OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 28 (Ticker) -- Sam Cassell
valuable he is by spending too many minutes on the bench.
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Cassell was hampered by foul trouble before fouling out and the
Timberwolves had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 97-90
loss to the Golden State Warriors, who got 21 points and 19
rebounds from Erick Dampier
Seeking his first All-Star berth, Cassell had a rare poor game.
He was limited to 31 minutes and did not do much with them,
collecting 14 points and four assists while committing seven
"Tonight was a tough night for me personally," Cassell said.
"I've got to run my ballclub better than I ran it tonight. I
didn't do my job tonight. It's a team effort, but each
individual has got to do their part to make us successful. I
didn't do my part tonight, so I am fully responsible for the
The Timberwolves got a monster performance from Kevin Garnett
who collected 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists for his
second triple-double of the season. But they struggled
offensively without Cassell's guidance.
"Unfortunately we didn't execute like we usually do in the
fourth quarter," Garnett said. "(The Warriors) outscored us in
the fourth quarter and that's something that rarely happens with
Minnesota climbed within one four times in the final five
minutes but could not contain Dampier, who had a tip-in with 2
1/2 minutes left.
Dampier made 2-of-2 free throws to give Golden State a 92-89
edge with 94 seconds to go after Cassell picked up his sixth
foul. He added another free throw 18 seconds later.
"I just went out there and played," said Dampier, who also is
hoping for a spot on the All-Star team. "It's the last game
before the All-Stars come out, so I just wanted to have a good
game tonight. The biggest thing for me was to be consistent.
It's what I've been working trying to do."
The Timberwolves, who lost Troy Hudson
to a sprained ankle in
the third quarter, were left without a point guard, and Latrell Sprewell
and Fred Hoiberg
forced ill-advised 3-pointers in the
"We got into a situation where we're trying to play the last two
minutes without a point guard, so we got caught," Minnesota
coach Flip Saunders said. "Whoever was going to be more
aggressive was going to have success and they were more
aggressive in everything they did."
Sprewell scored 27 points but made just 9-of-27 shots and
Garnett was held to just two free throws in the fourth quarter
for Minnesota, which shot under 39 percent (34-of-88).
"We were out of sync a little bit with Sam being in foul
trouble," Sprewell said. "We're doing things we hadn't been
accustomed to doing so we were a little bit out of sync."
scored 21 points and Speedy Claxton
added 19 for
the Warriors, who have won consecutive games after losing 12 of
collected 17 points and 10 rebounds for
shorthanded Golden State, which played without injured starters
Nick Van Exel
and Troy Murphy
"Our energy level has picked up despite having only nine players
able to practice," Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. "I
thought their focus has been phenomenal."