Monday , Mar , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – March 1

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – March 1 ===

(Sports Network) – The Timberwolves came out flat Sunday night and it showed,
as they dropped an 81-74 decision to the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers at the
Wachovia Center.

Minnesota got game-highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds from Kevin Garnett. Sam
Cassell added 13 points for the Timberwolves, who had a three-game win streak
snapped and lost for just the third time in their last 20 games overall.

Garnett has scored in double digits in all 60 of Minnesota’s games this season
and has played 40 or more minutes in 16 of the Timberwolves’ last 25 contests

The T’Wolves trailed most of the game, but got even at 71-71 with four-plus
minutes remaining on a Garnett shot in the lane. However, Garnett didn’t touch
the ball again until a desperation three-pointer in the final seconds.

“Quite frankly, we played like an AAU team,” said Timberwolves head coach Flip
Saunders. “We’ve got the MVP of the league [and when] we come down the
stretch, we have plays called (and) he doesn’t touch the ball (in) the last 2
1/2 minutes in the paint. You’re just asking to get beat.”

The Sixers played without Iverson and Glenn Robinson. Iverson has missed the
past four games with a shoulder injury and Robinson has been sidelined for two
contests with an injured elbow.

Minnesota will try to get back on the winning track Wednesday against Dallas
at the Target Center. The T’Wolves have lost two of three this season to the
Mavericks. However, Minnesota has won three of four and four of its last six
home tilts versus Dallas.