Banks Helps Wolves Top Warriors
Minnesota 106, Golden State 104 (F-OT)
MINNEAPOLIS, April 2 (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett finally had some help.
Marcus Banks had 24 points and seven assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves posted a 106-104 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors.
"(This victory) feels good," Banks said. "We're taking care of home (court). We're going to try to finish strong and push this over to next year."
"Marcus is a very solid young player," Warriors veteran Derek Fisher said. "Not to take anything away from him, but each game you talk about matchups and how you want to play certain guys. Penetration was the number one thing we wanted to take away from Marcus and time and time again he was at the front of the rim."
Frustrated by his team's disappointing season, Garnett is asked to carry to the Timberwolves on a nightly basis. On Sunday, Banks played one of his best games with the team since being acquired in a trade with Boston in January.
Banks efficiently ran the offense and made 10-of-17 shots in 41 minutes, falling two points shy of matching his season high.
"It's my job to get in the lane, get guys easy shots, and cause havoc," Banks said. "I've been getting better and better at that. I feel like I'm in college again. That's when I had control, calling the plays, and running the sets. My teammates trusted me and I feel like that is happening here now."
Banks opened the overtime with a driving layup and converted two free throws with 53 seconds left, giving the Timberwolves a 103-100 lead.
Derek Fisher, who missed a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation, made two free throws with 7.8 seconds left to pull the Warriors within 105-104. Ricky Davis made 1-of-2 from the line two seconds later, allowing Golden State a final chance.
But following a timeout, Jason Richardson threw up an airball from 28 feet as time expired.
"I didn't realize how far I was from the basket when I got the ball," Richardson said. "I was surprised that I was that wide open."
"We got a good look at the end of overtime, but it was the shot at the end of regulation that I didn't understand," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. "(Richardson) had a clear path to the basket and he kicked it back out. I thought it was a great chance to get the basket or get to the foul line. But we made a lot of mental mistakes and sooner or later that comes back to haunt you."
Richardson scored 16 of his 33 points in the first quarter and Fisher had 22 for Golden State (30-42), which is 6 1/2 games behind Sacramento with 10 to play.
The Warriors have lost four straight, including their last three games by a total of six points.
"What's been so disappointing about this season is not only that there has been a lot of games that we have lost, but that out of our 72 games, we've literally had 50 games were the game was in the balance and if we would have gotten a few minutes of good offense and a few good stops would have won the game," Fisher said. "There has been a lot of games that we lost just like we lost today's game."