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

T’wolves rally past Bobcats

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 32 points
and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Charlotte
Bobcats, 102-96.

Ricky Davis added 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the
Timberwolves, who overcame a 20-point first-half deficit to win for the fourth
time in six outings. Mark Blount tallied a season-high 21 points for
Minnesota, which used a 25-10 run during the fourth quarter to take the lead
for good.

Matt Carroll had 23 points and Raymond Felton had 22 points and nine assists
for the Bobcats, who had a two-game win streak halted. Adam Morrison had 18
points and Emeka Okafor had 12 points and 14 boards for Charlotte, which
failed to record its first three-game win streak of the season.

Down 80-68 early in the fourth quarter, Minnesota went on a 14-0 run to take
its first lead since late in the first quarter. Randy Foye had five points and
Garnett tallied four during the run, which gave the Timberwolves an 82-80 edge
with just over three minutes gone in the quarter.

Charlotte regained the lead on a Carroll three-pointer and the game went back
and forth for the next three minutes. Then, down 88-86, the Timberwolves
scored five straight points to go ahead for good. Blount’s three-point play
with just over five minutes to play gave Minnesota an 89-88 edge and Garnett
added a pair of free throws for a three-point lead.

The lead later reached five points, 99-94, but Charlotte managed to draw
within three points on a pair of Carroll free throws with 38 seconds left.
However, Garnett iced the contest with a turnaround jumper over Okafor with 16
ticks left.

Charlotte led 29-20 after one quarter and extended that lead to 51-31 with
5:06 left in the half. The Bobcats cruised into the break with a 55-47 edge
and led 78-68 going into the fourth.

Game Notes

Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace is expected to miss a week of action with a
separated right shoulder…Minnesota’s Marko Yaric missed the game with a
sprained right thumb. He will have an MRI on Tuesday…Garnett shot 12-of-18
from the field.