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Minnesota Sneaks by With a Win

Timberwolves 89, Clippers 85

Associated Press
Monday, March 28, 2005; Page D01

MINNEAPOLIS, March 27 -- Kevin Garnett had 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 89-85 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Garnett struggled for the second straight game, making just 8 of 24 field goals. Sam Cassell scored 16 points off the bench to help Minnesota win its fourth straight game.

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The Timberwolves point guard made a three-pointer off a Garnett pass with 2 minutes 3 seconds left to put the Wolves up for good at 83-80, then returned the favor by feeding Garnett inside for a layup with 1:30 to play. But Minnesota couldn't put the game away. Bobby Simmons's three-pointer with 32 seconds left brought the Clippers within 86-83, but Minnesota's Fred Hoiberg missed a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left.

Corey Maggette missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with 5.9 seconds left, before Garnett iced the game with two free throws.

"I've never considered myself a superb shooter," Garnett said. "I can score the basketball, but there's going to be times where I have a game like this. But I have the ability to do different things to influence the game."

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