Timberwolves trying to make move in Western Conference race

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2005

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett had 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 89-85 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon.

Garnett struggled for the second straight game, making just 8-of-24 field goals. Sam Cassell scored 16 points off the bench to help Minnesota win its fourth straight game.

The Timberwolves point guard, hounded by injuries all season, made a 3-pointer off a Garnett pass with 2:03 left to put the Wolves up for good, 83-80, then returned the favor by feeding Garnett inside for a lay-up with 1:30 to play.

But Minnesota couldn't put the game away. Bobby Simmons' 3-pointer with 32.6 seconds left brought the Clippers within 86-83, then Minnesota's Fred Hoiberg, a 90-percent free-throw shooter, missed a pair with 17 seconds left.

Corey Maggette missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left, before Garnett iced the game with two free throws.

Minnesota moved within 2 1/2 games of Denver for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Elton Brand had 25 points to lead Los Angeles, which twice rallied from double-digit deficits.

Spurs 83, Rockets 70

SAN ANTONIO — Brent Barry hit three 3-pointers during a 21-2 run in the fourth quarter to help San Antonio rally for a win over Houston.

The Rockets, who trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, went ahead 60-55 on a 23-foot jumper by Tracy McGrady with 10:31 left in the game.

The basket was the last of the game for McGrady, who finished with 26 points.

76ers 96, Lakers 89

LOS ANGELES — Allen Iverson scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and tied his career high with 15 assists, and Philadelphia overcame his horrendous shooting performance for its third straight win.

Iverson, who entered shooting 42.1 percent and averaging 30.5 points, shot just 2-for-20 in the first three quarters and 5-of-28 overall along with 10-of-14 from the foul line.

Wizards 95, SuperSonics 94

SEATTLE — Larry Hughes scored 31 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, to lead Washington to a victory over Seattle.

The loss kept the Northwest Division-leading Sonics from clinching a playoff berth and ended their five-game winning streak.

Ray Allen scored 27 points for the SuperSonics.

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