NBA Game Summary - Washington at Minnesota
(Thursday, November 17th)
Final Score: Minnesota 109, Washington 98
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kevin Garnett poured in 25 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out nine assists to lead Minnesota over Washington, 109-98, at the Target Center.
"We came out with a lot of energy," Garnett said. "If you keep them under control you are able to have a chance. We knew he (Gilbert Arenas) was going to take a lot of shots so we focused in on him."
Wally Szczerbiak scored 17 and Richie Frahm chipped in 16 points off the bench for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two-game losing streak to win for the third time in five games.
Arenas led all scorers with 33 points for the Wizards, who have dropped the first two games of their three-game road trip. Caron Butler had 15 points and Brendan Haywood finished with 14 in the loss.
"It was one of those nights were I was making shots and trying to get to the bucket and get fouled," Arenas said. "I was trying to use my speed. It takes a full team effort though. We didn't put it all together tonight. We are still learning and it's early in the season. We just have to get ready to go in the next game."
In the fourth, Minnesota opened up a 10-point bulge after Washington had made it a one-point contest with a solid third stanza. After Garnett connected on a jumper to make it an 88-83 contest, Frahm scored the next five points to give the home club a comfortable advantage.
The Wizards were able to pull within eight moments later on Arenas' driving layup, but the Timberwolves proved to be too much down the stretch as they cruised to the victory.
Leading by 10 out of halftime, the Timberwolves stretched their lead to 68-53 with less than eight minutes to go in the frame on Marko Jaric's two-point bucket.
Both clubs continued to trade buckets over the next few minutes until Haywood's basket sparked a 15-3 spurt by the visiting club. Arenas netted eight points in the burst, including a pair of three-pointers to end the half for Washington to make it 79-78.
The game was tied at 26-26 after the first 12 minutes of play, but the Timberwolves were able to garner a 10-point cushion at the break.
Szczerbiak led the way for the home club with nine points in the frame.
Minnesota has now won nine of the last 11 meetings between the two clubs...The Timberwolves shot 53.5 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from beyond the arc...The Wizards were outrebounded 45-31, but shot 16-of-19 from the charity stripe...Washington, which will close its three-game road trip in New Jersey on Saturday, is now 2-2 away from home this season.
11/17 23:27:26 ET