Lewis leads fourth quarter rally as Sonics stun Timberwolves
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis triggered the improbable.
Down 25 points and without All-Star Ray Allen, the Seattle SuperSonics came
back and took the lead on a pair of Lewis free throws with just over one
minute left and held on for a 114-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The improbable could also be defined as historic. As the seconds ticked toward
a loss, Minnesota’s collapse went into the record books as the largest lead
turned defeat in franchise history.
It was also the polar opposite of Minnesota’s victory on Sunday against
Portland. The thrill of victory came when Kevin Garnett buried a fade away
jumper as time expired for a 94-93 win.
Tuesday night, Lewis scored 21 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter when
Seattle outscored Minnesota 35-12. The Sonics moved within six games of the
idle Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff
spot, while Minnesota dropped four games behind.
Minnesota experienced futility from the field in the final period, going the
last 6:37 without a field goal. Randy Foye’s jumper, the last Timberwolves
bucket, gave the club a 104-89 lead.
Lewis then scored eight straight points sandwiched around one Garnett free
throw. The Seattle star’s running jumper pulled the Sonics within 105-97.
Chris Wilcox then converted a slam, and after a Ricky Davis free throw, Lewis
scored four more in a row capped by two free throws for a 106-103 game with
1:56 to play.
Wilcox finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, while guard Earl Watson
donated 24 points, including five treys, off the bench.
The Maryland product Wilcox threw home another slam then Lewis drained two
free throws to give Seattle the 107-106 lead with 1:07 left. It never looked
back from there.
Davis led the Timberwolves with 21 points and eight assists while Garnett
recorded 20 points, 12 points and nine assists. Mark Blount finished with 15
points and six rebounds in the devastating loss.
“We made our beds,” said Garnett of the loss. “So, we are going to lay in
Minnesota led 36-27 after one stanza and 71-52 at the half.
Trenton Hassell’s jumper with 5:56 left in the third stanza gave Minnesota an
88-63 edge. Seattle responded with seven consecutive points, and it cut the
deficit to 94-79 at the end of three periods.
The game featured just four ties and one lead change — when Lewis drained the
two free throws with 1:07 left…Seattle won three of four meetings in the
season series…The Sonics improved to just 9-25 on the road, while Minnesota
fell to 20-14 at home…Allen is out for the season with bone spurs in his
left ankle…Attendance 15,120.