Garnett’s jumper lifts T-Wolves past Sixers in OT
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett sank the game-winning
jumper as time expired in overtime to lift Minnesota over Philadelphia,
104-102 at the Target Center.
Garnett, who finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, took the
inbound pass with 3.3 seconds left, turned around and put up an easy 15-foot
fadeaway over Samuel Dalembert for the win.
Trenton Hassell scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting while Mark
Blount posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards for the
Timberwolves, who have won three in a row.
Ricky Davis also poured in 16 points and Randy Foye had 11 and dished out 10
assists in defeat.
Kyle Korver netted 25 points on 9-of-18 from the field for the Sixers, who
have dropped two straight to finish 2-5 on their seven-game road trip.
Andre Iguodala finished with 23 points and nine assists while Andre
Miller donated 18 points with 11 helpers in defeat.
In the fourth quarter, Garnett drilled a jump shot to give the Timberwolves a
92-83 advantage with 5:05 to play, but Philadelphia responded with a clutch
13-4 spurt — led by Korver’s seven points — to knot the contest at 96 and
send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, Garnett hit a jumper to put the Timberwolves up 102-100
with 1:02 left, but Dalembert’s alley-oop dunk tied it with 46 seconds
remaining before Garnett’s game-winning shot.
Ollie’s lay-in put Philadelphia up by four with 30 seconds left in the first
quarter, but Davis answered with a jumper for Minnesota to make it a 26-24
The Sixers led by as many as six at 41-35 when Willie Green drained a layup
with 6:06 left, however, Garnett’s layup cut the Timberwolves’ deficit to two
at the 30-second mark. Iguodala then converted a pair of free throws to give
Philadelphia a 52-48 halftime lead.
The game remained tight in a third quarter which featured five separate ties.
It was Minnesota, though, outscoring the Sixers and evening the contest at 74
on Blount’s jumper with 48 seconds remaining.
Minnesota shot 47 percent from the floor…Philadelphia finished 44 percent
shooting…Dalembert ended with 11 points and eight rebounds…Philadelphia
has lost seven of its last nine in Minnesota…The Timberwolves welcome
Houston on Sunday while the Sixers host Detroit on Tuesday.