Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Tuesday, November 23rd
Game 2: Friday, January 21st
Game 3: Friday, February 25th
Game 4: Sunday, April 17th

Timberwolves 112

(20-19, 10-11 away)

SuperSonics 107

(27-11, 15-5 home)

    Coverage: KSTC

    7:30 PM ET, January 21, 2005

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 25 37 26 24112
    SEA 18 33 25 31107

    Top Performers

    Min: W. Szczerbiak 34 Pts, 6 Reb, 8 Ast

    Sea: R. Allen 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sonics are dealt second straight loss at home

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Wally Szczerbiak scored a season-high 34 points and Kevin Garnett added 24, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 112-107 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.

    Losers of eight of their previous nine road games, the Wolves handed the Sonics their second straight loss at home.

    Latrell Sprewell played only 15 minutes and scored just two points because of a case of the flu, but Minnesota got 20 points from Troy Hudson off the bench. Hudson tied his season high.

    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).

    Ray Allen led the Sonics with 25 points, but he struggled from the floor, shooting 7-of-23. Seattle's Luke Ridnour had a career-high 19 points.

    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.<

    Game notes

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 112 107
    FGM-FGA 43-74 (.581) 39-83 (.470)
    3PM-3PA 10-17 (.588) 12-25 (.480)
    FTM-FTA 16-19 (.842) 17-22 (.773)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-34 15-35
    Assists 23 17
    Turnovers 12 6
    Steals 1 4
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 6 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 18 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 16 4

    Top Performers

    Wally Szczerbiak Szczerbiak
    Points: 34
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 25
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0