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NBA Sleepy Garnett gives Cavs fits



Published: Sun, February 16, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



His 41st double-double this season led the Timberwolves to a win at Gund Arena.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kevin Garnett looked a lot more like the All-Star MVP than a guy playing on just 90 minutes of sleep.

Garnett had 26 points and 17 rebounds Wednesday for his 41st double-double this season to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-91.

"We showed a lot of character going out and playing without, to me, 100 percent energy," Garnett said. "But the effort was 1,000 percent and sometimes that outweighs everything."

Garnett had a sluggish first quarter, then baffled the Cavaliers with a series of spin moves and a few mid-range jumpers. He also had two blocked shots, giving him 1,000 for his career.

"We couldn't find anybody to match up with him," said Ricky Davis, who led Cleveland with 26 points.

MVP

After scoring 37 points to win the All-Star MVP award on Sunday night in Atlanta, Garnett had 26 points in a home victory Tuesday night. The team stayed in Minnesota because of a storm in Cleveland, then got up early Wednesday to travel.

"We were working off an hour and 30 minutes worth of sleep today," Garnett said. "You can't give excuses, you have to go out and play."

Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points for Minnesota, which has won four straight and 10 of 12.

"I was concerned with a letdown and concerned that we didn't get here until about 1 [p.m.]," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We did a better job defensively in the third quarter and started playing off K.G. He's been a monster scoring wise and rebounding wise."

Woes continue

Jumaine Jones had 18 points for Cleveland, which lost for the 12th time in 14 games and fell to 2-8 under interim coach Keith Smart.

It was Davis' first game against Minnesota since the Cavs matched a $34 million, six-year offer sheet he received from the Timberwolves in August. At the time, his agent, Dan Fegan, said Davis preferred to play in Minnesota.

"I think about it a lot," Davis said of not joining Garnett. "I just have to let it go. It is hard to think about. He's a great, great player."

Garnett passed on similar regards.

"I always thought Rick was one of the up-and-coming dominant players," he said.

Davis scored 13 points in the first quarter as Cleveland opened a 10-point lead, but the Timberwolves soon took command.

Minnesota broke away from a 57-54 halftime lead to open an 80-66 advantage as the Cavaliers committed seven turnovers in the third quarter.

At one point, Cleveland missed 15 of 17 shots from the field.

"Turnovers are killing us," Davis said.

The Cavs shot 14-for-40 and had 13 turnovers in the second half.




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