Garnett leads Timberwolves past Kings
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett scored 37 points and grabbed
10 rebounds as Minnesota defeated Sacramento, 95-89, at the Target Center.
Trenton Hassell scored 12 points for the Timberwolves, who had previously
lost seven straight games, including every contest of a six game road trip.
“It is a Big Gorilla off our back,” said Garnett. “Obviously, we didn’t do
well on the road.”
Rashard McCants tallied 11 points off the bench for Minnesota. Mark Blount
Mike Bibby scored 35 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Kings, who
have lost two straight after winning five in a row. Kevin Martin scored 18
points, while Ron Artest had 13. Kenny Thomas added 13 rebounds.
With the scored tied, 67-67, in the fourth quarter, Justin Reed nailed a
jumper that ignited a 15-4 run for the Timberwolves that gave them a 82-71
lead with 4:55 remaining. Reed scored all six of his points during the spurt.
The Kings, though, got to within five with 2:01 left when Artest and
Brad Miller scored eight straight points, including a combined 6-of-8 from the
free throw line.
The deficit remained five with less than a minute remaining when the Kings
began to send Garnett to the free throw line.
Garnett knocked down two shots from the charity stripe to push the lead up to
seven, 90-83, with about 31 seconds left.
After Bibby converted a layup with about 24 seconds remaining, Garnett managed
to make just one of two free throws and the lead was six, 91-85.
Bibby then went to the line for the Kings, and converted both shots to bring
Sacramento within four.
Then, on the inbound pass Artest picked off an errant Ricky Davis pass and
dropped in a layup to bring the Kings within two, 91-89 with 10 seconds left.
Garnett, though, made two free throws on the Timberwolves’ next possession to
make it a two-possession game once again.
Bibby then missed a trey on Sacramento’s next possession, and Garnett made two
more free throws to ice the game.
Trailing by five in the second quarter, the Timberwolves, led by a combination
of Garnett and McCants, rolled off an 11-0 run to take a 38-32 lead with 1:42
remaining. Garnett’s two straight dunks highlighted the scoring for Minnesota.
The Timberwolves led by five at the break, 40-35.
The teams were deadlocked at 19 after one quarter.
Minnesota shot 48.1 percent from the field, while Sacramento shot 41.9
percent but just 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from beyond the arc.
“That must have been terrible to watch,” said Miller. “We should give a dollar
back to every fan.”
Miller finished with seven points and five boards for the Kings…Davis scored
nine points and dished out six assists for Minnesota…The Kings committed 27
turnovers, while the Timberwolves had 21…The Kings lost despite
outrebounding Minnesota 46-33.