Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/12

Game 1: Saturday, January 12th
Game 2: Monday, January 21st

Wizards 101

(19-19, 10-11 away)

    Coverage: WBDC

    5:00 PM ET, January 21, 2002

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 26 27 26 22101
    MIN 28 28 27 22105

    Top Performers

    Washington: M. Jordan 29 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jordan scores game-high 29, but Wiz fall

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- On a night when many of their fans showed up to see the opposing team's best player, the Minnesota Timberwolves offered more reasons why they're one of the NBA's best teams.

    Terrell Brandon, back from a knee injury, had 17 points off the bench.

    Kevin Garnett had 23 points and nine assists to offset Michael Jordan's 29 points and lead Minnesota to a 105-101 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday.

    "We just really tried to play together," said Anthony Peeler, who scored 14 points in a reserve role. "We don't have anybody who plays with anger or anything. Everybody loves the game on this team, and it shows."

    The Midwest Division-leading Timberwolves (30-10) won for the 14th time in 16 games and improved to 18-2 at home.

    "In the first half, Michael was able to go off on them a little," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "They just kept running fresh bodies at him, and they make him work so hard. They just wore him down. We've got some injuries, and that puts so much pressure on Michael."

    Jordan had 22 points in the first half, temporarily bouncing back from a poor shooting performance in Chicago on Saturday. But Jordan, who totaled 26 points on 11-for-35 shooting in his last two games, was 2-for-15 from the field in the second half.

    "In the fourth quarter, I just kind of lost my rhythm," Jordan said. "I was tired, but I had some good looks and the shots didn't fall. I missed some easy shots -- shots I should've made."

    Still, the Timberwolves had plenty of praise for Jordan after their first and only home game against the Wizards this year.

    "I'm glad I didn't have to guard him," Peeler said.

    Added Joe Smith: "He's got so many tricks. I don't think he's slowed down. He carried his team in the first half."

    Chris Whitney scored 16 points for the Wizards, who have lost five of six.

    Minnesota's Terrell Brandon, in his second game back after missing the previous 16 with a knee injury, scored 17 points in 23 minutes as a reserve.

    Wally Szczerbiak added 19 points for the Timberwolves.

    "They are one of the elite teams in the West," Jordan said. "It's how well they bond together in big games. They certainly can make a run."

    Washington, which averaged 72 points in its last two games, faded in the second half, shooting 14-for-45 in the last two quarters.

    Neither team led by more than five until Brandon's jumper at the start of the fourth quarter gave Minnesota an 85-79 advantage, a lead it never relinquished.

    The Timberwolves went on a late 13-6 run late in the first half and led 56-51 lead with 1:19 left. A vintage fadeaway jumper by Jordan just before the buzzer cut Minnesota's lead to three at the break.

    The Wizards' offense came primarily from their frontcourt early in the game. Popeye Jones and Jahidi White scored Washington's first 11 points, and Jordan missed his first four shots -- the first two were airballs.

    But Jordan warmed up, hitting 10 of his next 15 shots. Minnesota wore him down, though, in the second half.

    "They've got guys who can hurt you in a number of different positions," Collins said. "They play for those little spurts. They wait and hang with you until you go through a stretch where you miss four or five shots and they put 20 on you."

    Game notes
    Jordan scored 64 points in two games against Minnesota. ... The overflow crowd of 20,320 was the largest ever at Target Center. ... Minnesota played a home game on Martin Luther King Day for the seventh time in eight seasons. ... Wizards coach Doug Collins said guard/forward Richard Hamilton probably won't be back until the first week of February. Hamilton, Washington's only player other than Jordan who averages more than 10 points, has missed 13 games with an injured right groin muscle. ... Jordan said he's still planning to play next year. "If my body holds up, I'll be there," he said after the Wizards' shootaround Monday morning.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 105
    FGM-FGA 38-88 (.432) 39-74 (.527)
    3PM-3PA 7-15 (.467) 6-20 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 18-22 (.818) 21-25 (.840)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-39 6-35
    Assists 21 30
    Turnovers 9 9
    Steals 2 5
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 0 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 18 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Michael Jordan Jordan
    Points: 29
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1