Monday , Jan , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Garnett, Timberwolves need strong start in new year

(Sports Network) – All-Star forward Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves are not having the season they were hoping for. The Timberwolves are a disappointing 13-15 and trail the first place Utah Jazz by 7 1/2 games in the Northwest Division.

Garnett, Timberwolves need strong start in new year

Garnett leads the team in scoring (21.7 ppg) and rebounding (12.1 rpg). He has scored in double-digits in all 28 games this season and has recorded 24 double-doubles.

On Monday, the Charlotte Bobcats aim for their first three-game winning streak since last April when they host the Timberwolves in a New Year’s Day contest at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. The Timberwolves and Bobcats split a pair of meetings last season and the all-time series between the teams is knotted at two games apiece.

Minnesota has lost six of its last nine games, including Saturday’s 100-92 setback to the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena. Ricky Davis and rookie Randy Foye scored 18 points each for Minnesota, which has lost two of three overall.

Garnett scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the loss. Mark Blount added 15 points for Minnesota, which is 5-10 away from the Target Center this season.

The Timberwolves return home to for a four-game stand after Monday’s contest. They will host San Antonio, Philadelphia, Houston and the Clippers on the upcoming homestand. Minnesota is 8-5 at the Target Center this season.