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.

“Our identity is a defensive identity,” said Garnett. “When we get away from
that you can basically do what you want on us. When we’re locked in and
everyone is on the same page its hard to beat us.”

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.

“What they had they laid out there,” said Charlotte head coach Bernie
Bickerstaff. “When we get tired we make mistakes and there were some unforced
errors that we made. I think playing five games in seven days affected us.”

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.

MIN CHL