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Wolves continue to win out west

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2003

LOS ANGELES 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.

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.''

Grizzlies 93, Trail Blazers 79

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Bonzi Wells scored 16 points against his former Portland teammates, helping the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Trail Blazers 93-79 on Sunday.

Pau Gasol had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Mike Miller also scored 17 points for Memphis, which acquired Wells last week in a trade with Portland.

Zach Randolph led Portland with 29 points and 13 rebounds.

Raptors 108, SuperSonics 98

TORONTO Vince Carter scored 30 points and Chris Bosh had 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Toronto to its fourth straight victory.

Jalen Rose added 18 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who improved to 4-0 since acquiring Rose, Donyell Marshal and Lonny Baxter from Chicago. Rashard Lewis and Vladimir Radmanovic each had 20 points for the SuperSonics, who have lost six of nine.

Kings 91, Pacers 88

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Brad Miller had 18 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in his first game against his former team and Sacramento got back on track at home.

Miller, a 7-foot All-Star center, had his second triple-double of the season. He was acquired from the Pacers in July.

Peja Stojakovic had 27 points and five rebounds and Mike Bibby added 14 points for the Kings, who led by 16 in the third quarter.

Jermaine O'Neal had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Indiana.

Celtics 116, Nuggets 111

DENVER Paul Pierce had 33 points and 10 assists and Eric Williams added a season-high 21 points for Boston.

Pierce was 12-of-22 from the field and had seven rebounds to help Boston end a four-game losing streak.

Reserve Rodney White had 23 points and Voshon Lenard added 20 points for the Nuggets, who had won six straight.

Lakers 94, Jazz 92

LOS ANGELES Devean George's 3-pointer with 24.3 seconds remaining lifted Los Angeles past Utah,

George connected from the right corner after the Jazz, who trailed by 21 points in the third quarter, went ahead for the second time in the last minute on a jumper by rookie Mo Williams.

After George's game-winner, Williams and Raja Bell missed outside jumpers that could have forged a tie.



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