Monday , Jan , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – January 24

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – January 24 ===

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves take aim at their first three-
game winning streak since posting five straight victories bridging November
and December, as they host the reeling Detroit Pistons on Monday at the Target
Center.

The Pistons defeated the Timberwolves, 93-85, at The Palace of Auburn Hills on
November 17th. In fact, the home team has won seven of the last eight meetings
overall in this series. Nonetheless, Minnesota has won 11 of the last 14
meetings, including seven in a row at the Target Center.

Minnesota won the final two of its recent three-game road trip, including a
92-83 victory over Portland at the Rose Garden on Saturday. Fred Hoiberg had
13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Timberwolves get the
win.

Wally Szczerbiak led Minnesota with 18 points, while Kevin Garnett added 14
points and a game-high 16 rebounds. The Timberwolves have won two straight
after losing five of seven. Garnett was the lone starter in double figures for
the Timberwolves.

Latrell Sprewell played 22 minutes and shot 2-for-7. Sprewell has been slowed
by the flu as of late. Meanwhile, point guard Sam Cassell missed his ninth
consecutive game because of a strained right hamstring. Cassell isn’t likely
to play this evening.

Garnett is averaging 20.2 points and 14.2 rebounds in his last 10 contests. He
has recorded 20 double-doubles in his last 22 games and ha registered 38 on
the season. The NBA’s reigning MVP, Garnett leads the Timberwolves in scoring
(23.0 ppg), rebounding (14.6 rpg) and assists (6.1 apg) and has scored in
double-digits in all 40 of Minnesota’s games.

Minnesota, which is just 10-8 at home this season, has lost three of four and
five of its last seven home games. The Timberwolves play four in a row and
seven of their next eight at the Target Center.

The Timberwolves host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, the Utah Jazz on Friday
and the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

MIN