that. We're trying to win."

It was the third time during the Sonics' franchise-worst losing streak that Seattle watched someone take over the waning seconds to prolong their woeful season. Bryant did it with an overtime game-winner a couple of weeks back, and McGrady returned to his old form last week to rally Houston from a late deficit.

Sunday night was Martin's turn, capping his 26-point night with the game-winner. After Wilkins pulled Seattle even on a challenged 3-pointer over John Salmons with 6.1 seconds left, Sacramento opted not to call its last timeout. Instead, Martin took the inbound pass, dribbled through traffic and into the deep corner.

With Wilkins' arms outstretched, Martin leaned in and swished the jumper, giving the Kings their first road win against a Western Conference team this season.

Officials reviewed the call to make sure the ball left Martin's hand before the buzzer, and the Sonics remained on the court, hopeful of getting a chance at overtime and snapping their skid.

But it was clear Martin got the shot off in time, concluding a wild final few minutes.

"The one-hander ... I think I closed my eyes on that one," Martin said.

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