SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 8 (Ticker) -- Sam Cassell and Kevin Garnett put the Minnesota Timberwolves in great position to secure home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

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Cassell scored 29 points and Garnett added 24 and 17 rebounds as the Timberwolves moved atop the conference standings with a 94-86 come-from-behind win over the Sacramento Kings.

Minnesota (55-24), which has won six straight, moved one-half game ahead of Sacramento (54-24) atop the conference. The Timberwolves won three of four meetings with the Kings this season and secure home-court advantage by taking their final three contests.

"As a kid, my mom told me it's easy to get to the top, (but) staying on top is the hardest thing to do," Garnett said. "I think that applies now. We're in a position to create our own destiny. What we have to do now is sustain that and stay consistent with our play. And that starts tomorrow night (at Golden State)."

"I think they wanted to win and I think they controlled," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "They've got the best record in the West and that's what they're trying to accomplish. This is a big win for them, so I'm sure they feel good about it."

The Timberwolves trailed by 11 points just over four minutes into the second half and 69-61 heading to the fourth quarter. But Garnett began the period with back-to-back baskets and Wally Szczerbiak nailed a 3-pointer to pull Minnesota within 69-68 with 10:06 left.

"I told our guys at the beginning of the fourth quarter that we were in the exact same situation the last time we played here (a 112-109 overtime triumph on Dec. 5)," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We made some key shots, we put a little bit of pressure on, turned up the defense a little bit. And we put us in a situation that you want down the stretch to have a chance to make some plays to win the game."

The Timberwolves took the lead for good, 77-75, on a layup by Latrell Sprewell with 5:12 remaining. Cassell hit a jumper with 1:59 left to make it 83-79 before Sacramento's Mike Bibby missed a fast-break layup.

"I missed a layup, I just missed it," Bibby said.

The Timberwolves took advantage of the miscue, opening a six-point lead on a follow shot by Ervin Johnson with 1:17 to play. Seemingly deflated by the sequence, Sacramento got no closer than four points.

"We just hung in there," Cassell said. "We understand that we need to give ourselves a chance to win every night. That's what we did tonight. In the third quarter, they got off to a good run. We cut the lead to four, they brought it back to nine. but that showed signs of our ballclub and the character this team has - to never give up."

"Sam was rushing a lot of things (early)," Garnett said. "Once he settled down and we kept it simple and we started to move the ball a little bit, everyone got touches, from Kandi (Michael Olowokandi) to Spree and Sam also. Then it was just a matter of who took the shots and when they took them."

The Kings were outrebounded, 48-40, and allowed Olowokandi to grab seven offensive rebounds, including three in the fourth quarter.

"It concerns me - we lost - but it happens when you don't rebound the ball," Adelman said. "We got impatient offensively. I know we took tough shots and they turned it up and made some big shots at their end, got the momentum going, but I think for the most part we played hard. We just didn't play well enough."

Chris Webber contributed 21 points and 11 rebounds and Bibby added 19 points for the Kings, who hold a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers (53-23) atop the Pacific Division.

"Screw it, this game is over - we are already looking to tomorrow's game (at Phoenix)," said Kings forward Brad Miller, who had eight points before fouling out with 4:18 remaining. "We still control our future in the Pacific. We got to make sure we take care of business there."

"(Playing tomorrow) helps," said Kings guard Bobby Jackson, who had 10 points in his return from a 24-game absence with an abdominal strain. "Every game counts. We've got to try and end the season with four (wins) in a row."