Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Thursday, December 5th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 8th
Game 3: Friday, January 17th
Game 4: Sunday, February 16th

Warriors 102

(24-28, 9-17 away)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    2:30 PM ET, February 16, 2003

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 22 25 28 27102
    MIN 24 32 34 19109

    Top Performers

    GS: G. Arenas 31 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Min: K. Garnett 37 Pts, 22 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Garnett continues to state case for MVP

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- If he keeps playing like he did Sunday, Kevin Garnett just might be holding another MVP trophy at the end of the season.

    Kevin Garnett

    Garnett, the MVP of last weekend's All-Star game, had 37 points, 22 rebounds, six assists and five blocks as the Minnesota Timberwolves tied a franchise record with their 12th consecutive home victory, 109-102 over the Golden State Warriors.

    The Wolves won their sixth consecutive game and 12th in their last 14, ending the Warriors' three-game road winning streak.

    And Garnett continued to build his case for MVP, although he refuses to lobby for it off the court. He's scored 112 points and pulled down 59 rebounds in four games since the All-Star break.

    "Stats are not what it's about,'' Garnett said. "All that's important is that we win. I think it's a compliment and a credit to my hard work. But I don't want to overshadow what this team is accomplishing.''

    Minnesota, which is 22-5 at home this season, had never won 12 in a row at home in one season. Their other 12-game winning streak spread between the 1997-98 season and the lockout-shortened 1999 season.

    "We've got to defend our home court,'' Szczerbiak said. "We knew we could tie the record and now we're hoping to break it.''

    The Wolves travel to Utah and Denver before returning home Friday to play Detroit. Minnesota has won 16 of its last 20 games, and on Sunday took command with 62 percent shooting in the third quarter before holding off a late Warriors charge.

    Garnett scored 17 points and Wally Szczerbiak had 11 of his 23 points during the third quarter.

    But the Warriors shut down Garnett and Szczerbiak in the fourth quarter, holding the pair scoreless until Garnett hit two free throws with 3:03 left in the quarter.

    Golden State used a 17-4 run to pull to 102-97 with 2:03 to play. The Warriors had three possessions over the next minute but could not close the gap. Garnett iced the game with a 20-footer with 34.9 seconds remaining.

    "The difference was Kevin Garnett,'' Warriors coach Eric Musselman said.

    Gilbert Arenas led Golden State with 31 points.

    Warriors forward Antawn Jamison missed most of the second half after coming down awkwardly on his left ankle. After being helped off the floor, Jamison played just 4 minutes of the fourth quarter. He finished with six points.

    Musselman said the injury wasn't serious.

    After Golden State cut a double-digit deficit to six, Garnett hit consecutive baskets, then Szczerbiak converted a three-point play on a fast break to make it 76-63 with 4:56 left in the third quarter.

    Szczerbiak hit a 3-pointer from the left corner, then Garnett converted a three-point play with 3:17 left to give the Wolves an 84-67 lead.

    "Everyone is in a nice rhythm right now,'' Garnett said. "We're playing aggressively, and we're playing as a team.''

    Garnett had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the first half. The score was tied at 26 early in the second quarter before the Wolves went on a 27-14 run with eight players scoring.

    Game notes

    Golden State was attempting to sweep a four-game road trip for the first time since 1969. The Warriors have not won four in a row on the road since the 1993-94 season, the last time they made the playoffs. ... A rare case of offsetting, unrelated technical fouls came with 3:34 left in the second quarter. The Wolves were hit with a defensive 3-seconds call, and at the same time, referee Marc Davis gave a technical to Golden State coach Eric Musselman. The referees said that because the ball was dead at the time of Musselman's technical, no free throws would be shot. ... The Timberwolves held Organ Donor Awareness Day and raised $10,000 for former team scout and current Marquette assistant coach Trey Schwab, who suffers from an incurable lung disease called pulmonary fibrosis. Schwab, who needs a lung transplant, was introduced to the crowd before the game.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 109
    FGM-FGA 39-98 (.398) 44-91 (.484)
    3PM-3PA 6-21 (.286) 2-12 (.167)
    FTM-FTA 18-28 (.643) 19-24 (.792)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 19-50 13-53
    Assists 18 32
    Turnovers 14 18
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 6 9
    Fast Break Points 6 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (2/0) 24 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 31
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 37
    Reb: 22
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5