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T-Wolves have hands full in Memphis

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

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.

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