||01-31-2007 06:58 PM
Kings@TWolves game thread
Originally Posted by NBA.com
Kings Look to End Their Losing Streak; Visit Timberwolves
By KATE HEDLIN, STATS Writer
Posted Jan 31 2007 4:54PM
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2006-07 Stats at a GlanceAfter a tough start for Randy Wittman as interim coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, his team has bounced back with consecutive wins, including its biggest victory of the season.
Wittman and the Timberwolves (22-22) try to build on that momentum and move back over .500 when they host the struggling Sacramento Kings (17-26) on Wednesday night.
Wittman took over for the fired Dwane Casey on Jan. 23, when Minnesota had lost four straight to fall to 20-20.
The Wolves dropped their first two games under Wittman, but responded with wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix in their last two contests.
After beating the Clippers 101-87 at Staples Center on Saturday, Minnesota snapped Phoenix's 17-game winning streak with a 121-112 home victory Monday.
Minnesota shot a season-high 59 percent from the floor and held the NBA's highest scoring team to 17 points in the fourth quarter. Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 44 points on 18-for-29 shooting.
"That was as excited as our guys have been for each other all year," Wittman said. "All four games that we've played since (the coaching change) happened ... we just keep fighting, scratching and clawing. If we can do that every night, wins will take care of themselves."
Garnett scored 15 points in the final period, including a jumper with less than two minutes left that gave Minnesota a nine-point lead. He's averaging 31 points in the four games under Wittman - more than 10 higher than his average under Casey.
"I think we all felt bad when Case lost his job," Garnett said. "No one ever wants to get fired or traded. ... It was really heartfelt in letting (Wittman) know that we'll fight for you every night."
Minnesota is 13-8 at the Target Center, but 2-3 in its last five games there. The Wolves, though, have won 15 of the last 19 home matchups with the Kings, who have dropped the first three games of a four-game road trip.
Sacramento fell 124-117 to Memphis on Monday after blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Kings were outscored by a stunning 41-24 in that period, and 34-19 at the free-throw line for the game. They were also outrebounded 47-25 overall.
Mike Bibby led the Kings with 23 points and was 5-of-9 from 3-point range, while Kevin Martin added 22 points and Ron Artest 21.
All three of Sacramento's defeats on the road swing have been close, as the Kings lost 88-84 to New Orleans on Friday and 106-104 to Dallas on Saturday. The Kings, however, are 5-15 away from home this season.
Sacramento and Minnesota have split their first two matchups, with the Wolves defeating the Kings 92-83 in their season opener Nov. 1 and Sacramento winning 93-81 at home Nov. 6.
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This game may be winnable but I dunno. TWolves just got done opening a can of whoop ass on the Suns and we're currently on a losing streak. If we lose it's not even like it hurts us much/at all, all it does is put us 1 step closer to Oden/Durant/Wright, 1 step closer to a rebuild, and pushes E-Mess closer to the edge.
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