SEATTLE, Feb. 25 (Ticker) --
The Northwest Division showdown between the
Seattle SuperSonics and the Minnesota Timberwolves was a
rollercoaster ride, with All-Star Ray Allen providing the
Allen scored 18 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter as the
SuperSonics recovered from an awful first half for a 98-88
victory over the Timberwolves.
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Seattle shot just 26 percent (12-of-46) from the floor in the
first half, with Allen just 2-of-9. The SuperSonics trailed
44-35 at halftime.
Latrell Sprewell's two free throws midway through the third
quarter gave innesota its largest lead at 56-42. But Rashard
Lewis and Vladimir Radmanovic combined for nine points over the
final two-plus minutes of the quarter as Seattle moved within
Allen snapped a 77-77 tie with a 3-pointer at the 6:30 mark,
giving Seattle its first lead. Kevin Garnett, who scored 31
points, tied it with a layup with 4:30 to go before Seattle
pulled away with a 9-0 burst over the next two minutes.
Radmanovic, who scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half,
started the spree with his third 3-pointer of the quarter and
Allen added a three-point play and 3-pointer to give the Sonics
a 92-83 lead with 2:51 left.
Allen made 10-of-22 shots, including 4-of-6 from the arc.
Seattle shot 73 percent (11-of-15) in the fourth quarter while
extending its lead over Minnesota in the division to 14 games in
the loss column.
The Timberwolves committed 19 turnovers leading to 21 points for