Sunday , Apr , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Banks drops 24 as Minnesota wins in OT

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Marcus Banks had 24 points, seven assists
and five rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 106-104 overtime
victory over the Golden State Warriors at the Target Center.

Kevin Garnett scored 19 points and pulled down 13 boards and Ricky Davis added
19 points for the Timberwolves, who have won three of their last four games.

Jason Richardson had a game-high 33 points and dished out six assists and
Derek Fisher added 22 points and six assists for the Warriors, who have lost
their last four games.

Regulation ended with the score at 92-92. Minnesota grabbed a 97-94 lead when
Davis connected on a free-throw to complete a three-point play with 3:03 left
in the extra session.

Adonal Foyle countered with a slam to make it 97-96 with 2:43 left, but Mark
Blount answered with a jumper to give Minnesota the three-point lead back with
2:30 to play. Mickael Pietrus made a jumper and Garnett came back with two
free throws to make the score 101-98 with 1:17 left.

On Golden State’s next touch Richardson nailed a jump shot, but Banks
calmly hit two free throws with 53 seconds remaining for a 103-100 contest.

On the Warriors next possession Richardson missed a jumper, but Minnesota
failed to increase its lead after being called for a 24-second violation.

Fisher drove the lane and put in a layup to make it 103-102 game. Golden State
immediately fouled Davis and he hit two from the charity stripe with 12
seconds to play.

Fisher then made two free throws with seven seconds left, but Davis hit one
from the line with five seconds remaining and Richardson’s desperation three-
pointer at the buzzer missed to finish the game.

Minnesota had a 72-69 lead to start the final quarter, but Golden State
started the period with a 10-4 run and had a 79-76 lead after Fisher completed
a three-point play with 9:19 left.

Monta Ellis’ three-pointer extended the Timberwolves lead to 84-79 with a
little over seven minutes remaining. But, the Warriors scored the next six
points to take a 85-84 advantage after Garnett put in two free throws with
4:09 to play.

With the score tied at 88-88, Banks put in back-to-back layups to give
Minnesota a 92-88 lead with 1:27 to play. However, after a Mike Dunleavy free
throw, Richardson made a clutch three-pointer to tie the score up at 92-92
with 44 seconds remaining.

Garnett could have gave his team the lead, but missed a jumper with 24 seconds
remaining and Fisher missed a jumper at the buzzer and the game went to

Richardson scored 16 points in the first quarter to help give the Warriors a
32-21 lead after the first 12 minutes. Minnesota, though, used a big second
quarter and closed out the first half with a 15-4 run, with Banks scoring the
last six points, and took a 54-51 lead to start the third quarter.

The Warriors scored the first 11 points to start the third quarter and had a
62-54 lead when Murphy drained a jumper a little over two minutes in. The
Timberwolves kept plugging away and on the strength of nine straight points
they eventually took a 72-69 lead into the final 12 minutes.

Game Notes

Minnesota travels to Charlotte for a contest on Tuesday…The Warriors
continue their road trip in Memphis on Tuesday…Blount finished with 16
points and 12 rebounds…Minnesota edged Golden State on the boards,
48-44…The Timberwolves hit 44.4 percent from the field, while the Warriors
connected on 41.5 percent of their shots.