Tuesday , Apr , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bobcats edge Timberwolves

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Brevin Knight posted a team-high 24 points,
leading four players in double figures, as the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the
Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-92.

Knight added eight assists, matching teammate Raymond Felton in that
department, as the Bobcats snapped a two-game slide. Felton hit for 17 points.
Primoz Brezec and Matt Carroll each added 14 points for the Bobcats. Gerald
Wallace collected a team-best nine rebounds to make up for 3-of-11 shooting
from the floor.

The Timberwolves had their road losing streak extended to 12 in a row, tying a
franchise-record. They were paced again by Kevin Garnett who recorded his
third 20-20 game of the campaign with 24 points and a season-high 22 rebounds.
Garnett, who scored just five points in the second half, converted 8-of-21
from the floor. Ricky Davis accounted for 20 points, Trenton Hassell 13, while
Rashad McCants and Justin Reed chipped in with 10 points each in the setback.

“You have to have focus on the road and a mental toughness, that’s what we’re
trying to find,” Timberwolves head coach Dwane Casey noted about the
Timberwolves’ longest road skid since 1994.

Trailing by just three points at 93-90 with 15.5 seconds to play, Hassell had
a chance to draw Minnesota within a point, but he missed both of his
opportunities at the free throw line.

Brezec rebounded the second miss by Hassell and was quickly fouled by Garnett
with 13 seconds to play. Unlike Hassell, Brezec sank both of his foul shots
to push Charlotte ahead by five, and Felton locked up the victory with a
couple of free throws.

Although Garnett kept Minnesota competitive throughout the game, he failed to
get into an offensive rhythm in the second half.

“He had to really work for it tonight. He didn’t get anything in bundles,”
Charlotte head coach Bernie Bickerstaff remarked.

Minnesota won the battle of the boards, 46-37, but the team shot just 1-of-6
beyond the arc on the night, compared to 7-of-14 for the Bobcats.

Knight was one of five players to record at least two steals in the contest
for the Bobcats and was part of a defensive attack that forced 23 Minnesota
turnovers altogether.

“It feels good,” Knight noted, “We still need to grow and build on something.
We want to finish the season on a good note.”

Except for the hook shot that Garnett buried to close out the first quarter,
the Timberwolves had just one basket over the final 6 1/2 minutes of the
frame, leaving them with a 25-22 deficit heading into the second quarter.

Charlotte relinquished the lead quickly in the second, shooting just 1-of-12
to begin the period, but down the stretch the home team regained its composure
and eased into the break with a 53-47 edge. Carroll did most of the damage for
the Bobcats as he connected on four three-point attempts to come away with 14
points, all in the second quarter.

A late 10-4 burst by the Wolves in the third quarter put the visitors ahead by
a count of 69-68 with just under two minutes to play, with a tip-in by Reed
with six seconds to play pushed the unit up by a point at 71-70 entering the
final period.

As Garnett scored just two points in the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves
were outscored overall 20-9 down the stretch.

Game Notes

Garnett’s streak of double-doubles is the longest since Moses Malone (44) in
1984…Garnett’s 18 defensive rebounds were a season-high…Minnesota is now
just 2-11 on the road versus Eastern Conference teams this season…The
Timberwolves last lost 12 straight road games between March 26 and November 8
in 1994…The setback was the second in the last three outings for
Minnesota…Melvin Ely (flu-like symptoms) was a late scratch for the
Bobcats…Minnesota’s last road win was February 6 at Phoenix.