Regular Season Series (Game 3 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 88

(27-29, 11-16 away)

SuperSonics 98

(38-15, 20-8 home)

7:30 PM ET, February 25, 2005

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 21 23 25 1988
SEA 16 19 29 3498

Top Performers

Min: K. Garnett 31 Pts, 14 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Sea: R. Allen 32 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Seattle rallies from 14-point deficit; KG has 31 and 14

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."

Rashard Lewis added 16 for Seattle and Vitaly Potapenko had 10 off the bench.

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," Allen said.< ^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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 88 98
FGM-FGA 31-65 (.477) 33-84 (.393)
3PM-3PA 5-8 (.625) 9-21 (.429)
FTM-FTA 21-27 (.778) 23-28 (.821)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-41 14-40
Assists 19 18
Turnovers 19 7
Steals 2 8
Blocks 3 1
Fast Break Points 14 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (2/0) 24 (0/0)
Largest Lead 14 12

Top Performers

Kevin Garnett Garnett
Points: 31
Reb: 14
Ast: 4
Stl: 1
Blk: 2
Ray Allen Allen
Points: 32
Reb: 4
Ast: 6
Stl: 3
Blk: 1