Wednesday , Jan , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Timberwolves, Garnett try to stay hot in Boston

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves try to extend their winning
streak to four games this evening when they wrap up a brief two-game road trip
against the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.

On Monday, Kevin Garnett poured in 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, to lead
Minnesota past New York, 96-90, at Madison Square Garden. Wally Szczerbiak
also had 24 points and pulled down eight boards for the Timberwolves, who had
lost three in a row prior to their winning streak.

Troy Hudson contributed 16 points in the win.

Garnett has been a huge factor in the Timberwolves recent success, as he is
averaging 27.7 points, 15.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in the last three games.
He was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday for
his efforts.

The Timberwolves, who will return home for three games after tonight’s affair,
are 6-11 away from home this season.

Boston, meanwhile, comes in on a sour note after falling to the Detroit
Pistons, 94-84, on Monday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Paul Pierce had 21 points and seven rebounds while David West posted 20 points
and seven boards for the Celtics, who have dropped five of their past six
contests.

However, after a season-high 33-point performance against the Philadelphia
76ers on Friday, Ricky Davis missed all eight of his shots and was held
scoreless for the first time this season.

Boston, which will close a brief two-game homestand against the New Jersey
Nets on Friday, is 10-8 in its arena this season.

The Celtics split their two matchups with the T-Wolves last season and have
won five seven and six of the last nine meetings. Minnesota, though, has won
six of its last seven in Beantown.

BOS MIN