Losers of eight of their previous nine road games, the Wolves
handed the Sonics their second straight loss at home.
Szczerbiak, who also came off the bench, shot 11-for-19 and set
a scoring record for a Wolves' reserve in 39 minutes. His career
high is 44 points.
The Wolves shot a season-best 50.1 percent (43-for-74).
In the fourth quarter, Szczerbiak's fast-break dunk with 7:28 to
go gave the Wolves a 100-85 lead.
The Sonics closed to within 111-107 on a layup by Allen with
1:47 left, but those were their last points. Szczerbiak had a free
throw with 15.3 seconds left.
The Wolves scored the last three baskets of the third quarter,
two by Szczerbiak, to take an 88-76 lead after the Sonics cut their
deficit to six points on a goaltending call against Garnett on an
attempt by Daniels.
Minnesota led by 11 at halftime and was ahead by 16 points in
the second quarter.<
PG Sam Cassell of Minnesota missed his eighth
consecutive game because of a strained right hamstring. The
Timberwolves don't know when he'll be able to play again. ... The
Sonics apparently aren't going to disrupt their team chemistry by
making a deal before the Feb. 24 NBA trading deadline. "I'm not
concerned about that," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said before the
game. "My focus is on the team and finishing the first half. We
haven't discussed anything." ... Szczerbiak broke the scoring
record for a Minnesota reserve of 32 points set by Gerald Glass
Dec. 23, 1990, against the Los Angeles Lakers.