Timberwolves 109, Nets 98


MINNEAPOLIS – This one was easy, by the Minnesota Timberwolves’ standards.

Kevin Garnett scored 32 points and surpassed 10,000 rebounds for his career in Minnesota’s 109-98 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Garnett pulled down 14 rebounds to become the 32nd player in league history to reach the milestone. Mark Blount added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who used a 12-1 run midway through the fourth quarter to win for the ninth time in 12 games.

For the first time this season, the Wolves won a game by more than six points and improved to 6-1 in 2007.

Jason Kidd had 24 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, falling short of his second triple-double in a row for the Nets, who led by five points entering the fourth.

But the Nets never got closer than seven after the Wolves’ decisive run, thanks in large part to Garnett’s 12 points in the period. It was a little redemption for the former MVP, who missed an open jumper as time expired against the Clippers on Wednesday night that would have kept the Wolves perfect this year.

Vince Carter had 24 points for New Jersey, rebounding from a slow start brought on by foul trouble.

Carter picked up his third foul less than two minutes into the second quarter and was limited to just five points in nine minutes in the first half.

He made up for lost time in the third period, scoring 10 points to help the Nets take a 77-72 lead into the fourth.

But Garnett came right back, hitting a jumper, then picking up a loose ball and dribbling coast-to-coast before spinning past Bostjan Nachbar to throw down an emphatic dunk and tie the game at 81.

Two minutes later, Garnett made a pretty backdoor cut and dunked an alley-oop pass from Trenton Hassell to give the Wolves an 87-81 lead with 7 minutes to go.

Ricky Davis scored 17 points and Randy Foye had 16 points and six assists for Minnesota.

After recording the 82nd triple-double of his career against Chicago on Thursday, Kidd got off to a fast start against the Wolves, who came out a little flat in the second game of a back-to-back.

Kidd didn’t appear to be deterred by his highly publicized marital woes, putting up 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the first half and giving the rookie Foye a lesson in how to be disruptive on both ends of the court.

Earlier this week, Joumana Kidd was served with a restraining order obtained by her husband, and on Tuesday Jason Kidd filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years, Joumana, citing “extreme cruelty” and saying that he was an abused spouse.

Joumana filed a restraining order of her own on Friday, with her lawyer alleging that there was “a lot, a lot, of physical violence.”

Notes: Wolves F Marko Jaric missed his second straight game with a thumb injury on his shooting hand. Coach Dwane Casey said they are going to let him rest it for a few games before bringing him back. … Carter and Kidd both congratulated Garnett on the court when his rebound milestone was announced in the third quarter.

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