OAKLAND, Calif., April 8 (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves opened an important four-game West Coast trip with a 100-93 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The Timberwolves moved two games ahead of Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference with five games to play.

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Wally Szczerbiak and the Wolves stared down the Warriors.
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Minnesota's trek continues Tuesday with a visit to league-leading Sacramento and ends with consecutive games in Los Angeles against the two-time defending champion Lakers and the Clippers.

Wally Szczerbiak contributed 21 points and withstood the taunts of the fans. When the Timberwolves acquired center Marc Jackson from Golden State in February, Szczerbiak referred to the Warriors as "clowns." During Monday's game, Szczerbiak was portrayed as a clown on the Jumbotron scoreboard.

Jackson made an impression against his former team when he was ejected after a flagrant foul in the second quarter. He hit Bob Sura in the back of the head when the Warriors guard went up for a layup at 8:07.

Chauncey Billups had 13 points and nine assists for the Wolves, who have won six of their last seven games.

Antawn Jamison scored 25 points and rookie Jason Richardson contributed 21, but Golden State lost for the fifth time in seven games.