Garnett had 24 points and 12 rebounds and finished two assists shy of his sixth triple-double of the season as the Timberwolves beat the San Antonio Spurs 101-94 in overtime Friday night. It was his 60th double-double of the season.
"We'll stay poised,'' Garnett told his teammates before overtime started. "Let's play this next five minutes. Don't take this as a negative. Let's just go out and play.''
Anthony Peeler added 23 points, including a 3-pointer early in
overtime right after Garnett's go-ahead jumper. Troy Hudson had 15
and Wally Szczerbiak scored 14 for the Timberwolves, who moved a
half-game behind Portland for the fourth playoff spot in the Western Conference and the homecourt advantage that goes with it.
"He really is shooting the ball well,'' Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said of Peeler. "He really shoots better when he gets involved with the little things like steals, rebounds and good passes. He did a great job of knocking down his shots and made some big plays down the stretch.''
Peeler led the Timberwolves in steals, grabbing four of 13 total.
Tim Duncan had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Tony Parker added 17
points and Stephen Jackson scored 15 points for the Spurs,
including the last shot in regulation -- a 3-pointer -- that sent the
game into overtime. David Robinson returned from the injured list
and had 10 rebounds, including five in the first five minutes.
"We got some good shots in the second half. Even if you are
tired, you have to make those shots. That's why we lost,'' said
Emanuel Ginobili, who came off the bench and scored 15 points for
The Timberwolves outscored the Spurs 12-5 in overtime, led by
four points each by Garnett and Hudson.
Minnesota tied it three times in the fourth quarter, including
twice on baskets by Joe Smith. His dunk with 46.2 seconds remaining
gave Minnesota its first lead, but Jackson hit a 3-pointer at the
end of regulation to send it to overtime tied at 89-89.
The Timberwolves stayed close in the fourth, when Garnett's
jumper -- to tie it at 73 -- capped an 8-4 run to start the quarter.
The Timberwolves tied it again less than a minute later on
Garnett's rebound of his own miss. But Bruce Bowen's 3-pointer
pushed the Spurs' lead to 81-77 before the Timberwolves rallied to
Duncan dominated at the start of the game, scoring all the
points in the Spurs' 10-4 run. Garnett answered with 10 points of
his own as the Timberwolves chipped at an 11-point deficit to close
within seven. Peeler added seven points, including a 3-pointer that
capped that early rally.
With the loss, the Spurs are 5-1 in overtime. ... The Spurs
activated Robinson from the injured list after he missed seven
games with lower back pain and spasms. The team placed backup
center Mengke Bateer on the injured list with left patella
tendinitis. ... This was the final meeting between the Spurs and
Timberwolves this season. Minnesota tied the season series 2-2. ...
With Friday's loss, the Spurs lost a half-game on Dallas, which was