MINNEAPOLIS, May 14 (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell had his best game of the playoffs, overshadowing Sam Cassell's worst.

Sprewell scored 34 points and Kevin Garnett collected 23 and 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves rolled to a 86-74 victory over the Sacramento Kings in Game Five of the Western Conference semifinals.

Garnett has been a dominant force in the playoffs, but Minnesota has gotten inconsistent performances from Cassell and Sprewell. Cassell struggled mightily in this one, but Sprewell picked up the slack.

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Latrell Sprewell shot 13-of-21 from the field in Game 5 on Friday.
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Sprewell made 13-of-21 shots from the floor, including 3-of-7 3-pointers, and 5-of-6 free throws en route to his second 30-point game of the postseason. He also collected seven rebounds and six assists and helped Minnesota play stellar defense.

"Spree initiated everything," Garnett said. "Tonight, Spree was Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. He led us all."

Sprewell made 13-of-21 shots from the floor, including 3-of-7 3-pointers, and 5-of-6 free throws en route to his second 30-point game of the postseason. He also collected seven rebounds and six assists and helped Minnesota play stellar defense.

"I was just being aggressive and attacking," Sprewell said. "Anytime you have the opportunity to attack the basket and get layups, you have to take advantage."

The Timberwolves were clinging to a 60-57 lead before Garnett closed the third quarter with consecutive baskets. He buried a jumper with 69 seconds left and dunked off an assist from Sprewell 27 seconds later.

Sprewell opened the final period with back-to-back jumpers and the Kings never recovered as they were held to their lowest point total of the playoffs.

"When you get into a seven-game series, you have to clamp on defense and you have to keep clamping down," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said.

Mike Bibby scored 14 points and Chris Webber added 13 as Sacramento shot just 33 percent (27-of-81) from the floor, including 4-of-17 from the arc.

Bibby made 5-of-15 shots, Webber was 5-of-16 from the floor and All-Star Peja Stojakovic was held to 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

"We never got on track offensively," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "If we don't get Mike or Peja involved or get Peja going, we are going to be in trouble."

Cassell managed three points in 31 minutes for Minnesota, which can reach the conference semifinals for the first time with a win on Sunday in Game Six.

The Timberwolves overcame Cassell's struggles with key performances from Fred Hoiberg and Mark Madsen. Hoiberg scored eight points and Madsen collected seven and 13 rebounds.

Sacramento played the fourth quarter shorthanded after All-Star forward Brad Miller was ejected with Minnesota guard Darrick Martin late in the third.

Martin collided with Miller while fighting through a pick. Miller shoved Martin, who was laying face-down on the floor, and both players were ejected by referee Steve Javie.

"Brad's ejection was big," Bibby said. "I don't know if it was their plan for Darrick to come in and take a cheap shot, but it worked."