Garnett leads Minnesota to easy win over Bobcats
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett had 19 points to lead five
Timberwolves in double figures, as Minnesota defeated the Charlotte Bobcats,
102-89, at the Target Center.
Garnett added 11 rebounds to tally a double-double for Minnesota, which has
won two straight games.
Michael Olowokandi scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards while Wally
Szczerbiak contributed 15 points in the victory.
Minnesota’s Rashad McCants scored 11 points off the bench in his North
Carolina reunion with former teammates Raymond Felton and Sean May.
Felton led the Bobcats with 15 points and dished out five assists while May
scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds. Emeka Okafor tallied 11 points
and grabbed 10 boards for the Bobcats, who lost road games on back-to-back
Charlotte shot just 37 percent from the floor but did connect on 28-of-32 from
the charity stripe. The Timberwolves shot 52 percent from the floor, which was
aided by their ability to get into the paint. They held a massive 46-18 edge
in the lane.
Minnesota led throughout the opening 12 minutes and took a 23-20 advantage
into the second period behind 50 percent shooting from the floor.
Behind Szczerbiak’s 12 points, the Timberwolves led 45-38 at the break.
Kareem Rush and Brevin Knight paced the Bobcats with eight points each, and
the team took advantage of its trips to the foul line (11-of-12).
The Charlotte offense was stagnant in the early part of the third quarter and
Minnesota took a double-digit lead.
Mark Madsen’s layup off a pass from Marko Jaric increased the lead to eight,
then a Garnett slam in transition extended the lead to 49-39.
Charlotte went more than eight minutes without a field goal before it
connected on three straight jumpers, two from May, to cut the lead to 51-45.
Moments later, Troy Hudson’s three-pointer from the left wing capped a 10-2
spurt and gave Minnesota a 65-51 lead. The Timberwolves held a 74-61 edge
after three quarters.
The lead increased to 80-61 behind the scoring of Olowokandi. He first hit a
jumper in the lane, then showed his range on consecutive mid-range jumpers,
the last coming with 9:45 remaining in the game.
Minnesota led by double-digits the rest of the way.
This was the first meeting between the two teams this season, and they split
the two games last season…Rush scored 13 points and Knight led three Bobcats
with 10 points in the loss…Hudson scored 13 points for the