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Kings lose game, Turkoglu to sprained wrist

11/28/2002

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

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.