SEATTLE (AP) -- Vladimir Radmanovic joked before Friday's game
that he was ready to cut off his sore right wrist.
He might want to hold off on that plan.
Radmanovic had 13 of his 17 points after halftime to go with Ray
Allen's game-high 32, and the Seattle SuperSonics rallied from a
14-point second-half deficit to beat Minnesota 98-88 Friday night.
Allen scored 24 in the second half and Radmanovic found his
stroke, making three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for Seattle.
"Hopefully it'll be the old, same wrist soon," said
Radmanovic, who injured the wrist Feb. 13 against Dallas.
After trailing 65-54 late in the third quarter, Seattle
outscored the Timberwolves 48-23 over the final 14 minutes of the
game to extend its lead over the Timberwolves in the Northwest
Division to 12½ games.
"That was a good effort by the guys in white," Seattle coach
Nate McMillan said. "They kept working, they kept with the game
plan and we finally broke in the fourth quarter and were finally
able to knock down some shots."
Kevin Garnett had 31 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, his
highest point total since scoring 27 in a 93-90 loss to the Los
Angeles Lakers on Jan. 19. But Seattle's defensive rotation on
Garnett began to wear him down late in the game. Garnett had just 4
points in the fourth quarter and took only four shots.
"We're undersized right now," Garnett said. "I'm doing
whatever I can to give us an advantage."
Seattle won its third straight following the All-Star break and
snapped a two-game home losing streak. It was Minnesota's second
loss in as many nights after the Wolves fell to the Los Angeles
Clippers on Thursday.
Minnesota led by as many as 14 in the third quarter, but Seattle
outscored the Timberwolves 18-9 over a 5-minute stretch of the
third and fourth quarters to cut the lead to 74-72 with 9:16 left.
Fred Hoiberg made a 3-pointer for Minnesota, but Seattle scored
the next eight points, capped by a 3-pointer from Allen for a 80-77
lead with 6:40 left. It was Seattle's first lead of the game.
Two straight baskets from Garnett -- his only points of the
quarter -- tied the score at 83. Allen and Radmanovic scored the
next nine points for a 92-83 SuperSonics lead with 2:52 left, and
Minnesota got no closer than six.
"We knew they were going to make a run at us," Minnesota coach
Kevin McHale said. "The last 14 minutes of the game they just went
at us. We just did not respond at all."
Wally Szczerbiak scored 14 off the bench for Minnesota, which
turned the ball over 19 times, compared to just seven for Seattle.
"You just can't have 19 turnovers on the road," Garnett said.
"You can't win any game like that."
Minnesota played without forward Eddie Griffin and center
Michael Olowokandi. Griffin was placed on the injured list Friday
after breaking his left index finger against the Clippers.
Olowokandi missed the game with the flu.
Minnesota led 44-35 at halftime behind 17 points and nine
rebounds from Garnett. Seattle shot just 26 percent in the first
half and settled for many long jump shots late in the shot clock.
A 10-4 run midway through the second quarter gave Minnesota a
9-point cushion. Potapenko had 8 points in the second quarter to
keep Seattle close.
"We played in the second half the way we're supposed to play,"
^Notes@: Mark Madsen took Griffin's place on the roster. Madsen had
been out since breaking his left thumb Jan. 7 against Philadelphia.
... Olowokandi hyperextended his right knee in the fourth quarter
Thursday night and had an MRI Friday. Results were not available.
... WNBA All-Star Lauren Jackson was in attendance Friday night,
signing copies of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue she appears
in. Jackson re-signed this week with the Seattle Storm.