Sonics forward Rashard Lewis is expected to return to practice today in Indianapolis, according to coach Bob Hill. The 6-foot-10 Lewis hasn't...

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WASHINGTON — Sonics forward Rashard Lewis is expected to return to practice today in Indianapolis, according to coach Bob Hill.

The 6-foot-10 Lewis hasn't officially practiced since being hurt Dec. 20 against Dallas and then having surgery to repair a strained tendon sheath in his right hand.

He has missed 21 games and will not play against Indiana on Wednesday, Hill said.

Lewis is expected to see game action when the Sonics return home Saturday against Sacramento. Seattle is 7-14 without Lewis, who is second on the team with 21.9 points a game and third in rebounds at 6.8 a game.

“He's the guy we go to. We run our offense through Rashard," Hill said. "He's really the only player we have that can force a double-team in the low post. Plus, he has the experience we need right now. We just miss him. We could have used him again tonight."

 

Homecoming for Wilcox

 

Player of the game: Washington's Caron Butler scored a career-high 38 points on 14-for-23 shooting from the field and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. He also had four steals and a block for the Wizards.

Turning point: With 7:45 left in the third quarter and the Sonics leading 70-58, the Wizards went on a 17-4 run to take a 75-74 lead late in the quarter.

Next: Sonics at Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, 4 p.m., FSN

The game Monday was a homecoming for Sonics forward Chris Wilcox, a Raleigh, N.C., native who played his college basketball just 11 miles from Verizon Center at the University of Maryland.

The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Wilcox spent two years in College Park, helping the Terrapins win an NCAA championship in 2002.

Wilcox drew a nice ovation from the crowd when the starting lineups were introduced.

Later, he put on a show for the fans with four emphatic dunks, including an impressive alley-oop from guard Ray Allen with 1:24 left in the game.

“I definitely love playing in front of this crowd. The fans here have always showed me a lot of love," said Wilcox, who entered the game averaging a career-high 12.7 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. "I felt like I went out and played well. But I got in foul trouble, too, and we just couldn't get a win tonight."