Thursday , Jan , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – January 15

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – January 15 ===

(Sports Network) – Sam Cassell scored 33 points, including 23 in the second
half, as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 100-93, on
Wednesday in a battle of Midwest Division heavyweights at the SBC Center.

Latrell Sprewell added 24 and Kevin Garnett contributed 22 points and 10
boards for the Timberwolves, who have won five straight games. Minnesota,
which shot 51 percent from the floor, leads the Spurs by one game for first
place in the division.

San Antonio led 68-65 after three periods, but increased the cushion to four
at 83-79 on Tony Parker’s three-pointer midway through the final stanza. The
Timberwolves, though, countered with eight straight points, culminated by
Cassell’s deep three, to seize an 87-83 edge with 4:32 remaining.

After each team scored three points, Garnett’s jumper with 2:42 left in the
game staked Minnesota to a 92-86 edge. After a turnover, Sprewell’s dunk then
widened the gap to eight points.

San Antonio closed within five at 96-91 and forced a defensive stop with 31.2
seconds left. However, Parker’s three fell short and Sprewell grabbed the
rebound where he was immediately fouled.

Sprewell made 1-of-2 from the line to make it 97-91, but Tim Duncan quickly
answered with a layup to bring the Spurs within four. Garnett then knocked
down two free throws with 19.3 seconds left, stretching the gap to six.

The Spurs had one final chance, but Hedo Turkoglu missed a three-point attempt
and Trenton Hassell grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Hassell accounted for
the final margin with one foul shot.

The Timberwolves won in San Antonio for only the seventh time in the last 29
trips.

Minnesota is off until Saturday when it visits Yao Ming and the Houston
Rockets.

MIN