Garnett scores 24 as Timberwolves down Kings
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett posted 24 points and 12
rebounds, as the Minnesota Timberwolves downed the Sacramento Kings, 92-83, at
the Target Center to begin the 2006-07 season for both clubs.
Troy Hudson scored 15 points for the Timberwolves, who finished the 2005-06
season with a disappointing 33-49 record and failed to qualify for the
playoffs for the second straight season. Trenton Hassell added 13 points.
“Troy [Hudson] had a phenomenal game,” Garnett said. “For the most part
everybody came out with a lot of energy.”
Kevin Martin scored 23 points for the Kings, who finished last season with a
44-38 record and returned to the postseason for the eighth straight year. Ron
Artest posted 16 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which played
its first game under former Golden State coach Eric Musselman.
“The turnovers hurt us down the stretch,” Musselman said. “From a rebounding
standpoint, I thought our guys worked the glass really well. We took care of
Mike Bibby, who had been sidelined after tests on an injured thumb revealed he
has a mallet thumb, was a late addition to the starting lineup and contributed
16 points and five boards.
Trailing by three points, Minnesota went on a 19-6 run capped by four straight
free throws by Garnett with 2:52 remaining in the fourth. The play occurred
after Bibby got a pair of technical fouls and was ejected from the game. The
Kings outscored Minnesota by just one point thereafter for the final margin.
Minnesota took an early lead, after a 13-4 run capped by a pair of Hassell
layups with 3:06 remaining in the first, and led 23-16 heading into the
The Kings outscored Minnesota by five points in the second to trail, 43-41, at
halftime. Sacramento continued to control the game through the third,
outscoring the Wolves by four points, to hold a two-point advantage heading
into the fourth. The Kings went on a 12-2 spurt midway through the third
capped by a Martin three-pointer.
Minnesota overcame 21 turnovers by holding Sacramento to 36 percent shooting.
Garnett and Maurice Taylor received double technical fouls after an
altercation with 25.6 seconds to go in the third quarter. Taylor got ejected
seconds later after another confrontation with Garnett on the other end of the
floor…Minnesota won two of three from the Kings last season. Sacramento has
lost six of its last nine at the Timberwolves…Sacramento has lost three
straight season-openers, while the Timberwolves have won seven in a row.