Sonics hang on to beat Minnesota in OT, 111-108
Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Chris Wilcox added 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the Seattle SuperSonics snapped their four-game losing streak.
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Chris Wilcox added 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the Seattle SuperSonics snapped their four-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-108 in overtime on Sunday night.
Earl Watson had 15 points and Nick Collison 14 for Seattle, which opened its seven-game road trip in dramatic fashion against the worst team in the Western Conference.
Watson hit a key 3-pointer with 1:15 to play to give Seattle a 109-104 lead. Randy Foye answered with a jumper, but Al Jefferson missed two free throws with 35 seconds left. Foye added another layup and Durant iced the win with two more free throws.
Rashad McCants and Foye both missed 3s in the final seconds.
Coming off demoralizing losses to Denver and the NBA's worst team, Miami, Seattle needed this win as it embarked on its longest road trip of the season. The Sonics won for only the second time in their last 15 road games.
Jefferson led Minnesota with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while McCants had 18 points.
Durant sent the game to overtime on a driving layup in the closing seconds of regulation and Ryan Gomes missed from the corner as regulation time expired.
Jefferson, who recorded his 41st double-double, struggled to find his rhythm early, but Minnesota got a nice lift from McCants and improving rookie Corey Brewer. Brewer, who's been showing more confidence lately, went 5-for-10 from the floor for 14 points, hustled for some key turnovers and hit some timely shots to help the Wolves keep pace with Seattle as the game wore on.
Durant and Collison took turns carrying the Sonics in the first half. Durant had 11 first-quarter points while Collison went 5-for-5 for 11 in the second. Collison helped spark an 18-8 run that gave Seattle a 15-point lead.
Notes: Wolves F Marko Jaric sat out with an injured right thigh. Veteran Antoine Walker also was inactive. Walker had been seeking a contract buyout by Saturday but remained with the team. ... Wilcox blew a two-handed jam in the first quarter after Durant found him wide open on a fast break. ... Damien Wilkins nailed a corner jumper at the end of the third quarter, but replays showed time had expired and the shot was waved off. It would have given Seattle a 77-66 lead heading into the fourth.
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