Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/30

Game 1: Friday, December 30th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 29th

Magic 91

(28-44, 8-30 away)

Timberwolves 103

(30-41, 22-14 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 29, 2006

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 26 27 21 1791
    MIN 25 24 29 25103

    Top Performers

    Orl: D. Howard 15 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Min: K. Garnett 27 Pts, 19 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Garnett, Davis spark Wolves past Magic

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In a matchup of the present and future of NBA power forwards, Kevin Garnett showed Dwight Howard that he still has a lot to learn.

    Garnett dominated with 27 points, 19 rebounds and six assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 103-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

    "Howard is going to be a great player in this league," Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey said. "Kevin already is a great player. Kevin knows all the tricks of the trade. Dwight will someday be there, but Kevin is still above him."

    After making it known that his patience was wearing thin following a win over New York on Sunday, Garnett made it clear that he isn't giving up on this season, or his teammates.

    "I don't think he alone will let anyone on this team give up," Casey said.

    He delivered the kind of all-around effort he's become known for over his 11 seasons here, showing why owner Glen Taylor would be foolish to trade him in the offseason.

    Garnett flustered Howard, the second-year player who, like Garnett, came straight to the NBA from high school. Howard wasn't bad -- he had 15 points and 12 rebounds. He just wasn't KG.

    "I had it marked on my calendar, but I think I was a little anxious tonight," said Howard, who missed six free throws. "I didn't play as well as I had hoped tonight. Kevin just had a great game."

    Garnett said after the game that Howard doesn't remind him of himself at a younger age -- he thinks Howard is even better.

    "Dwight's a freak of nature," Garnett said. "I don't know what they put in the milk for these kids nowadays."

    The Magic allowed Minnesota to shoot 55 percent, turned the ball over nine times in the fourth quarter and had their four-game winning streak snapped, further diminishing their long-shot playoff hopes.

    "This game hurts," said Tony Battie, who scored 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter. "We haven't been a particularly good ballclub on the road and this game was within our grasp."

    After Sunday's sloppy victory over New York, Garnett said he couldn't take another rebuilding year in Minnesota. While he has never said he wanted to be traded, Taylor felt it necessary to say before the game that "today, as I stand here, I don't see a (trade) possibility that makes sense."

    Still limited by a groin injury, Ricky Davis gave Garnett the kind of support he's desperately needed all season. Davis had 26 points and matched a season high with 10 assists. Mark Blount added 14 points for the Timberwolves, who will almost assuredly miss the playoffs for the second straight season after reaching the Western Conference finals in 2004.

    Hedo Turkoglu scored 15 points for Orlando, which had six players in double figures. Darko Milicic had 12 points and five rebounds.

    But the Magic appeared to be weary after a spirited comeback win at Chicago the night before, missing 12 free throws and having difficulty matching the Timberwolves' energy in the fourth quarter.

    Minnesota led by four heading into the fourth, but that's nothing for the Magic. After overcoming an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Chicago on Tuesday night, they couldn't muster another double-digit comeback on Wednesday.

    "Coming off a back-to-back tough game against Chicago, fatigue set in at the end of the game and that leads to turnovers," Howard said.

    The Timberwolves led by 10 points midway through the final period, and coach Dwane Casey pulled Garnett for a quick breather. As Garnett walked to the bench, he gave Casey a look as if to say, "Are you crazy?"

    On Orlando's first possession with Garnett on the bench, Howard got free for a wide open dunk to cut the lead to eight. Garnett was back on the floor in just over a minute, and the lead ballooned to 12 points 30 seconds later.

    "I'm just trying to win some games and go out on a decent note," Garnett said.

    Game notes

    Orlando's DeShawn Stevenson drew a technical foul at the end of the first half for arguing for a foul call. ... Orlando's Bo Outlaw got a technical in the third period for hanging on the rim. ... Wolves guard Trenton Hassell missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle and knee.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 103
    FGM-FGA 35-74 (.473) 42-76 (.553)
    3PM-3PA 3-7 (.429) 3-6 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 18-30 (.600) 16-22 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-37 10-36
    Assists 21 27
    Turnovers 16 15
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 8 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 17

    Top Performers

    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 15
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 27
    Reb: 19
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2