Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/9

Game 1: Tuesday, December 9th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 28th
Game 3: Friday, February 27th
Game 4: Friday, April 9th

Warriors 81

(25-32, 7-22 away)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, February 27, 2004

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 25 20 17 1981
    MIN 27 15 26 2391

    Top Performers

    Golden State: E. Dampier 24 Pts, 19 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 24 Pts, 9 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Olowokandi keys Wolves' surge

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It took three tries, but the Minnesota Timberwolves finally found a way to beat the Golden State Warriors.

    Kevin Garnett had 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Timberwolves beat the Warriors for the first time this season, 91-81 Friday night.

    Minnesota, which has now defeated every other NBA team this season, lost to the Warriors in both previous meetings and trailed midway through the third quarter Friday.

    "They go to the glass hard, and when they shoot well -- like they have at home all season -- they can be very dangerous," Garnett said. "We slowed them down in the second half, played aggressively on offense and hit shots."

    The Wolves took the lead for good when Garnett beat Mike Dunleavy for an offensive rebound and swung the ball to Fred Hoiberg for a 3-pointer to put Minnesota up 62-59. That basket keyed a 16-4 run that erased a 57-52 Warriors lead.

    Michael Olowokandi, who missed 36 games this season after undergoing knee surgery, keyed the Wolves' third-quarter burst by making all four of his shots.

    Erick Dampier scored a season-high 24 points and had 19 rebounds for Golden State, and Jason Richardson scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half.

    "We just go out there and execute," Dampier said of his team's success against the Wolves. "We hit people when they're open and make them guard us."

    Latrell Sprewell scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a long jumper with 2:20 to play that gave the Wolves their biggest lead at 89-79.

    Sam Cassell returned to Minnesota's lineup after missing one game with ankle tendinitis and scored 15 points in 29 minutes. Troy Hudson, who scored 29 points Wednesday in Cassell's absence, had just four points but also seven assists and played most of the fourth quarter.

    "I'm Troy's biggest supporter," Cassell said. "He helps keep us afloat and at the top. For me, it's all about winning."

    Golden State learned before the game that it would be without starting point guard Speedy Claxton for a minimum of three weeks. X-rays taken Thursday confirmed that Claxton sustained a fractured metacarpal bone in his right hand Wednesday on the first play of the Warriors' victory over Memphis.

    Still, he went on to score a career-high 28 points in 37 minutes. He had started the last 29 games for the Warriors, and Golden State went 15-14 in that stretch.

    "It's kind of a downer because he's been playing so well for us," Richardson said.

    In addition, Golden State forward Calbert Cheaney missed the game with tonsillitis. Minnesota's Wally Szczerbiak sat out because of the flu.

    Dampier dominated the first half with 18 points and 11 rebounds, including six dunks. He reached a double-double, his 32nd of the season, in the game's first 15:11.

    Minnesota had an early 14-2 run to a 27-20 lead, but the Warriors scored the next nine points and led for most of the second quarter.

    Game notes

    Garnett finished one rebound short of a double-double for the second game in a row after getting a double-double in 19 straight games. ... Before the game, the Wolves honored their first coach, the late Bill Musselman. Wolves coach Flip Saunders presented Warriors coach Eric Musselman, Bill's son, with a commemorative basketball symbolizing the Wolves' 15th anniversary. ... Minnesota announced ticket prices for the 2004-05 season. Prices range from $10 (also the lowest price this season) to $400 a seat on a single-game basis.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 81 91
    FGM-FGA 32-78 (.410) 38-78 (.487)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 6-15 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 12-14 (.857) 9-15 (.600)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-39 10-42
    Assists 19 35
    Turnovers 11 9
    Steals 5 8
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 3 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 14 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Erick Dampier Dampier
    Points: 24
    Reb: 19
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 24
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1