Joke's on the Wolves

Sonics rally past Minnesota behind Radmanovic

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- 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 three-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 121⁄2; 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 three-pointer for Minnesota, but Seattle scored the next eight points, capped by a three-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 Pota-penko 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.

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.

Notes: Mark Madsen took Griffin's place on the roster. Madsen had been out since breaking his left thumb Jan. 7 . Olowokandi hyperextended his right knee in the fourth quarter Thursday night and had an MRI Friday. Results were not available.

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