Saturday , Dec , 04 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – December 4

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – December 4 ===

(Sports Network) – A pair of streaking teams will battle each other this
evening on the West Coast, as the Los Angeles Clippers host the Minnesota
Timberwolves at the Staples Center.

The T’Wolves posted their fourth straight victory in Friday’s road victory
over the Phoenix Suns. Sam Cassell scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth
quarter, helping Minnesota earn the 97-93 victory at America West Arena.

Kevin Garnett tallied 23 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists for the
Timberwolves, who have won six of their last eight contests. Latrell Sprewell
added 22 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota, which has won five straight
against the Suns and nine of 10 in the series.

After the Suns scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to extend to
a 76-69 lead, Cassell took over and sparked a 16-3 run. The point guard scored
the game’s next six points to get the Timberwolves within three 2:48 into the
frame. Later, he capped the run with a jumper midway through the quarter for
an 85-79 lead.

Cassell later extended the Minnesota lead to 94-85 with 1:29 left on a jumper
which put the game out of reach.

Tonight’s game marks the first meeting of the season between the two teams
after Minnesota swept all four encounters last year. The T’Wolves have won
seven straight and eight of the last nine matchups. Minnesota has also taken
three in a row and four of the last five meetings in Los Angeles.