NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Minnesota
(Tuesday, March 27th)
Final Score: Seattle 114, Minnesota 106
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 them."
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.
03/27 23:24:04 ET