Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 1/22

Game 1: Wednesday, January 22nd
Game 2: Tuesday, March 4th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 2nd
Game 4: Wednesday, April 9th

SuperSonics 100

(39-39, 24-16 home)

    7:00 PM ET, April 9, 2003

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 24 22 24 2292
    SEA 19 25 24 32100

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 29 Pts, 18 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Seattle: R. Allen 33 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Sonics not quite out, T-Wolves fail to gain on Blazers

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Ray Allen and the Seattle SuperSonics are doing everything they can in a desperate bid to make the playoffs.

    Ray Allen
    Shooting Guard
    Seattle SuperSonics
    71 22.4 5.1 4.3 .438 .912

    Allen scored 33 points on 10-of-18 shooting and Rashard Lewis added 19 points as Seattle stubbornly stayed alive for a playoff berth with a 100-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

    "Nothing to leave on the court, even if you're tired,'' Allen said. "We'll have plenty of rest this summer.''

    Vladimir Radmanovic scored 12 points and Kevin Ollie added 10 as the Sonics remained three games behind the Phoenix Suns for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    "They have that spot and it's up to them to lose it,'' Seattle coach Nate McMillan said.

    Kevin Garnett had 29 points and 18 rebounds and Wally Szczerbiak added 26 points, but Minnesota, jockeying with Portland for playoff positioning, failed to capitalize on San Antonio's 84-79 defeat of the Trail Blazers.

    "We've got to win games like this,'': Szczerbiak said. "You've got to give Seattle credit. They played hard, but we made a lot of mental mistakes.''

    The Timberwolves, averaging 13 turnovers a game, committed nine of their 18 giveaways in the fourth quarter, leading to 33 points for the Sonics.

    "Part of our ability to have success is our ability to not beat ourselves,'' Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "When you give up 33 points on turnovers -- 18 turnovers -- that means they're scoring almost every time you turn it over. We beat ourselves.''

    Minnesota is 4-24 in Seattle, losing in eight of the last nine visits.

    "They're a pretty good team, and any time you play on a good team's home court, it's never easy,'' Szczerbiak said. "And they played really well tonight.''

    The Sonics closed with a 6-2 burst after Minnesota pulled to 92-90 when Garnett swished a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 1:03 to play. Seattle hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final 55.6 seconds to seal the win.

    "Prime-time players perform in pressure situations,'' Allen said. "That's what we have to develop. This team has guys who can do more than make shots.''

    The Sonics face long odds to reach the postseason. They open a three-game Texas road trip Friday night in San Antonio, then stop in Houston and Dallas before closing the regular season at home against Phoenix.

    "We definitely need a sweep,'' McMillan said. "Anything can happen.''

    Troy Hudson scored 13 points and Rasho Nesterovic had 11 for Minnesota. But Hudson blamed himself for the loss after committing four of his eight turnovers in the final period.

    "It was just no confidence, especially on my part,'' Hudson said. "I'd catch the ball and just throw it instead of just breaking my man down and keep the ball in my hands. That's definitely the reason we lost.''

    McMillan said before tipoff he didn't want to play from behind against the composed Timberwolves, and the Sonics kept things manageable by closing a 68-61 deficit with a 7-3 burst to end the third quarter.

    Minnesota extended it with jumpers by Szczerbiak and Garnett before the Sonics rallied. Allen made two free throws and a 3-pointer and Radmanovic's jumper put Seattle ahead 78-76 with 7:31 to go.

    Game notes
    Allen went to the dressing room late in the first quarter with a strained hamstring but returned to the bench two minutes into the second period. ... Minnesota G Rod Strickland, out 32 of the last 33 games with a strained groin, could be activated from the injured list for Friday's home game against the L.A. Clippers. ... Seattle, which lost 107-85 in Sacramento on Tuesday night, is 15-23 in back-to-back sets, including 6-13 in the first game and 9-10 in the second. ... Wolves G Anthony Peeler was whistled for a technical foul by referee Bennett Salvatore for protesting a call late in the first half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 100
    FGM-FGA 40-82 (.488) 35-76 (.461)
    3PM-3PA 2-6 (.333) 7-20 (.350)
    FTM-FTA 10-12 (.833) 23-27 (.852)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-39 11-36
    Assists 21 21
    Turnovers 18 16
    Steals 6 12
    Blocks 7 5
    Fast Break Points 6 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 29
    Reb: 18
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 33
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0