SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 28 (Ticker) --
The clocks were off the last
few minutes. Sam Cassell
and Kevin Garnett
Cassell and Garnett combined to score 11 straight points down
the stretch as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped the Sacramento
Kings' seven-game winning streak with a 121-110 victory at Arco
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The two teams have had a penchant for tight games over the
years, including several overtime affairs and an all-time 30-30
record coming into the game. The trend continued in this one.
Sacramento trailed by just 106-104 after Bobby Jackson
layup and free throw with 2:52 remaining. But the clocks
stopped working, causing a delay of about five minutes, and
eventually were turned off.
"The referees did a good job letting us know how much time was
left," Cassell said. "We made some shots and executed our
"Technical difficulties are out of everybody's hands, including
the guys running the clock," Garnett added. "It's part of (the
When play resumed, Jackson and Garnett nailed back-to-back
jumpers, Jackson a 3-pointer and two free throws and Garnett a
pair from the line to open a 115-104 cushion with 1:08 left.
"They hit some tough shots (after the clock malfunction),
especially Sam Cassell," Kings guard Mike Bibby
contested them but they were still going in."
Garnett collected 28 points and 16 rebounds, Cassell scored 25
points and reserve Eddie Griffin
20 for Minnesota, which was
meeting Sacramento for the first time since winning their
Western Conference semifinal series in seven games last season.
"Sam understands everything starts (with him)," Garnett said.
"He and I were just sharing, making sure everybody got a touch.
Tonight it was a collective win from everybody."
The oft-troubled Griffin, acquired prior to the start of the
season, contributed made a season-high four 3-pointers as the
Kings dared him to make shots.
"I feel comfortable shooting the three, stretching the defense,"
said Griffin, who shot 4-of-5 from the arc and 7-of-15 overall.
"That's what they expect out of me."
Garnett welcomed the new offensive threat.
"Eddie's not your typical big man. He can shoot the three very
well, he's unselfish," Garnett commented. "He's definitely made
our team better, more versatile."
The Kings, who lost for the first time in seven games at Arco
Arena this season, have lost four straight regular-season games
to the Timberwolves, including three here.
Sacramento was in danger of being blown out in the first half
after Minnesota's Fred Hoiberg
nailed a long three to make it
41-31 with 10:34 left in the second quarter. But the Kings
would ride the hot shooting of Bibby and Peja Stojakovic
within 61-60 at intermission, shooting 57 percent in the half.
contributed 25 points and 10 rebounds and Bibby and
Stojakovic 22 points apiece for Sacramento.
Minnesota tied a season high for points in a quarter with 36 in
the fourth and was a blistering 60 percent (9-of-15) from the
"You give up 36 points in the last quarter, you're not going to
win very many games," Kings Coach Rick Adelman said.
Timberwolves center Michael Olowokandi
played 16 minutes,
collecting four points, in his return to action following a team
imposed two-game suspension after being arrested at an
Indianapolis nightclub last week.