Friday , Nov , 05 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – November 5

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – November 5 ===

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves suffered their first loss of
the season on Thursday, as they were handed a 94-92 overtime setback at the
hands of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

Kevin Garnett finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota, which
fell to 1-1 on the young season. Trenton Hassell contributed 17 points and
Latrell Sprewell chipped in 13 in the losing effort.

The teams were tied at 92-92 with a minute to go in the extra session.

Minnesota gained possession, but Sprewell was called for charging in the lane,
which swung the arrow the other way. With 27 ticks to go, Denver pushed the
ball up the floor and Earl Boykins nailed a long shot from the left side for
the lead.

A late second shot by Garnett fell short.

The Timberwolves eliminated Denver in five games in the opening round of last
season’s playoffs. Minnesota, which made good on 45 percent of its field goals
in Thursday’s loss, is 4-12 in road openers all-time.

Minnesota will return to action on Saturday when they host the New Orleans
Hornets. The Timberwolves took both matchups against the Hornets last season
and have won three straight and six of the last seven meetings. Minny is also
10-5 all-time at home against the Hornets.

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