Knight Stars as Bobcats Top Timberwolves
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 4 (Ticker) -- Two nights later, the Charlotte Bobcats completed a fourth-quarter comeback.
Brevin Knight had 24 points and eight assists as the Bobcats rallied for a 97-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost their 12th straight road game.
"We were just being aggressive," Felton said. "We played good defense down the stretch and got some key rebounds."
After nearly rallying in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to playoff-bound Cleveland, Charlotte came back from a six-point deficit with under six minutes remaining in this one.
"We just stayed with what was working for us," said Knight, who made 9-of-15 shots. "We were confident that we would win the game. Even though we were down by six we just had to tinker with a few things. We did a good job finishing."
Primoz Brezec's jumper with 3:56 remaining capped a 9-2 run and gave the Bobcats the lead for good at 86-85.
"I just love to be in the game when it's on the line," Brezec said. "Today I made some big shots in the fourth quarter, but it was just a great team effort. Sometimes coach (Bernie Bickerstaff) will leave me on the bench in the fourth quarter, but today he stuck with me. In the first half I didn't make shots, but he trusted me."
Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 22 rebounds for Minnesota, which has not won on the road since posting a 103-101 victory over Phoenix on February 6.
"It's very disappointing," Garnett said. "Not just against Charlotte, but against everyone we've played on the road. It's been tough because we've been in almost every game. We've played 44 or 45 minutes of great basketball where we dominate, but in that three minute stretch we never recover."
Garnett was limited to five points in the second half and took just two shots in the fourth quarter.
"He had to really work for it tonight," Bickerstaff said. "He didn't really get anything in bundles. He had to really work for it, but being the consummate team player that he is, he was looking for his teammates."
Minnesota (31-43) is 6 1/2 games behind Sacramento for the Western Conference's final playoff berth with eight contests left.
The Bobcats scored 23 points off 20 Minnesota turnovers and connected on 16-of-19 free throws.
"The story tonight was turnovers and free throws," Minnesota coach Dwane Casey said. "We shot 67 percent from the free-throw line and had too many careless turnovers in the first half."