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Portland at Minnesota

Garnett drains jumper at buzzer to give Minnesota win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After watching a rookie rivalry blossom, Kevin Garnett proclaimed that Randy Foye and Brandon Roy will one day be "something to be reckoned with."

Maybe like Garnett is right now.

Garnett's 15-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 94-93 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.

After LaMarcus Aldridge tipped in a miss by Jarrett Jack to give Portland a 93-92 lead, Garnett took a hurried inbounds pass with 2.2 seconds to go, dribbled once, wheeled and dropped a jumper over four outstretched Portland hands at the other end to give the Wolves the win.

"I really couldn't see over the hands, so I sorted of faded back a little bit, got it up, and it went in," Garnett said.

Garnett finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, but the 30-year-old veteran was overshadowed for most of the game by three impressive rookies.

Brandon Roy had 22 points and five rebounds and Aldridge added 13 points and six rebounds for the Blazers, who had won three in a row.

"We are starting to come together," Roy said. "It is that time of the year when you want your young guys to play well. We are getting a lot of time. We are trying to do the most we can with it."

Not to be outdone, Wolves rookie Randy Foye scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Wolves.

Portland led 87-82 with 3:17 to play before Foye took over.

He scored eight of Minnesota's next 10 points, including a fastbreak dunk that gave Minnesota a 92-89 lead with 51 seconds to go.

Roy came right back, hitting a left-handed layup, and Garnett was called for traveling to set up Aldridge's tip-in that gave the Blazers the lead with 8.4 seconds to play.

But even with Garnett's big shot, Foye and Roy were the two best players on Sunday.

Considered in June to be the two most NBA-ready players in the 2006-07 rookie class, they will likely be linked for their entire careers after being involved in a three-team trade on draft night.

The Timberwolves initially selected Roy with the sixth overall selection. Boston took Foye with the next pick, then shipped him to Portland for Sebastian Telfair. The deal was completed when Portland sent Foye and cash to the Wolves for Roy, the former Washington Husky.

"It's going to be a rivalry for a long time," Wolves forward Craig Smith said. "They're two great players who won't back down."

Roy came out firing on Sunday, hitting five of his first six shots and scoring 12 points to lead the Blazers in the first half.

He showed a little bit of everything against the team that traded him, hitting a couple of running jumpers, a pretty leaner in the lane and a 3-pointer all in the first quarter.

But Ricky Davis played tight defense on him in the fourth quarter. A little too tight in Portland coach Nate McMillan's eyes.

"I thought the officials allowed a lot of grabbing, a lot of holding, a lot of hand-checking during this game. It came down to that," McMillan said. "Just a lot of two-hand touching out on the perimeter, which is not allowed.

"I thought our guys tried to fight through it. But it is hard to get a read on what you can do defensively during the course of a game when it is called on one end and not on the other."

Foye came off the bench and only had four points at the start of the fourth quarter.

But the fourth quarter has been Foye's time all year long, and Sunday was no different. He made five of his six field goals and scored eight points during a 10-2 run that put the Wolves back in the game.

"When he has it going, I like to put him in positions for him to be totally, totally aggressive in pick and rolls and take advantage of his quickness and his strength," Garnett said. "He loves to be let off the leash."

Portland's Zach Randolph returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games while on bereavement leave. He came off the bench midway through the first quarter and showed little rust, finishing with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Notes

  • The Blazers' longest winning streak this season was five in a row from Dec. 10-20.
  • Craig Smith had 10 points in 16 minutes for the Wolves.
  • The Blazers wrap up their four-game road trip with a game at Chicago on Monday night.
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Better with age: 30-year-old Kevin Garnett hits the game-winning shot for Minnesota.  (Getty Images)
Better with age: 30-year-old Kevin Garnett hits the game-winning shot for Minnesota. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Portland (29-41) 2225212593
Minnesota (30-39) «2222242694
POR:B. Roy 22 Pts
POR:J. Magloire 9 Reb
POR:Z. Randolph 6 Ast
MIN:K. Garnett 22 Pts
MIN:K. Garnett 9 Reb
MIN:R. Davis 8 Ast
Players of the Game
MinnesotaPortland

K. Garnett

Z. Randolph
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
22911996

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Portland
B. Roy, SG369-143-452322
Z. Randolph, PF347-135-696319
J. Jack, PG343-91-12527
J. Magloire, C244-62-490310
I. Udoka, SF211-60-03112
L. Aldridge, C295-123-360313
M. Webster, SG245-90-011113
T. Outlaw, PF121-40-01012
F. Jones, SG101-20-00202
S. Rodriguez, PG80-10-01000
D. Dickau, PG71-10-03113
R. LaFrentz, PFDid Not Play
D. Miles, SFDid Not Play
J. Przybilla, CDid Not Play
L. Schenscher, CDid Not Play
Totals 37-7714-1840181893
 48.1%77.8% 
Minnesota
R. Davis, SG455-114-458315
M. Blount, C415-90-061310
K. Garnett, PF3510-192-491222
M. James, PG304-62-235011
T. Hassell, SF262-30-03414
R. Foye, PG237-103-413317
R. McCants, SG211-63-43325
C. Smith, PF164-52-220110
M. Madsen, C30-00-00010
T. Hudson, PGDid Not Play
M. Jaric, PGDid Not Play
B. Wright, SGDid Not Play
J. Reed, SFDid Not Play
Totals 38-6916-2032251694
 55.1%80.0% 
Other Games
Dal 104 Final
Atl 97
Chi 92 Final
Ind 90
Det 121 Final
Mil 95
Pho 100 Final
Sac 107
Hou 94 Final
NO 106
Den 105 Final
Cle 93
SA 120 Final
Sea 79
GS 113 Final
LAL 115