Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Wednesday, November 27th
Kings74Final
Timberwolves90
Game 2: Tuesday, December 3rd
Timberwolves86Final
Kings98
Game 3: Friday, January 10th
Kings109Final
OT
Timberwolves115
Game 4: Wednesday, March 5th
Timberwolves95Final
OT
Kings96

Kings 74

(12-5, 5-5 away)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, November 27, 2002

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

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    SAC 10 28 19 1774
    MIN 29 14 27 2090

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: C. Webber 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 20 Pts, 13 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl

    Kings lose game, Turkoglu to sprained wrist

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It's taking some time, but Kevin Garnett thinks the Minnesota Timberwolves are starting to develop a killer instinct.

    Kevin Garnett
    Garnett

    Garnett scored 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season as the Timberwolves snapped the Sacramento Kings' six-game winning streak with a 90-74 victory Wednesday night.

    "We have a younger team,'' Garnett said. "A lot of the guys don't have the cutthroat, the step-on-the-throat attitude yet. But we're getting there.''

    Gary Trent added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Rasho Nesterovic had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolves, who won for the fourth time in five games. The win was also Minnesota's second in nine games against teams with winning records.

    Chris Webber had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento, which has lost nine of its last 10 in Minnesota. Vlade Divac added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    "Everybody hasn't blended together yet,'' said Kendall Gill, who had 15 points. "I can't wait to see what it's like when everybody's together.''

    The Kings, already depleted by injuries to Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovic, got more bad news Wednesday. Hedo Turkoglu sprained his right wrist in the second quarter and could miss up to two weeks.

    "It seems like we get more short-handed every time we turn around,'' Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said.

    Turkoglu was injured when he drove the lane and landed hard on his right arm after colliding with Wolves forward Joe Smith with 10:42 left in the second. He was taken to a hospital for X-rays, which were negative. Turkoglu is averaging 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in just over 25 minutes a game.

    "I'm tired to seeing our players hurt,'' Webber said. "I really believe it's going to work out for the best in the long run. I think we've won every game this year on toughness.''

    The injury appeared to give the Kings a brief burst of energy. After falling behind by as many as 19 in the first quarter, they rallied to trail just 43-38 at halftime.

    Gill scored five points in a 15-4 run to start the second quarter, helping the Wolves regain control with a 58-44 lead. Sacramento couldn't pare the lead down to single digits the rest of the way.

    "A good team's going to make a run,'' said Troy Hudson, who had 13 points. "The best thing we did was that we kept our composure and matched their run and came out and had a good third quarter.''

    Gill scored 10 points as the Wolves jumped out to a 29-10 lead after one quarter. But the Kings got six points from Keon Clark in a 19-2 run that made it 35-31 with 4:30 left in the half.

    Game notes


    Stojakovic, suffering from plantar fasciitis in his right heel, sat out his third straight game. ... The Kings were the only Western Conference team to win a season series against the Timberwolves in 2001-02, taking three of four games. ... Minnesota G Wally Szczerbiak is scheduled to return from the injured list for Friday night's game at Utah, but coach Flip Saunders said Szczerbiak is not likely to play on the pending six-game road trip. Szczerbiak has played in just four of Minnesota's 16 games due to knee and toe injuries. ... The Kings scored just 10 points in the first quarter, their worst offensive quarter of the season. It was also Minnesota's best defensive quarter.

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