NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Minnesota
(Wednesday, April 13th)
Final Score: Minnesota 116, Golden State 100
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kevin Garnett posted a triple-double with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists as Minnesota kept its slim playoff hopes alive with a 116-100 win over Golden State at the Target Center.
Latrell Sprewell poured in a game-high 27 points to pace Minnesota, but it was overshadowed by Garnett's brilliant performance. His triple-double was his 17th of his career and his first of the season and could not have come at a better time for the Timberwolves, who desperately needed a win to stay in the playoff hunt.
Minnesota is now three games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, who dropped a 100-92 decision to Houston on Wednesday, for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Both teams have four games remaining in the regular season.
"The first quarter we came out playing like crap and we have more pride than that," said Garnett. "You get paid for 82 games so you play 82 games."
Wally Szczerbiak added 15 points and Sam Cassell chipped in 14, while Troy Hudson and Eddie Griffin each had 11 to help Minnesota end a two-game skid.
Mickael Pietrus led Golden State with 19 points. Troy Murphy added 17 and Mike Dunleavy dropped in 16 for the Warriors, who have dropped three straight.
"They just started to pull awat at the end," said Dunleavy. "They made a lot of plays and we didn't. Everybody is tired."
Minnesota, which led 30-24 after one quarter of play, attempted to gain some breathing room in the second.
Two quick free throws by Cassell to open the second pushed the Timberwolves advantage to eight, but Golden State answered with a run of its own to get back in the contest.
Pietrus' jumper capped a 11-5 spurt that pulled the Warriors within a 37-35 score with under eight minutes left in the first half. However, Minnesota was able to carry a 56-48 lead into the locker room.
Garnett paced the T-Wolves with 12 first-half points, while Pietrus netted 12 for the Warriors after the first 24 minutes.
"Everyone played well," Garnett added.
Minnesota's momentum continued in the opening stages of the third. Michael Olowokandi's jump hook staked the home team to a comfortable 70-57 lead with around eight minutes left in the third. The Timberwolves then carried a 86-77 cushion into the fourth.
Golden State, though, made one last push in the fourth quarter. A quick trey by Pietrus to start the period followed by Rodney White's bucket pulled the visitors to within 86-82.
However, Minnesota responded with an 18-8 burst to put the game away. Sprewell's uncontested layup capped the flurry and staked the T-Wolves to a commanding 104-90 advantage at the 5:04 mark of the contest. Garnett completed his triple-double by feeding Sprewell for the easy hoop.
Minnesota has won five of six and seven of its last nine home games...Golden State went 9-of-26 from beyond the arc, while the Warriors finished 6- of-10...Baron Davis and Jason Richardson each scored 10 points for Golden State...Golden State is 11-22 in games decided by 10 points or more this season.
04/14 01:51:00 ET