Sunday , Mar , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

West leads Celtics over T’Wolves in 2-OT

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Delonte West poured in a career-high 31 points
— all in the second half — to lead Boston over Minnesota, 124-117, in
double overtime at TD Banknorth Garden.

West, who also dished out 10 assists and pulled down five rebounds, finished
8-of-13 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line.

Paul Pierce scored 27 points with nine boards and five helpers, while Ryan
Gomes added 21 points and 17 rebounds off the bench for the Celtics, who have
won four in a row. Al Jefferson had 20 points and grabbed 14 boards in the

Ricky Davis deposited 35 points with nine assists and Kevin Garnett recorded a
triple-double — 33 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists — for the
Timberwolves, who have dropped three straight and six of their last seven.
Troy Hudson scored 26 points in defeat.

Late in the first extra session, West converted twice from line to put Boston
up 107-104 with 14.4 seconds left, but Garnett hit a fadeaway three-pointer
with 4.5 seconds remaining to send it into another overtime.

Trailing 115-113, the Celtics netted seven straight points — capped by
Jefferson’s finger roll and free throw — for a five-point edge with 1:05 on
the clock.

On the ensuing possession, Davis drilled a jumper as the Timberwolves got
within 120-117, but West and Pierce were perfect from the charity stripe to
account for the final margin of victory.

Boston dominated the glass, outrebounding Minnesota 57-27.

After a first quarter that ended deadlocked at 20, Justin Reed’s jumper put
the Timberwolves up 43-42 at the half.

Minnesota led the entire third quarter, and went up by 10 on Davis’ dunk with
1:40 left. West, though, nailed a trey as time expired to cut the Celtics’
deficit to 74-68.

The Timberwolves stayed on top for most of the fourth, until Pierce drilled a
pair of jumpers to tie it at 81. West then added one of his own to give the
Celtics a two-point edge with 4:06 remaining.

After Hudson converted a three-point play, Gomes’ jumper sparked a 7-0 run by
Boston for a 90-85 margin. Minnesota, though, tied it at 93 when Hudson
drained a three with 9.7 seconds to play.

The Celtics had one last chance for the win, but West’s triple banked off the

Game Notes

Green ended with 16 points…The Timberwolves shot 43 percent from the floor,
while the Celtics finished 46 percent shooting…Boston improved to just 7-21
at home this season.