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Kings 110, Timberwolves 98

March 31, 2001

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Chris Webber scored 22 points and Scot Pollard had 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings clinched a playoff berth, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-98 Friday night.

Sacramento (49-22) won its third game in four days while remaining in front of the Los Angeles Lakers for the Pacific Division lead. The Kings beat the Knicks on Tuesday night and the Lakers a day later while moving closer to their first division title in 22 years.

The Kings broke open a close game in the third quarter with a string of baskets from Doug Christie and Webber. Christie got nine of his 18 points in that decisive 2 1/2-minute span to spark the Kings, who won for the 11th time in 14 games.

Terrell Brandon scored 20 points and Kevin Garnett had 18 points and five blocked shots as the Timberwolves lost their sixth straight road game. Seattle’s victory over the Clippers pulled the SuperSonics (41-34) within 2 1/2 games of Minnesota (42-30) for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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