NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Minnesota
(Saturday, November 25th)
Final Score: Minnesota 104, LA Clippers 96
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kevin Garnett poured in 25 points and rookie Randy Foye helped key a late run in the fourth quarter to lift Minnesota past the Los Angeles Clippers, 104-96.
Garnett also pulled down 10 rebounds and Foye scored 14 of his 15 points in the final quarter for the Timberwolves, who used a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to win their third game in a row.
"It reminded me of a playoff game," said Garnett. "It was a beautiful win for us."
Ricky Davis finished with 14 points and seven assists while Mark Blount added 13 points for Minnesota, which outscored LA 35-15 in the final period.
Sam Cassell scored a game-high 31 points to go along with eight assists for the Clippers, who have yet to win a game on the road this season (0-4). Elton Brand had 21 points and 10 boards and Corey Maggette scored 18 points off the bench.
After Cassell's three pointer put the Clippers up 94-85 with just over five minutes left to play, Foye and Marko Jaric drained back-to-back treys and the Timberwolves were off and running.
Garnett then made 1-of-2 free throws and Blount's jumper tied the game at 94-94 with 3:18 remaining.
Then, after a Maggette turnover, Blount found Garnett down low for a layup that gave Minnesota its first lead of the game with 2:46 left to play.
Garnett then rejected Brand and Blount knocked down two free throws to give the Timberwolves a four-point lead. Garnett then pulled down a rebound off Maggette's failed jumper and Jaric made two from the charity stripe to give Minnesota a 100-94 lead with 1:14 left to play.
Mobley's layup finally stopped the bleeding for the Clippers, but Foye answered with a driving layup before putting an exclamation mark on the game with a dunk as time expired.
"We just came out and tried to execute coach's game plan," said Foye. "We got stops on defense and turned our defense into offense."
Led by 12 points from Cassell, the Clippers jumped out to a 26-17 lead after the first quarter. LA outscored Minnesota 31-30 in the second quarter and took 57-47 lead into the break.
The Clippers held the Timberwolves at bay in the third quarter and took a 81-69 lead into the final period.
"We did everything we had to do to win the ball game," said Cassell."(But) the game is 48 minutes, not 44 minutes."
LA was without starting center Chris Kaman, who suffered a sprained left ankle in practice on Friday...Jaric and Craig Smith each scored 12 points for Minnesota.
11/25 23:47:06 ET