Timberwolves 113, Warriors 84
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Kevin Garnett scored 22 points in three quarters and the Minnesota Timberwolves, after opening a 17-point first quarter lead, ran past the Golden State Warriors 113-84 Wednesday night.
The Timberwolves averaged a 17-point margin of victory in sweeping the four-game season series from the Warriors, who have lost seven straight to Minnesota.
Garnett toyed with the Warriors, making 11 of 17 shots and grabbing nine rebounds before sitting out most of the fourth quarter after Minnesota led 88-62 after three.
Stephon Marbury added 14 points and 10 assists.
Donyell Marshall scored 17 points to lead the Warriors, who shot just 36 percent (32-for-89) to Minnesota’s 53.2 (50-for-94).
Golden State missed 12 of its first 14 shots to fall behind early, trailing 31-14 after the first quarter. The Timberwolves hit 14 of their 21 shots in the quarter and did not let up.
Minnesota built the lead to 24 points, 59-35, following a three-point play from Marbury to cap a sequence in which the Timberwolves scored eight points in 38 seconds.
It was 59-39 at halftime, with Garnett going 7-for-9 from the field for 14 points.
The Warriors committed 13 turnovers as the Timberwolves ran them ragged in the first half, outscoring them 15-0 on fast break points.
Notes: The Warriors, in response to suspended guard Latrell Sprewell’s flurry of interviews over the weekend, re-established their disagreement with abitrator John Feerick’s decision to uphold the remaining two years of Sprewell’s contract in a three-paragraph official statement. The final sentence: ``Further, the Warriors are not going to retry this case in the media.″ All media in attendance Wednesday received the statement. ... Minnesota is 9-12 since Tom Gugliotta went on the injured list Jan. 29. ... Garnett is the only NBA player with 100-plus steals and 100-plus blocks. ... Warriors guard Jim Jackson missed 10 of his first 11 shots and finished 5-for-21.