Friday , Dec , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Sonics, Timberwolves battle at Target Center

(Sports Network) – Northwest Division rivals battle tonight, as the Minnesota
Timberwolves welcome the Seattle SuperSonics to the Target Center.

This is the first of four meetings between the teams this season. Seattle has
lost two straight after winning its last two at Minnesota. The SuperSonics
have won four of the last six contests in this series.

Minnesota attempts to bounce back from a tough loss. T.J. Ford scored a
season-high 28 points and dished out seven assists to lead the Toronto Raptors
past the Timberwolves, 100-97, on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

Kevin Garnett scored a team-high 24 points in the loss to Toronto for
Minnesota, which saw its brief two-game winning steak halted and fell two
games below the .500 mark. Mike James added 20 points and Marko Jaric scored
15 points for the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves, who have won three in a row at the Target Center, are 7-5 at
home this season. They will visit Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets on
Saturday at Continental Airlines Arena.

Seattle plays the finale of a short two-game road trip. On Thursday, All-Star
Allen Iverson poured in a game-high 44 points and dished out 10 assists to
lead the Denver Nuggets to a 112-98 thrashing of the SuperSonics at the Pepsi

Damien Wilkins scored 26 points and had five steals in the loss to Denver for
the SuperSonics, who had a two-game winning streak halted and lost for the
seventh time in nine contests overall. Luke Ridnour posted 16 points and five
assists in defeat.

All-Star guard Ray Allen did not play against Denver in order to be present
for the birth of his third child. Allen is expected to be with the team for
tonight’s contest. The Sonics are 3-7 without him this season.

The SuperSonics are 4-11 on the road this season. They return home to host the
Boston Celtics on Sunday at KeyArena.