MINNEAPOLIS, May 5 (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett received a rude reminder from the Sacramento Kings that the MVP is a regular-season award.

The Kings clamped down on Garnett and rode 33 points and clutch play from Mike Bibby to a spirited 104-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the opener of their Western Conference Semifinal series.

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On Monday, Garnett was announced as the overwhelming winner of the NBA MVP. In a pregame ceremony on the Target Center court, the slender 7-foot superstar was presented with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy by NBA commissioner David Stern.

Garnett hoisted the trophy, invited his teammates onto the floor and thanked team owner Glen Taylor, his family and the fans. He then received an unceremonious welcome to the second round by the playoff-tested Kings, who won a road game for the seventh straight series.

"I am not really a flashy guy," Garnett said. "I am not a lights, camera, action guy. It kind of disrupted my routine. I knew what was scheduled ahead of time, so I don't have an excuse."

"Off the court, we applaud him," Kings center Vlade Divac said. "On the court, it's a different story."

Sacramento swarmed Garnett with double-teams, even on some occasions when he did not have the ball. He tried to play through it but made just 6-of-21 shots while committing six turnovers.

"In the regular season, they didn't trap me as much as they did tonight," Garnett said. "That was their major adjustment. Now we have to make our major adjustment."

At the other end, Bibby was torching the Timberwolves with 3-pointers and dribble drives. He scored 14 points in the first quarter to set a tone but saved his best for the stretch.

"He really got us going," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "He made the shots that quieted the crowd and picked our guys up."

With the Kings clinging to an 87-86 lead, Bibby tipped in his own miss, then added two free throws. He worked a pick-and-roll to perfection, finding Chris Webber for an open jumper and a 93-86 advantage with 2:18 to go.

"That's what was working," said Bibby, who made 10-of-21 shots and added seven assists and seven rebounds. "I wanted to get in the key and make something happen - if not for me, for someone else."

Top-seeded Minnesota stayed in it with a flurry of 3-pointers by Sam Cassell, who scored 40 points for the second time this postseason. Off another pick-and-roll, Bibby found Doug Christie for a 3-pointer and a 98-92 lead with 49 seconds left.

Game 2 is here Saturday.

"We know it is going to be tough," Bibby said. "We know that KG is an animal and he is going to come out and try to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Garnett had 16 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists. Teammate Latrell Sprewell made just 2-of-14 shots and scored five points.

The Kings used just seven players and all but one scored in double figures. Webber scored 15 points, Divac and Peja Stojakovic added 14 each and Christie and Brad Miller had 13 apiece, with Miller grabbing 10 rebounds.

Bibby's quick start gave Sacramento a 34-27 lead after one period. After a sketchy start, Garnett found a rhythm and helped Minnesota close to 48-47 at halftime.

A banker by Garnett and a layup by Fred Hoiberg gave the Wolves their last lead at 79-77 with 10:06 left. But Garnett did not make another basket, and a reverse layup by Bibby gave the Kings the lead for good at 85-83 with 4:03 remaining.

"We played like crap and still had a chance to win," Garnett said. "If we had our offense a little we certainly would have had a chance."