Garnett Stuffs Sheet as Wolves Top Magic
Minnesota 103, Orlando 91
MINNEAPOLIS, March 29 (Ticker) -- All-Star Kevin Garnett put together a man-sized effort against man-child Dwight Howard.
Garnett had 27 points and 19 rebounds and Ricky Davis scored 26 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves posted a 103-91 victory over the Orlando Magic, their fourth consecutive home win.
The 20-year-old Howard had 15 points and 12 rebounds for his 52nd double-double. But Garnett outdid him in every statistical category, holding advantages in blocks (two), steals (three) and assists (six) as he registered his league-leading 57th double-double.
In a close contest, the Wolves pulled away early in the fourth quarter while the Magic's sloppiness resulted in the end of their four-game winning streak.
With 8:37 to go, Marcus Banks drained a jumper to spark an 8-2 spurt. Rookie Rashad McCants sank two foul shots to cap the surge for a 90-80 lead with 6:24 left.
Minnesota continued to execute offensively en route to its second straight triumph overall. Davis had 10 assists and Mark Blount scored 14 points for the Wolves, who shot 55 percent (42-of-76).
Hedo Turkoglu scored 15 points and Tony Battie added 14 for Orlando, which committed nine of its 14 turnovers in the closing period. The Magic had six players in double figures.