MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics are enjoying their
role as an underrated squad.
The only NBA team to shoot better than 40 percent from long
range, Seattle made 10 of 19 3-point attempts. It was the fifth
time this season the Sonics made at least 10 3-pointers.
Seattle is the first team to win 10 games this season, a
surprise considering no one expected the Sonics to contend in the
"We were written off before the season started," Lewis said.
"We're trying to earn some respect. I think I like it that way.
I'd rather be the underdog."
Lewis hit all four of his 3-pointers during a 31-14 run that
bridged the second and third quarters. Allen added 10 points during
that span, shaking off a cold that sidelined him for practice on
"I think everybody in our locker room believes we can win every
time we step on the floor," Daniels said.
Seattle led by double digits for all but 25 seconds of the
second half, against a team that went to the Western Conference
Finals last year.
But coach Nate McMillan is trying to keep things in perspective.
"It's a long season," he said. "I thought that tonight we
were the better team. That doesn't mean anything. It's one game."
Lewis' jumper in the lane gave Seattle an 81-61 lead and drew a
chorus of boos from the crowd, which watched the Wolves spot
another opponent a big lead.
After a 3-pointer by Troy Hudson, Lewis hit two free throws and
a turnaround jumper to give the Sonics their biggest lead.
"They started pretty hot," Garnett said. "That's what they've
been known for. That's why they've been successful."
The Wolves, now rivals with the Sonics in the new Northwest
Division, looked flat-footed on defense in the second night of
back-to-back games. They also committed 17 turnovers, leading to 24
"It's our fault for letting them get into a rhythm," Hudson
Minnesota finally showed some life in the fourth quarter. It
held Seattle to one basket over the first four minutes of the
quarter and cut the lead to 12 points on several occasions. But the
Wolves could get no closer until the game's final minute.
The Sonics shot 12-for-18 (67 percent) in the second quarter,
with Daniels continually driving the lane for layups or kicking out
to Lewis for 3-pointers. The two combined for 18 of Seattle's 37
points in the quarter.
"They play a lot like a European team," Szczerbiak said.
"They play for the 3-point shot, and when they hit them, they're
tough to beat."
Radmanovic made his first six shots. He scored 11 points in the
first quarter, making all three of his 3-point attempts as Seattle
took a 26-24 lead.
The Sonics won for just the second time in 12 tries at
Target Center since March 1998. ... Allen has scored at least 20 in
11 of 12 games this year. ... Fortson, who has at least four fouls
in every game he's played this season, had five more Tuesday and
has 51 in 10 games. He also picked up his fifth technical foul of
the season after getting tangled up with Garnett in the fourth