Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/22

Game 1: Saturday, November 22nd
Game 2: Sunday, December 7th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 10th
Game 4: Saturday, March 27th

Clippers 94

(6-10, 4-5 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    12:30 PM ET, December 7, 2003

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 29 18 21 2896
    LAC 24 29 22 1994

    Top Performers

    Min: K. Garnett 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 Blk

    LAC: C. Maggette 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Timberwolves rally from 15-point deficit

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers made two major mistakes as time wound down against the Minnesota Timberwolves: They left Sam Cassell wide open and talked trash to Kevin Garnett.

    Those errors cost the Clippers dearly.

    Cassell scored 15 points in the final 6:44, and Garnett made a 20-foot jumper as time expired to give the Timberwolves a dramatic 96-94 comeback victory Sunday, capping a most successful road trip.

    Garnett's shot from the left wing over Elton Brand capped a fourth quarter rally by the Timberwolves, who trailed 83-68 with just over eight minutes remaining.

    "I got a pretty good look," Garnett said. "I looked at Sam (Cassell), Sam had (Marko) Jaric all over him. I just waved him off. I went to a move -- made it.

    "I just told myself to get my eyes up. I just did."

    Garnett made two free throws with 1:10 to play and Cassell scored on a runner in the lane with 30.4 seconds left to tie the game at 94.

    Corey Maggette then missed a short jumper, Minnesota's Fred Hoiberg got the rebound and the Timberwolves called a timeout with 5.8 seconds remaining to set the stage for Garnett's game-winner.

    Latrell Sprewell had 27 points for the Timberwolves (12-8), who completed a five-game road trip with a 4-1 record. Garnett had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Cassell finished with 24 points and 10 assists.

    Maggette had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers (6-10), who lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

    Jaric added a season-high 18 points and Quentin Richardson had 14 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which lost despite outrebounding Minnesota 49-30.

    Brand, playing his second game since returning to action after missing five weeks due to a broken right foot, had 13 points and eight rebounds, but shot just 4-of-15.

    "It was a great shot, a tough shot. He was almost at the 3-point line," Brand said of Garnett's winner. "But we should have never gotten to that situation. We should have had this one."

    Garnett said the entire Clippers team was trash-talking, "including the coach."

    "It was cool. We won the game, I'm not going to get into specifics," Garnett said.

    "It was regular basketball stuff, competition," Richardson said. "It wasn't getting tough, it was just competition."

    With Cassell leading the way, the Timberwolves outscored the Clippers 28-11 to finish the game.

    "We just hung around," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "We've won four of five on this trip because we haven't lost our composure."

    The Clippers scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter -- four by Richardson -- to take their 15-point lead.

    But the Timberwolves stormed back, scoring 11 consecutive points in less than two minutes to draw within four. A 3-pointer by Sprewell capped the run.

    Maggette scored with 1:23 left to give Los Angeles a 94-90 lead, but the Clippers wouldn't score again.

    The Clippers led 75-68 entering the final period. By that time, all five Los Angeles starters had scored in double figures.

    Maggette had 11 points as the Clippers outscored the Timberwolves 23-10 to start the second quarter for a 47-39 lead. Los Angeles led 53-47 at halftime.

    Game notes

    The Timberwolves played without C Michael Olowokandi (sore right knee) and F Mark Madsen (back spasms). ... Clippers F Chris Wilcox missed his third game due to a strained left groin, but coach Mike Dunleavy said he expects Wilcox to play Tuesday night at Sacramento. ... Olowokandi and Madsen made their return to Staples Center for the first time since joining the Timberwolves. Olowokandi played for the Clippers for the past five years and Madsen for the Lakers for the last three. ... Olowokandi admitted disappointment at not being able to play, but said he has no ill will against his former team. "When they're playing us, I'm rooting for us. When they're playing anybody else, I'm rooting for them," he said. ... Madsen has missed six games, but says he hopes to return this week. ... Clippers G Doug Overton was ejected with 7:31 remaining for committing a flagrant foul on Hoiberg.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 94
    FGM-FGA 40-83 (.482) 33-76 (.434)
    3PM-3PA 2-8 (.250) 5-9 (.556)
    FTM-FTA 14-16 (.875) 23-30 (.767)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-30 19-49
    Assists 26 19
    Turnovers 15 21
    Steals 15 9
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 6 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 20 (1/1)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 24
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 4
    Corey Maggette Maggette
    Points: 26
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0