Buzzer Beater Boosts Boston Over Wolves

Last-second tip-in decides it; Garnett sits out in return to Minn.
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2008 6:34 AM CST
Boston Celtics' Ray Allen, left, and a diving Minnesota Timberwolves' Antoine Walker, right, battle for a loose ball in fourth quarter of their NBA game Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in Minneapolis. The Celtics...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Leon Powe put back a missed layup attempt by Ray Allen as the horn sounded allowing Boston to eek past the Timberwolves for the second time in two weeks, 88-86. The game marked the return of Kevin Garnett to Minnesota, the former franchise player who was traded before the season. He received a 75-second standing ovation, reports the Star-Tribune.

Paul Pierce had 18 points and Ray Allen 17 for the guys in green. Al Jefferson, who was traded for Garnett, had 18 points, 9 rebounds. Boston, the NBA's top team, has won twice over Minnesota, the league's worst, by a total of three points. "We don't want to see them anymore, that's for sure," said Boston coach Doc Rivers.