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Wolves end 11-game winless streak in California

1/20/2002

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Terrell Brandon made the most of his limited minutes in his return from knee surgery.

Brandon made four free throws in the final 20 seconds, and Kevin Garnett scored 21 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a
105-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Brandon, who underwent arthroscopic surgery Dec. 20 to remove loose particles in his left knee and missed 16 games, finished with eight points and four assists as the Timberwolves won for the 13th time in 15 games.

"I thought Terrell got about the right amount of minutes," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I wasn't worried about his layoff when it came to shooting free throws. He is one of the best free-throw shooters in the league. He always has confidence at the line."

Brandon was perfect on six shots from the line.

"I told Flip that there is a reason why I am leading the league
in free throws," Brandon said. "There is a time when you come in
cold, but you have to forget about that and shoot them with
confidence."

Minnesota snapped an 11-game losing streak in California. Ending that futility streak was part of Saunders' pregame agenda.

"Flip let us know about it, he lets us know every time we come to California," Anthony Peeler said. "We put pressure on ourselves to win this one."

The Timberwolves shot 40 percent and were outrebounded 47-39.

"They have a star in Kevin Garnett and guys like Terrell
Brandon and Wally (Szczerbiak)," Golden State's Jason Richardson
said. "We tried to win, but we came up against a great team."

Chauncey Billups scored 21 points, and Szczerbiak added 20 for
the Timberwolves, who shot 34-for-40 from the line.

"When you're the home team and the other team shoots 20 more
free throws than you, I don't think that's right," Warriors coach
Brian Winters said. "I haven't seen that happen this year, and I
have a problem with that."

Bobby Sura had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists for
the Warriors, who have lost nine of their last 10 games. Antawn
Jamison finished with 23 points and seven assists. Erick Dampier
scored 12 points, and Danny Fortson had 11 points and 13 rebounds.<

With Minnesota lead by a point, Garnett made a baseline jumper
with the shot clock running down, giving the Timberwolves a 95-92
lead with 1:47 remaining.

Minnesota led by at least three points the rest of the way.

Sura helped rally the Warriors from a 10-point deficit to within
77-75 by the start of the fourth quarter. He scored seven points
and started a 12-4 run in the final 3:57.

Game notes
The Timberwolves haven't lost two games in a row since
mid-December. ... Golden State shot 56 percent in the opening half.
... Brandon entered the game in the second quarter and, just 21
seconds later, made his first shot, an 18-foot jumper.