Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Friday, December 14th
Game 2: Friday, December 28th
Game 3: Sunday, February 3rd
Game 4: Tuesday, April 9th

Kings 94

(17-7, 6-6 away)

    7:00 PM ET, December 14, 2001

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 35 23 14 2294
    MIN 23 29 34 28114

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: C. Webber 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 29 Pts, 24 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Garnett sets team record; Kings without Stojakovic

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With their offense running quite smoothly Friday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves worked on their knockout punch.

    Kevin Garnett


    Minnesota's Kevin Garnett pulls down one of his franchise-record 24 rebounds Friday.

    Outscoring Sacramento by 20 in the third quarter, Minnesota won its sixth straight game -- 114-94 over the Kings.

    "We made a push and kind of grabbed the game by the throat," said coach Flip Saunders. "Good teams do that. You start thinking like a boxer. Feel out where the weaknesses might be and turn up the heat on them."

    Kevin Garnett had 29 points and a team-record 24 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves. Wally Szczerbiak scored 28 points on 13-for-16 shooting for Minnesota, including 12 in a decisive third quarter in which the Timberwolves outscored the Kings 34-14.

    "That's the mark of a real good team," Szczerbiak said.

    Minnesota outrebounded Sacramento 61-35 in a matchup of two of the top four teams in the Western Conference.

    "You get outrebounded like that -- that's the story," said the Kings' Bobby Jackson. "They get up every time they play us. We just didn't do the little things that we've done all season."

    All of the Timberwolves' wins on their current streak have been by double-digit margins.

    Chris Webber scored 26 points for Sacramento, which lost its second in a row. The Kings are 2-2 since Webber returned from a sprained ankle that kept him of Sacramento's first 20 games.

    Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento's leading scorer at 22.9 points per game, did not play because of back spasms. Hedo Turkoglu, subbing for Stojakovic, had 25 points and Doug Christie added 12.

    Szczerbiak had the fans roaring after fast-break dunks on consecutive possessions midway through the fourth quarter that put the Timberwolves up 99-83.

    Minnesota is 10-1 at home this year.

    "We can't ask for a better crowd," Szczerbiak said. "They were so loud and so excited. I was just feeding off them."

    Garnett, who also had eight assists, also played inspired.

    "I'm not a stat man, but I did notice that I only had eight rebounds in each of the last two games," Garnett said. "I wasn't too happy about it. I was trying to be aggressive, being active and trying to get my hands on every ball."

    Said Webber, a close friend of Garnett's: "I don't know what he is taking before the games, but he's got a lot of energy. He's a good friend of mine. In one way it's good to see someone do so well, but he always does well against us -- and I get tired of that."

    Terrell Brandon had 14 points and 12 assists for Minnesota.

    Sacramento went on a 16-2 spurt to finish the first period after Rasho Nesterovic's tip-in put Minnesota up 21-19 with 4:42 left in the quarter. The Wolves went 5:15 without a field goal after Nesterovic's basket and didn't lead again until a pair of free throws by Garnett put them ahead 65-64 with 8:25 remaining in the third quarter.

    Nesterovic put Minnesota ahead for good, 70-68, with a layup with 5:53 left in the third. The Timberwolves improved to 15-0 when leading after three quarters.

    Minnesota coach Flip Saunders drew a technical for protesting one of a string of three questionable foul calls against his team. After a steal by Gary Trent, Szczerbiak grabbed the loose ball and was swarmed by two defenders but was whistled for a foul, prompting an angry protest from the crowd and Saunders.

    Game notes
    Adelman said Stojakovic had been bothered by the back spasms for the past three games. "It tightened up on him," Adelman said. "Basically, he's day-to-day." ... Webber made a spectacular assist late in the second quarter, whipping a behind-the-back pass to Christie -- who caught the ball in traffic on a back-door cut to the basket and completed a reverse layup to put the Kings up 55-48. ... The Timberwolves have won 27 of their last 32 at Target Center, where Sacramento has lost eight straight. ... Garnett also had Minnesota's old single-game rebound record, 23, set at Orlando on Dec. 27, 1999.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 114
    FGM-FGA 34-86 (.395) 45-94 (.479)
    3PM-3PA 2-12 (.167) 2-9 (.222)
    FTM-FTA 24-35 (.686) 22-29 (.759)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-35 22-61
    Assists 18 32
    Turnovers 15 17
    Steals 8 9
    Blocks 5 8
    Fast Break Points 9 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 27 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 26
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 29
    Reb: 24
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2