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Garnett's winner puts Clippers in their place

Associated Press
Published December 8, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The Clippers made two major mistakes as time wound down against the Timberwolves: They left Sam Cassell open and talked trash to Kevin Garnett.

Cassell scored 15 in the final 6 minutes, 44 seconds, and Garnett made a 20-foot jumper as time expired to give Minnesota a 96-94 comeback victory Sunday.

Garnett's shot from the left wing over Elton Brand capped a fourth-quarter rally by the Timberwolves, who trailed 83-68 with just over eight minutes remaining.

"I got a pretty good look," Garnett said. "I looked at Sam, Sam had (Marko) Jaric all over him. I just waved him off. I went to make a move - made it.

"I just told myself to get my eyes up. I just did."

Garnett made two free throws with 1:10 to play, and Cassell scored on a runner in the lane with 30.4 seconds left to tie it at 94.

Los Angeles' Corey Maggette missed a short jumper, Minnesota's Fred Hoiberg got the rebound and the Timberwolves called a timeout with 5.8 seconds left, setting the stage for Garnett's winner.

Latrell Sprewell had 27 points for Minnesota, which completed its road trip 4-1. Garnett had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Cassell finished with 24 points and 10 assists.

Maggette had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

Brand, playing his second game since returning after missing five weeks with a broken right foot, had 13 points and eight rebounds but shot 4-of-15.

"It was a great shot, a tough shot. He was almost at the 3-point line," Brand said of Garnett's winner. "But we should have never gotten to that situation. We should have had this one."

KINGS 91, PACERS 88: Brad Miller had 18 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in his first game against his former team as Sacramento got back on track at home.

Peja Stojakovic had 27 points and five rebounds and Mike Bibby added 14 points for the Kings, who led by 16 in the third quarter.

Indiana forward Ron Artest was ejected late in the second quarter for arguing an offensive foul call.

Official Anthony Jordan whistled Artest for a charge 3:31 before halftime, and Artest became angry and received a technical for questioning the foul.

The Pacers called timeout before Bibby's first free throw. During it, Artest approached Jordan to give him another earful, and official Bob Delaney called the second technical that led to Artest being tossed.

Jermaine O'Neal had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Indiana. Jamison Brewer couldn't get a 3-pointer off before the final buzzer.

GRIZZLIES 93, BLAZERS 79: Bonzi Wells scored 16 against his former Portland teammates.

Pau Gasol had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Mike Miller scored 17 for host Memphis, which acquired Wells last week in a trade with the Trail Blazers.

Stromile Swift had 16 points, Lorenzen Wright scored 10 and Earl Watson had a career-high 14 assists.

Wells had 10 points in the final quarter as the Grizzlies closed with a flourish to keep the Blazers from making a serious challenge.

RAPTORS 108, SONICS 98: Vince Carter scored 30 and Chris Bosh had 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead host Toronto to its fourth straight victory.

Jalen Rose added 18 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who improved to 4-0 since acquiring Rose, Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter from Chicago.

Carter had 20 points and five assists in the second half. Bosh, the fourth overall pick in the draft, shot 8-for-13 from the field and tied a team record for rebounds by a rookie. He also tied LeBron James for the most this season.

Toronto's Morris Peterson, held scoreless through three quarters, made four 3-pointers in the fourth to help the Raptors pull away.

CELTICS 116, NUGGETS 111: Paul Pierce had 33 points and 10 assists and Eric Williams added a season-high 21 points to lead Boston.

Pierce was 12-of-22 from the field and had seven rebounds to help the Celtics, who didn't arrive in Denver until five hours before the game because of a snowstorm in Boston.

Reserve Rodney White had 23 points and Voshon Lenard added 20 points for the Nuggets, who had won six straight.

The Celtics seemed to have the game in hand when Pierce sank two free throws to make it 111-102, but Rodney White hit two 3-pointers to get Denver to 113-111 with 28 seconds left.

Mike James and Pierce sealed the win with two free throws each.

SPORTSMEN OF THE YEAR: Tim Duncan and David Robinson were honored by Sports Illustrated after leading the Spurs to the championship last season.

Duncan and Robinson are the second pair of teammates to receive the award, following Arizona pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2001.

The magazine cited Duncan and Robinson for their character, performance and sportsmanship.

LEBRON ON MNF: Cavaliers rookie guard LeBron James will be interviewed during halftime of tonight's NFL game when Cleveland plays host to St. Louis.

"Back to the football field," said James, who was a two-time All-Ohio wide receiver at Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

A network spokesman said James will join host Al Michaels to help promote the ABC's coverage of the NBA this season.

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