T-Wolves rally to beat Nets
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett scored 32 points and pulled
down 14 rebounds as Minnesota used a dominant fourth quarter to vanquish New
Jersey, 109-98, at the Target Center.
Ricky Davis added 17 points for the streaking Timberwolves, who have won six
of their last seven games. Rookie Randy Foye contributed 16 points and six
assists off the bench while Mark Blount had 15 points and seven boards.
“I just grinded it out for 48 minutes and did the things I know I can do and
the things I have to do,” said Garnett.”
Jason Kidd tallied 24 points and dished out 13 assists for the Nets, who lost
their fourth straight game in Minneapolis. Vince Carter also scored 24 points
and Richard Jefferson finished with 16.
“It’s hard when you give up a 37-point fourth quarter,” said Nets coach
Lawrence Frank. “We had so many defensive breakdowns and it gets magnified
when you aren’t getting any stops.”
The Timberwolves entered the fourth quarter down by five points but blitzed
the Nets in the stanza to win going way. Minnesota quickly deadlocked things
at 77 in the first minute of the frame with a Trenton Hassell three-point play
and a Blount jumper.
The ‘Wolves continued to pull away from there. A pair of Garnett free throws
capped a 18-8 burst to give Minnesota a double-digit cushion, 95-85, with 4:21
The Nets never seriously threatened from there as the Timberwolves coasted to
the finish line.
The Nets took a 24-19 advantage after the opening 12 minutes and continued to
lead, 48-46, at intermission.
The game remained close in the third quarter but the Nets continued to play
frontrunner and led 77-72 entering the final frame.
This was the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On
December 30th, Richard Jefferson scored 23 points and Mikki Moore was a
perfect 9-for-9 from the field for 20 points as the Nets beat Minnesota,
100-92, at Continental Airlines Arena…New Jersey is now just 5-10 on the
road this season…The Timberwolves are 12-6 at home this season.