Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Friday, November 2nd
Game 2: Thursday, December 6th
Game 3: Thursday, March 21st
Game 4: Wednesday, April 3rd

    7:00 PM ET, March 21, 2002

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 27 29 18 2195
    MEM 34 18 19 2293

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 25 Pts, 14 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Memphis: S. Battier 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    T-Wolves have hands full in Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Kevin Garnett scored 25 points, but it was the final four that were special.

    Kevin Garnett

    Garnett's layup and two free throws in the final 1:15 helped the Minnesota Timberwolves hold on for a 95-93 victory Thursday night over the Memphis Grizzlies.

    The two late scores by Garnett put the Timberwolves up by four points as the Grizzlies put on the pressure. Memphis got within two points with just over 30 seconds to play on a 5-footer by Pau Gasol.

    Garnett's free throws, with 34 seconds left, were the final points for Minnesota.

    "We made the plays we had to," Garnett said. "It was an ugly win but we'll take it."

    The Grizzlies brought the ball into play with six seconds left, but Jason Williams, guarded by Robert Pack, lost control to the back court for a turnover.

    "I knew he was going to put up the 3. My thing was to get up and put pressure in his face," Pack said.

    After a 10-point run, capped by two free throws by Joe Smith, the Timberwolves held an 89-80 lead with 4:41 left.

    Shane Battier, who was 12-for-15 from the field, led the Grizzlies with 28 points.

    "I think my offensive pace tonight was my best so far," Battier said. "They turned up the defense on me a little after the first half."

    The Timberwolves, led by Garnett who also had 14 rebounds, got 19 points from Chauncey Billups and 12 each from Smith and Rasho Nesterovic.

    Gasol had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Williams had 16 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies.

    Memphis led 47-33 with seven minutes to play in the second quarter, but Minnesota went on a 15-0 run to take a 48-47 advantage.

    Billups scored seven points for Minnesota during the run, in which Memphis went five minutes without scoring.

    The Timberwolves held a 56-52 lead at halftime.

    Battier, who made his first seven shots from the field, led all scorers in the first half with 18 points.

    Game notes

    The Timberwolves improved to 18-17 on the road and snapped a three-game losing streak away from home. ... Minnesota is 23-4 against the Grizzlies. The Timberwolves won their previous game at the Pyramid against the Grizzlies, 105-80 on Dec. 6. ... Brevin Knight, the Grizzlies' No. 2 point guard, sat out because of a sore foot and hip. He has missed 12 of 14 games. ... Battier was 6-for-6 in the first period, the most accurate quarter in the Grizzlies' history. ... On the video screen, Memphis previewed the team's newest bobblehead doll -- Elvis Presley in a Grizzlies uniform. The Grizzlies will give away 3,000 dolls on April 5.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 93
    FGM-FGA 39-83 (.470) 36-75 (.480)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 6-13 (.462)
    FTM-FTA 13-19 (.684) 15-20 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-38 9-44
    Assists 21 23
    Turnovers 9 17
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 3 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 19 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 25
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Shane Battier Battier
    Points: 28
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1