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Garnett, Timberwolves defeat slumping Warriors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't fold in the
fourth quarter for a change. For the Golden State Warriors, it was
the same story despite another new starting lineup.

Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and tied his season high with 21
rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a strong scoring
performance by Jason Richardson and defeated the Golden State
Warriors 103-90 Sunday.

Ricky Davis scored 19 for the Wolves, and Trenton Hassell added
15 as Minnesota won its second in a row and sent the Warriors to
their sixth loss in seven games. Marcus Banks had 12 points, Rashad
McCants 11 and Mark Blount 10 for Minnesota.

"We stayed aggressive and finished the game," Garnett said.

Through three quarters, the game was perfectly following the
script for Minnesota's season: a slow start, a solid second
quarter, and a blown double-digit lead. When Golden State pulled
ahead by three midway through the fourth quarter, it appeared the
Wolves were in danger of dropping their 14th home game.

Instead, they clamped down on Richardson and got solid
all-around contributions on offense.

"We got beat up a little bit in that third quarter, but fourth
quarter we came out with a lot more energy," Garnett said.

Richardson scored 36 points for Golden State -- three shy of his
season high.

"It's not about scoring, this game is about winning," he said.
"If I would've scored five points and we would've won, I'd have
been happy."

Richardson had eight of his team's 15 fourth-quarter points and
didn't get much help from his teammates. Mike Dunleavy scored nine
of his 13 points in the second quarter, and Baron Davis added 12.

"He's been really good," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said
of Richardson. "We've just got to get some other guys to join
him."

Seeking to give his struggling squad a boost, Montgomery
installed Golden State's 12th starting lineup of the season,
plugging Davis and Andris Biedrins in place of Mickael Pietrus and
Adonal Foyle. Montgomery moved Troy Murphy in at center and slid
Richardson into the power forward slot, giving the Warriors a
smaller, speedier lineup.

But the Timberwolves' size advantage served them well on the
boards. They outrebounded Golden State 30-16 in the first half and
52-35 overall. Garnett had a season-high nine offensive rebounds,
and the Wolves had 19 overall.

"Garnett was great on the boards," Montgomery said. "He's so
long, he gets up over the top with those long arms."

But Richardson kept Minnesota's 24 second-chance points from
turning the game into a rout. He scored 17 points in the third
quarter as the Warriors fought their way into the lead.

"When a player of that caliber gets hot, it's tough to guard
him," Ricky Davis said.

With Garnett on the bench in foul trouble, Golden State took
advantage of Minnesota's cold shooting during a 3-minute stretch
late in the third. Richardson scored nine points, including
back-to-back 3s, during a 14-0 run that gave the Warriors a 71-67
lead.

Golden State led 83-80 on Richardson's layup with 7 minutes to
play, but Minnesota sealed the win with a 15-2 spurt. Garnett had
eight points during the run and capped it with a tip-in to make it
95-85 with 2:25 to go.

"When you have a dominant rebounder like Kevin Garnett, you
can't allow him to get boards like he did tonight," Richardson
said.

Game notes
Wolves coach Dwayne Casey said before the game that backup
G Anthony Carter, who didn't play, would remain in the rotation
despite his arrest last Friday on suspicion of drunken driving.
Casey said the team would wait to impose any disciplinary action
until the legal process is complete. Carter is scheduled to appear
in court March 10. Casey wasn't sure of Carter availability for
Minnesota's upcoming six-game road trip that begins Wednesday. ...
Davis and Fisher started together for the third time this season.
... Richardson started his second game at power forward.