Thursday , Mar , 22 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Timberwolves top Kings

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Randy Foye scored 24 points and dished
out four assists, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Sacramento
Kings, 95-89, at ARCO Arena.

Kevin Garnett scored 17 points, pulled down 18 rebounds and had four blocks
for Minnesota, which snapped a 11-game road losing streak and a three-game
slide overall. Ricky Davis chipped in with 14 points and seven assists, and
Mike James donated 12 points in the effort.

Mike Bibby scored a team-best 23 points for the Kings, who have lost seven of
their last eight games overall to fall 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles
Clippers for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference,
while Minnesota moved a half-game ahead of Sacramento.

“Things are tough right now but we just had to stick together and pull this
one out,” said Foye. “Everybody stayed focused on the big picture– as long as
we had more points than they did at the end, we don’t have to worry about
anything. We just stuck together and no one ever got rattled.”

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 19 points and cleared seven boards, Corliss
Williamson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Ron Artest finished with 11
points, seven boards, five assists and three steals for the Kings.

Artest played despite ongoing personal problems. Earlier in the day, he was
charged with four misdemeanors stemming from a domestic dispute at his home on
March 5.

Artest is expected to be arraigned Thursday in Placer County Superior Court on
charges of battery and corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and
dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.

With his team trailing by seven at the half, Trenton Hassell’s short jumper
pulled Minnesota within four, 54-50, at 10:02 in the third before Abdur-Rahim
netted his own jump shot at the other end. Then, after a James layup, Bibby
converted on a three-point shot to make it 59-52 in favor of the Kings.

Bibby hit another trey at 6:37 — his second of the quarter and third of the
game — to put his team up by seven, and Sacramento held the edge and led
70-63 at the end of the third.

Artest’s shot off the glass allowed the Kings to retain their seven-point
lead, 74-67, with 10:11 remaining, but the Timberwolves cut their deficit to
five on Foye’s jumper with nine minutes to play.

Minnesota continued to battle and eventually grabbed an 81-78 lead on Foye’s
dunk, followed by a Davis three at 3:33.

It was neck-and-neck down the stretch, and Bibby got the finger-roll to tie
the game for Sacramento, 87-87, with 1:35 to play. Smith responded with a tip-
in and also drained a foul shot for Minnesota, which went back on top by
three.

Foye’s jumper with 16 seconds to play gave Minnesota a five-point cushion, but
the Kings made it a one-possession game on Williamson’s layup just three
seconds later. The Timberwolves took possession and Craig Smith drew the foul,
making both of his shots from the line to seal the win. Davis also added a
free throw with 2.8 remaining.

“It’s a great feeling,” Davis said after the game. “We finally got a win on
the road. We needed to win anyway and it’s always a big win to beat
Sacramento. We were down nine points but still were getting some good shots.
That helps us a little bit. We just have to be focused and stop worrying about
the race. Obviously when you’re only one or two games out of the playoffs you
always will have a shot. I think we’re a good team to be capable of
competing.”

It was a back and forth battle at the start, with both teams trading buckets
until Garnett’s turnaround jumper put the Timberwolves out in front, 14-10.

Sacramento answered with six straight points, igniting an 18-6 run, capped by
a Justin Williams jumper with 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The
Kings led 28-22 heading to the second stanza.

The game remained close over the next 12 minutes, and John Salmons’ three-
point shot at the buzzer gave Sacramento a 48-43 lead at intermission.

Game notes

This was the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs, who
split the season series, 2-2…Minnesota won for just the sixth time in its
last 13 visits to Sacramento…The Timberwolves are 10-25 on the road this
season.

SAC MIN