Wednesday , Mar , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Garnett, Timberwolves knock down Nets

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 16 rebounds
as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Jersey Nets, 100-90, at the Target
Center.

Rashad McCants had a career-high 21 points and Ricky Davis contributed 20
points and nine boards for the Timberwolves, who have won two of their last
three contests.

“Tonight’s win was great. It was a win we definitely needed,” said Garnett.
“For the most part we all played together. We played aggressively. The defense
was probably what won the game for us.”

Vince Carter had a game-high 29 points and Richard Jefferson netted 25 and
also pulled down 11 rebounds for the Nets, who have lost two in a row and are
3-9 in their last 12 road games. Jason Kidd added 20 points and nine assists
in the loss, New Jersey’s fourth consecutive against Minnesota.

The Nets led 23-22 after 12 minutes of play, but the T’Wolves opened the
second quarter with a 21-7 run, highlighted by a pair of three-pointers from
McCants, to go ahead 43-30.

With the score 47-33, New Jersey reeled off a 10-2 spurt, capped by Carter’s
three-point play, to narrow the gap to 49-43.

Minnesota outscored the Nets in the second quarter, 32-22, and led 54-45 at
the break.

The Timberwolves led 60-49 on Marcus Banks’ jumper but New Jersey countered
with a 10-1 run, including treys from Carter and Kidd, to pull within 61-59.
However, Minnesota held a 72-67 lead heading into the final frame.

Kidd’s layup cut the lead to 82-77 with 3:58 to play, but the Timberwolves
took a 92-79 lead, courtesy of a 10-2 streak, capped by Garnett’s three-point
play with 1:36 remaining.

The T’Wolves drained 6-of-8 in the final 1 1/2 minutes to seal the victory.

Game Notes

Minnesota connected on 55.9 percent of its shots, while New Jersey shot 41.8
percent from the field…The Timberwolves outrebounded the Nets
44-36…Minnesota’s Justin Reed scored 14 points…The T’Wolves scored 40
points in the paint…In the last three games the Nets have been outscored
92-57 in the second quarter.

NJN MIN