Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/11

Game 1: Tuesday, December 11th
Game 2: Saturday, January 19th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 26th
Game 4: Monday, April 8th

Warriors 93

(20-57, 13-25 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, April 8, 2002

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 22 24 26 28100
    GS 21 25 23 2493

    Top Performers

    Min: K. Garnett 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    GS: B. Sura 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Past statements haunt, but don't stop Szczerbiak

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Wally Szczerbiak was just saying what many Golden State fans have been thinking for years. Still, those fans let him know nobody is allowed to make fun of the Warriors except them.

    Szczerbiak, who called the Warriors' organization "a bunch of clowns" earlier this season, scored 21 points through constant boos, and Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat Golden State 100-93 Monday night.

    Golden State's loyal Oakland fans, who haven't seen a playoff game in an NBA-worst eight seasons, still booed Szczerbiak every time he touched the ball. The Warriors playfully displayed his picture on the giant video screen -- with a fuzzy wig, a clown nose and a pastel bow tie superimposed on it.

    The hazing didn't help Golden State, however. Szczerbiak hit several big baskets in the fourth quarter as the Wolves hung on.

    "The razzing didn't affect me in any way," Szczerbiak said. "You expect to get booed when you're on your opponents' home court. I really got a chuckle when they put up my picture with the clown on it. ... I think that they know I didn't mean any disrespect at all."

    All five starters scored in double figures for the Timberwolves, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Despite the early ejection of former Warriors center Marc Jackson for a flagrant foul, Minnesota increased its lead to two games over Portland for the fifth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    "There's a certain group of guys in this league that the more you razz them, the better they play," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "He's one of them. He's got a lot of respect for those (Golden State players), and he's going to go at them."

    Antawn Jamison scored 25 points for the Warriors, who dropped a half-game behind Memphis into last place in the Western Conference with their fifth defeat in seven games. Golden State has 20 victories, two more than Chicago, which beat Boston earlier Monday and has the NBA's worst record.

    Actually, a quarter of the Timberwolves' roster is reviled in Oakland. Joe Smith failed as the Warriors' No. 1 overall choice in 1993, and Jackson -- who signed an offer sheet with Houston in an attempt to flee Golden State last summer -- spent four months stewing on the Warriors before being traded in February.

    All three players were booed by the Oakland crowd, but Jackson was tossed early in the second quarter after committing a flagrant foul against Bob Sura.

    It was a strange, short return for Jackson, runner-up in rookie of the year voting last season with the Warriors. After scoring four quick points, Jackson hit Sura high, then appeared to shove Sura as he fell hard to the ground.

    After the game, Jackson went to the Warriors' locker room and shared hugs with his former teammates -- but if general manager Garry St. Jean had been there, he probably wouldn't have received any love. Jackson was furious with St. Jean's clumsy handling of his situation, and he drew a two-game suspension for speaking out earlier.

    "Bobby was a little ticked when I first tried to apologize, but he knows I wasn't trying to hurt him," Jackson said. "My coaches knew I was just playing the game, (but) when I saw it on the videotape, it did look kind of bad."

    Jason Richardson added 21 points for Oakland, and fellow rookie starter Gilbert Arenas had 15. Sura had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in a reserve role.

    Chauncey Billups had 13 points and nine assists as the Timberwolves began a four-game California road trip with their third victory in four games against the Warriors this season.

    While Szczerbiak and Garnett shouldered the scoring, Minnesota sat back in a zone defense and watched the erratic Warriors miss another series of open jumpers. It's a strategy Golden State has seen frequently in recent months.

    "Teams just tend to stay in the zone until we show that we can make some shots," Arenas said. "If we could hit a few of those shots, I think teams would come out of their zone."

    Game notes

    Smith left the game with 5:55 left after a collision under the basket. Saunders said Smith was shaken up, but otherwise fine. ... Minnesota travels to Sacramento on Tuesday before two games at Staples Center against the Lakers and the Clippers. ... Actor Delroy Lindo, who attended drama school in the Bay Area, sat at courtside. ... The Timberwolves outrebounded the Warriors 51-43, a rare occurrence for Golden State.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 93
    FGM-FGA 40-90 (.444) 37-88 (.420)
    3PM-3PA 2-7 (.286) 8-21 (.381)
    FTM-FTA 18-20 (.900) 11-15 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-51 14-43
    Assists 24 22
    Turnovers 8 11
    Steals 4 5
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 1 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/1) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 22
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Bob Sura Sura
    Points: 18
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1