MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Coming off a dramatic victory, the
Minnesota Timberwolves look to get above the .500 mark for the
first time in over a month when they host the reeling Charlotte
Hornets on Tuesday.
Latrell Sprewell's runner with less than a second left lifted
the Timberwolves to a 99-97 win Sunday over the Boston Celtics,
who had won five in a row.
Minnesota's victory was its second straight and third in four
games, giving the club its first shot at a three-game winning
streak since late January.
Kevin Garnett scored 21 points and Wally Szczerbiak added 20 as
the Timberwolves won in Kevin McHale's first game against his
old team as a coach. Minnesota is 5-4 since McHale took over
for Flip Saunders on February 12.
The Timberwolves have not had a winning record since February 3
when they stood at 24-23.
The Bobcats, who have lost three games in a row, are dealing
with a rash of injuries.
Charlotte lost guard Kareem Rush to a sprained MCL on Saturday,
a day after backcourt mate Brevin Knight hurt an ankle in a loss
at Boston. Knight's status for Tuesday's contest in uncertain.
Jason Hart filled in well for Knight on Saturday, scoring 18 of
his 20 points in the fourth quarter, but a last-second shot by
the Washington Wizards led to an 86-84 loss.
The Bobcats contributed to the Timberwolves' six-game losing
skid in early January, routing Minnesota, 102-84. Gerald
Wallace led six players in double figures with 23 points for
Charlotte, which used a dominant fourth quarter to its biggest
margin of victory this season.