Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Thursday, December 5th
Timberwolves114Final
Warriors98
Game 2: Wednesday, January 8th
Warriors95Final
Timberwolves102
Game 3: Friday, January 17th
Timberwolves98Final
Warriors107
Game 4: Sunday, February 16th
Warriors102Final
Timberwolves109

Warriors 98

(7-12, 5-6 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 5, 2002

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 33 31 18 32114
    GS 24 28 22 2498

    Top Performers

    Min: K. Garnett 21 Pts, 15 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    GS: A. Jamison 32 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Outhustled Warriors' streak ends at three games

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Since Kevin Garnett and his new teammates don't have the benefit of several seasons together, they're trying to replace experience with extra intensity.

    Garnett
    Garnett

    Garnett had 21 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped the Golden State Warriors' rare three-game winning streak with a 114-98 victory on Thursday night.

    Kendall Gill scored 19 points, Anthony Peeler added 17 and Joe Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota used a balanced attack to win in Oakland for the third straight time. Playing with an energy that the Warriors rarely matched, Minnesota jumped to an early lead and made another big late rally to put it away.

    "I don't care about missed shots or other small, intangible things,'' Garnett said. "Effort and energy is important to me. Everybody was focused tonight, and the energy was there.''

    The Wolves are winning despite the absence of injured regulars Wally Szczerbiak, Terrell Brandon and Felipe Lopez _ and Garnett's outstanding play is the biggest reason. He missed his ninth career triple-double by one assist for the second straight game, following another outstanding effort in Sacramento.

    Still, Garnett has reached double figures in both points and rebounds in 18 of Minnesota's 20 games this season, including nine in a row. While making a big effort to get his new teammates involved in the offense, Garnett has averaged nearly six assists per game this season.

    "I'm starting to understand what guys like to do,'' he said. "What shots does Kendall like? Rod (Strickland)? What does Rod like to do out of the pick-and-roll? Right now, we're flowing. We've just got to get the confidence and the consistency up.''

    Strickland had 12 points and eight assists, providing a lift at point guard after starter Troy Hudson was ineffective.

    Antawn Jamison had 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead five starters in double figures for Golden State, but the Warriors' poor defense prevented them from earning their first four-game winning streak since February 2000. Golden State had held its last nine opponents under 100 points.

    "They have great shooters, and we didn't contest them enough,'' Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. "Strickland came into the game and changed the momentum. When you get down as many points as we did, it takes a lot of energy to get back in it -- and then when we got behind again, it was too difficult.''

    Jason Richardson had 22 points for the Warriors, while Troy Murphy added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Golden State had few problems on offense, but the defensive problems presented by Garnett and the Wolves' balanced scoring -- with six players in double figures -- were too much for the young team.

    "We shot the ball and executed extremely well,'' Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "I think we controlled the tempo of the game with our defense, switching from man to zone, keeping them off balance.''

    The Timberwolves led by 14 in the first half, but Golden State opened the third quarter with a 17-4 run, taking the lead on Erick Dampier's thunderous dunk. The game remained tight until Minnesota made a 10-2 run early in the fourth quarter, then maintained a healthy lead.

    "You bring it back, and there's still a lot of game left,'' Murphy said, "but they hit a couple of shots and you start getting down. It took a lot out of us, but we shouldn't put ourselves in that position.''

    Minnesota shot better than 56 percent in the first half, using outstanding ball movement to get dozens of open shots against the Warriors' slow defense. Golden State turned up its intensity in the third quarter, whipping the Arena crowd into a frenzy several times with offensive rallies, but Peeler and Gill shot the Wolves back in front.

    Minnesota is 2-2 on a six-game road trip that continues Saturday night against the Clippers.

    Game notes


    After the game, the Warriors waived guard Dean Oliver. ... Dampier blocked five shots. ... Golden State's five-game homestand ends with games against Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Minnesota forwards Joe Smith and Marc Jackson always get booed in their former home. Smith was the No. 1 draft choice by Golden State in 1995 but played just two disappointing seasons here. Jackson was one of the NBA's top rookies with the Warriors in 2000, but got traded last season after repeatedly trying to leave and criticizing the organization.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIN
    GS
    Points 114 98
    FGM-FGA 47-91 (.516) 33-83 (.398)
    3PM-3PA 2-5 (.400) 8-23 (.348)
    FTM-FTA 18-22 (.818) 24-30 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 19-46 18-42
    Assists 31 22
    Turnovers 14 20
    Steals 9 11
    Blocks 3 9
    Fast Break Points 9 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 21 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Minnesota
    Golden State
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 21
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 32
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1