Monday , Mar , 08 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – March 8

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – March 8 ===

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves dropped their second straight
game on Sunday, falling 80-77 to the Boston Celtics at the Target Center.

Kevin Garnett poured in a game-high 20 points and ripped down 14 boards, as
the Timberwolves lost their third game in their last four tries. Michael
Olowokandi also posted a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, while
Sam Cassell chipped in 13 points.

Trenton Hassell hit a baseline jumper with 10:13 remaining in the game to give
Minnesota a 64-56 advantage. But the Celtics reeled off an 11-0 run over the
next 4:16 to go on top by three.

Garnett followed by tipping in a miss on the next possession to put an end to
Boston’s burst, and the two teams traded baskets the rest of the way.

Trailing by four, Troy Hudson drained a three from the baseline with just two
ticks left on the clock to make it a one-point game. Paul Pierce was
immediately fouled on the inbounds pass and made both free throws to make it
80-77 with 1.6 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, Minnesota ran a set play for Cassell, but his three-pointer
from the top of the key at the buzzer caromed off to the left.

Minnesota, which is 2 1/2 games back of the Sacramento Kings for the top spot
in the Western Conference, will hit the road for a pair of games beginning on
Tuesday in Seattle. The T-Wolves have won three of four and eight of their
last 12 on the road and are 20-10 away from home this season.

The Timberwolves have split their two meetings with the Sonics this season and
could be at a disadvantage on Tuesday, as the home team in this series has won
10 of the last 12 meetings. Minnesota has also lost eight of its last 10 in
Seattle.

MIN