Coming off a loss to the worst team in the Eastern Conference, the Seattle SuperSonics face the worst in the West Sunday as they open a seven-game road trip against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It's possible the Sonics (15-43) could supplant Minnesota (12-45) at the bottom of the conference standings by the end of this road swing, considering they have won only once in their last 14 road games. They won't play at home again until facing the Timberwolves on March 14 in the season series finale.
Seattle goes into the trip having dropped four straight, including a 103-93 home loss to league-worst Miami on Friday. The Sonics blew a 10-point second-half lead to a Heat team which had lost 14 consecutive road games.
"I mean it's definitely going to be tough because we thought this was a game we could win," said Seattle's Chris Wilcox, referring to entering the road trip after such a disappointing defeat. "We've just got to stay focused and play hard for four quarters."
Wilcox scored a season-high 30 points Friday while Kevin Durant added 24. While it was a breakout game for Wilcox, who averages 13.0 points, Durant continued his run at Rookie of the Year honors and raised his season average to 19.3.
Seattle has won just twice all season in games Durant has played and scored fewer than 15 points, but both were against the Timberwolves. Though Durant's been held to a combined 19 points in those matchups, Minnesota is the only team the Sonics have beaten twice this season.
A sprained finger forced Durant to leave in the first quarter of the most recent meeting, but Seattle beat the Wolves for the fifth straight time with a 109-90 victory on Dec. 29. Wilcox has averaged 16.6 points and 10.6 rebounds during that win streak.
Minnesota, meanwhile, has lost nine of 11 and is only a half-game ahead of Miami for the NBA's worst record.
The Timberwolves were held to 39.1 percent from the field in a 92-84 loss at Cleveland on Friday.
"You're going to have games like that," Minnesota coach Randy Wittman said. "We just have to bounce back, which we will."
Al Jefferson led the Wolves with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his 40th double-double of the season, his first with Minnesota. He had 46 in his first three NBA seasons with Boston.
The Timberwolves surely would like to see more consistency from their young backcourt.
Over his final four games of February, second-year guard Randy Foye combined for 38 points and shot 15-of-26 in two of them but totaled six points on 2-of-15 shooting in the other two. Sebastian Telfair, a 22-year-old point guard who has shot 8-for-25 (32.0 percent) in his last three games, matched a season low with two assists Friday after equaling a season low with two points in his previous outing.
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