Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – March 3
=== Minnesota Timberwolves Team Report – March 3 ===
(Sports Network) – Minnesota’s disappointing season continued on Wednesday,
as Derek Fisher posted 23 points and nine assists to lead the Golden State
Warriors to a 99-93 victory over the Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Kevin Garnett recorded game highs with 28 points and 13 rebounds for the
Timberwolves, who have dropped three of their last four games. Troy Hudson
added 17 points and seven rebounds in the loss, while Latrell Sprewell ended
with 15 points.
The Timberwolves led 73-68 after 36 minutes, but the fourth quarter belonged
to Golden State. The Warriors opened the period with a 19-4 burst to grab an
87-77 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the contest. Golden State
hit a trio of three-pointers in the stretch, including Baron Davis’ shot from
beyond the arc that capped the burst with 4:01 left. Minnesota was able to cut
the deficit to five points on a few occasions, but could never get closer than
Minnesota committed 10 turnovers in the loss to Golden State, and outrebounded
the Warriors, 39-38. The Timberwolves shot 47.6 percent from the field,
including 31.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Garnett has scored in double-digits in all 58 of Minnesota’s games this
season. He has recorded 48 double-doubles. The reigning league MVP leads the
Timberwolves in scoring (22.1 ppg), rebounding (13.7 rpg) and assists (5.7
The Timberwolves host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday before traveling to Boston
to face the Celtics on Sunday at the FleetCenter. Minnesota, which fell 91-86
to the Bucks on February 1st at the Bradley Center, will play Milwaukee for
the final time in the 2004-05 campaign.
Minnesota will also meet the Celtics for the second and final time in the
2004-05 campaign. On February 6th, Boston knocked off the Timberwolves,
103-100, at the Target Center.
Center Michael Olowokandi (hyperextended right knee) and guard Sam Cassell
(hamstring) are questionable for Friday’s game. Both players did not play
against the Warriors. Cassell has missed 16 games this season, while
Olowokandi has been on the sidelines for 14 contests.