Tuesday , Feb , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – February 15

=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – February 15 ===

(Sports Network) – Minnesota’s interim head coach Kevin McHale will try once
again for his first victory on Tuesday, when he leads the Timberwolves against
the New Jersey Nets at the Target Center.

Minnesota general manager Glen Taylor chose to fire longtime coach Flip
Saunders on Saturday, replacing him with McHale, who is the Timberwolves’ vice
president of basketball operations. The Timberwolves lost their first game
under McHale on Sunday, falling 87-83 to the Chicago Bulls at the Target
Center.

Latrell Sprewell led the Timberwolves with a game-high 26 points on 11-of-25
shooting in the loss. Kevin Garnett, who entered Sunday’s game two points shy
of 15,000 for his career, reached the milestone on his first attempt from the
field at the 11:12 mark in the first quarter.

He surpassed the plateau a little more than a minute later with a dunk. He
finished the game with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Garnett became just the 12th
player in NBA history to have at least 15,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 3,000
assists.

The Timberwolves shot 40 percent from the field, including 4-of-10 (.400) from
three-point range. Minnesota also drained 7-of-9 (.778) from the free throw
line. The T’Wolves were outrebounded, 47-46, in the losing effort.

Sam Cassell missed his third consecutive game due to a strained hamstring.
Cassell is questionable for the game against New Jersey.

Minnesota, which is in the middle of a three-game homestand, is 14-13 in its
friendly confines this season. The Timberwolves, who have lost eight of their
last 13 home games, will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on
Thursday in their final game before the All-Star break.

Sprewell has scored in double-digits in five of his last six games. The 34-
year-old veteran has averaged 13 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his
last 10 contests.

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